If you check out any pet store, the selection of dog treats is quite impressive. All flavors, textures, shapes, and sizes of treats to use for training, rewarding good behavior and more. But what if your dog has a sensitive stomach? Here’s a list of the best dog treats for sensitive stomachs.
Over the course of 13+ years with our dog Charlie, we tried virtually every brand of food and treat under the sun. Our dog had GI issues quite frequently over the years and finding something that wouldn’t upset his stomach proved to be a challenge.
We had one summer with Charlie when he gained around 7 or 8 pounds. He was a big dog anyway but instead of looking lean and muscular, he was starting to look a little fluffy. Turns out one of the kids was giving him a treat every single time he went outside to potty even if he didn’t do anything.
He had several diarrhea episodes that summer and it took a while before we figured out why!
So keep a check on the number of treats your dogs are getting. Too much of anything can cause issues with sensitive stomachs.
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Dog Treats For Sensitive Stomachs
There are a few important things to consider when choosing dog treats, particularly for those dogs with sensitive stomachs. You should know the signs and symptoms and also common causes.
What Are Signs and Symptoms of Sensitive stomachs In Dogs?
Sensitive stomachs in dogs can mean a variety of issues that show up such as:
- rash or skin allergies
- excessive gas
If your dog has a sudden onset of any of these symptoms, contact your vet.
Common Ingredients that Can Aggravate Sensitive Stomachs in Dogs
- Sugars (look for terms like sucrose or corn syrup)
- Excess fat
Also, new puppies tend to get more treats due to training and rewarding those good behaviors we want to see more often. That’s something to consider when choosing treats.
Pay attention when starting something new and don’t start several new food items or treats at the same time. If you get a new brand of treat for your dog baby, make that the only new food item for several days. You want to be able to pinpoint the cause of any problems.
And let me know if you’ve found a favorite treat that calms your dog’s tummy! Email me at melissa at caringforadog.com.
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