Providing your dog with a healthy diet is one of the most important things that you need to do as a pet owner. If you want to take exceptional care of your dog, you have to ensure that your fur baby is eating high-quality food that promotes good nutrition and optimal digestion. Here are some signs that you may need to make changes to your dog’s diet. 

You’re Concerned About Weight Gain

Being overweight or obese puts your dog’s overall health at risk. If your dog needs to lose some weight to get healthy, you probably need to think about making dietary changes to lower his or her caloric intake.

Everything Your Dog Eats Is Grain Free

There is a common misconception that dogs are carnivores. In actuality, dogs are omnivores. Cats are true carnivores, but dogs are not.

A lot of the most popular pet foods brag about being grain free, but this type of formula is not optimal for your dog’s health. Grain free foods often include too much protein, which could cause kidney damage over time. Also, excessive protein in a pet’s diet can cause digestive discomfort. Instead of looking for exclusively grain free foods and treats, choose foods that feature several different food groups including grains and vegetables.

The Ingredients in Your Dog’s Current Food Are Questionable

Dog owners everywhere are becoming increasingly more scrutinizing about what’s in the food that they’re buying. In the pet food industry, the influence of the voice of the customer has prompted many manufacturers to use high-quality ingredients. Now that numerous companies are assigning more priority to making foods that are healthy rather than just making them as inexpensively as possible, you have more options to buy health-focused food for your dog.   

Your Dog Isn’t Enthusiastic About Dinner

Food is a huge deal in the life of any domesticated animal. If your dog isn’t really excited about his or her dinner, then there’s probably a good reason why. Even if you’re quite sure that a meal is providing the nutritional content that your pup needs, remember it’s also important that food be a source of pleasure in order for a dog to feel happy and satisfied. Also, disinterest in food could be an indication that it simply isn’t well made. Dogs have a very acute sense of smell, and subpar ingredients are likely to be sensorily unpleasant.

When your dog has become noticeably unenthused about what’s in his or her dish, it’s definitely time to reevaluate meal options. Remember that some sudden changes in appetite like not eating at all are cause for concern. If your dog suddenly doesn’t want to eat at all, contact your veterinarian.

Your Dog Is Having Digestive Difficulty

Irregular digestive habits such as chronic constipation or frequent loose stool may be the product of your dog’s diet. Increasing your dog’s intake of fiber and eliminating possible allergens from your dog’s diet can offer considerable digestive relief.

You Need Your Vet to Weigh In

Your vet may have some key input about your pet’s diet. If you haven’t reviewed dietary information with a veterinary professional in a considerable length of time or you’ve made considerable changes to your pet’s diet since the last time that you did, you may want to touch base with your dog’s vet. It’s especially important that you get in touch with a vet If you’re concerned that your pet’s current diet isn’t meeting his or her individual needs or your pet is displaying signs of gastrointestinal discomfort.

Ultimately, your dog is counting on you to provide nutritious meals and treats. Be sure to buy or make delicious food that meets all of his or her key nutritional needs.


About the Author: Kevin Gardner works as a business consultant and unwinds by getting out of the office to spend time with his dogs, Stuart and Pepper. He enjoys writing about the things he’s learned as a pupper parent and loves to share his insights to help others.