December 05, 2012

Many dogs suffer from digestive problems and surprisingly many of these problems are caused by dog foods. Most dog foods contain artificial colors, flavors and preservatives and dairy and wheat to preserve shelf life and to make cheap foods more palatable. However many dogs cannot digest dairy and wheat effectively which can cause discomfort, diarrhea and even skin irritations. In these cases hypoallergenic dog foods should be fed, which are specifically designed to contain only natural ingredients and no dairy or wheat. It is always important to carefully check the food labels to ensure you are fully aware of the ingredients within the food that your dog is being fed.

The common symptoms of a food allergy can include; diarrhea, constipation, bloated stomach, hair loss, excessive scratching and red patches on the skin.

To diagnose a food allergy a food allergy test has to be conducted. This will involve feeding a complete bland food such as canine i/d for four to twelve weeks whilst the symptoms your dog displays are monitored. During the test it is vital that no other food is eaten by your dog as this will void the trial. It is important to note that you should seek veterinary advice before conducting any kind of food trial as there may be an underlying health issue that needs to be diagnosed. Also the canine i/d diet is prescription only so should be prescribed by your vet first before use.

Liquid Paraffin may also be recommended by your vet as a treatment for constipation, however regular use is dangerous as it can cause a range of disorders by preventing the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, create foreign-body granuloma (the body’s response to foreign material within the tissue) and can even lead to lipoid pneumonia (pneumonia caused by lipids entering the bronchial tree). Therefore always seek veterinary advice before using this product and advice on the duration of treatment.

Pro-Kolin is great for the treatment of diarrhea. It contains natural binding ingredients which coat the lining of the gut to calm and improve the consistency of stools. It also contains prebiotics which encourages the growth of good microorganisms important for digestion.

(Thanks for this guest post Samuel Winters)


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