Digestive issues and skin sensitivities are among the top reasons pets visit their veterinarians
Pet parents everywhere have spent much more time at home with their furry family members over the past few years and as a result, are more tuned in than ever to their unique needs, like their dietary health. Studies have shown that digestive issues and skin sensitivities are among the top reasons pet parents take their furry family members to the veterinarian. But what many pet parents don’t know is that these issues are often linked.
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Together with animal expert and nationally recognized veterinarian, Dr. Evan Antin, Blue Buffalo, the nation’s leading natural pet food, aims to educate pet parents on the signs and symptoms of dog dietary issues, and share expert solutions to help make their dogs healthier and happier.
“Nutritional modification can be an easy and effective approach to helping dogs who present with symptoms of dietary issues and skin sensitivities linked to diet,” explains Dr. Antin. “That’s why it's important to be aware of what is typical for your pet when it comes to their digestion and nutritional needs, so you can address any issues with your veterinarian quickly. Pets are such important members of our families, and they deserve to live happy, healthy lives.”
Dr. Antin and Blue Buffalo have developed the below expert tips to help pet parents better manage their dogs’ digestive and skin sensitivities:
- Hydration: It’s important to help your dog stay hydrated, particularly if they are experiencing digestive issues. Ice chips may be helpful until their stomach settles.
- Gentle foods for sensitive stomachs: A temporary bland diet such as lean chicken and rice, or fat free cottage cheese and rice for four to five days following GI symptoms may be recommended by your veterinarian. Also, daily dietary supplementation with canned pumpkin is a popular choice for sensitive stomachs and can help fight indigestion because it is rich in fiber. Consult with your veterinarian for the appropriate amount to add to your pet's daily meal.
- Limited ingredient diets: Look for limited ingredient diets formulated with ingredients that support digestion such as BLUE Basics. BLUE Basics provides a unique ingredient offering that benefits immune health while supporting healthy skin/coat and gentle digestion. Basics is a limited ingredient diet, meaning it has a single animal protein source, no chicken or beef, no dairy or eggs. This makes it a great diet for pets with food sensitivities. BLUE Basics has Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids to support skin and coat health, Vitamins E and C to support immune health, and superior nutrition through quality, natural ingredients, all part of Blue Buffalo’s True Blue Promise.
- A diet designed for digestive care: Another option is a diet specifically designed for digestive care, like BLUE True Solutions Blissful Belly, which supports digestive health naturally with prebiotic fiber, and high-quality, natural ingredients clinically proven to support specific digestive needs and recommended by veterinarians and animal nutritionists.
- A diet designed for skin care: Dogs and cats can develop sensitivities to common ingredients like chicken, beef, dairy, wheat, and lamb. Your veterinarian may recommend a limited ingredient diet to avoid these triggers, like BLUE Basics. Or, you may need a diet tailored specifically for skin sensitivities like BLUE’s True Solutions Skin and Coat Care Formula, which is made with clinically-proven ingredients that help support healthy skin and shiny coats.
About The Blue Buffalo, Co.
Blue Buffalo, the country’s #1 wholesome natural pet food, started with a promise made to a lovable Airedale named Blue who struggled with cancer, the leading cause of death in dogs. His family, the Bishops, wanted to feed him the best food possible, so they searched for food with high-quality ingredients, but decided to create something even better – natural pet food for dogs and cats with nutritious ingredients, real meat first, and some of the highest standards in the industry. Since Day 1, BLUE’s team of veterinarians and animal nutritionists has carefully selected high-quality, natural ingredients and upheld its True BLUE Promise to dog and cat pet parents – real meat as the first ingredient with NO chicken (or poultry) by-product meals, NO corn, wheat or soy, and NO artificial flavors or preservatives. The result is a portfolio of high-quality, natural food and treats that both dogs and cats love. This simple idea: “Love them like family. Feed them like family.” lives on today in every Blue Buffalo recipe.