There are many high quality pet foods available that make an excellent choice for many dogs and cats. Like many pet owners, you probably took the time to research a few different brands before finding a recipe to feed furry family members that made you happy. However, just because you are happy with the ingredients doesn’t mean that your pet is, too! Be sure to watch for these signs that your pet wants you to change what you are feeding them:
An Upset Stomach
Frequent flatulence, loose stools, constipation, and frequent vomiting are all signs your pet has an intolerance to an ingredient in the food they are eating.
If your pet has dry, flakey skin or a dull coat, your pet may not be getting enough oils or essential fatty acids from the food they are eating.
Acting tired or lethargic could mean your pet is not getting enough energy from their food. You may want to consider switching them to a food that is more calorically dense or that has a lower carbohydrate level.
Hot spots, excessive itching, and chronic ear issues are symptoms of allergic reactions in pets. It is likely than an ingredient in what your pet is eating triggering these symptoms and they may need to cut out grain or a specific protein from their diet.
What you are feeding plays a big role in controlling your pet’s weight. Underweight pets often are not consuming enough of their food, or are eating a food that is not providing them with adequate nutrients for their energy level. An overweight pet may either be eating too much or may need to switch to a food with a lower carbohydrate content.
If you’ve been feeding your pet the same recipe for months or years on end, a loss it appetite could be a sign that your pet has grown bored of the flavour. Changing their food can bring excitement back to meal time.
While these signals are often solved by changing your pet’s food, it is important to remember that they may be a result of something more serious. Talk to your veterinarian if your dog or cat is showing any of these symptoms to rule out other potential causes.