Tips to manage your pet’s gut health

Friday 29th May marks World Digestive Health Day and during the current situation, it’s important not to forget about our pet’s health.

Now that we are able to spend more time outside, following the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions, looking after your pet’s gut health is key to reduce unwanted trips to the vets.

Natural animal health company, nutravet share the typical signs of a sensitive tummy, which can include, a frequent runny nose, loose stools, loss of appetite, excessive flatulence and marked lethargy.

Korina Stephens, RVN at nutravet explains: “A healthy gut in pets can benefit their overall health. The gut is inhabited by billions of microbes called microflora. These bacteria have a fundamental impact on the physiology and wellbeing of your pet. The benefits of a healthy microflora are not just limited to digestion.

“Due to the inquisitive and natural presence to explore, scavenge, taste and put themselves in places they shouldn’t be (and because pet owners and humans have a habit of offering too many treats) pets are prone to tummy upsets. At nutravet, we want to help pet owners to be aware of the hazards whilst out on walks and also in the home that can help to ensure their beloved four-legged friends have healthy tummies.”

To help maintain your pet’s digestive health, nutravet share their top tips:

Prevent scavenging

When out on walks or while your pet is in the garden, keep an eye on your dog to prevent them from picking up any foreign objects or discarded food. Also, prevent them from drinking from puddles and eating plant material.

Avoid table scraps and treats

The food we eat may not be suitable for your dog or cat. To maintain your pet’s healthy digestion, try to prevent family members from feeding your pet food not intended for them. Try not to give your pet table scraps or snacks, which could lead to a sensitive tummy.

Keep up to date with deworming and vaccinations

Be sure to keep on track with deworming and disease vaccinations. Speak to your vet who will be able to advise a suitable course of action for your pet, dependent on their age or size.

Minimise stress

Stress can impact your pet’s digestive health and during lockdown, pets may become anxious due to new routines and more people in the home. Try to reduce any stress within your pet’s home and outdoor environment. You could do this by keeping to your pet’s routine as much as possible, including sleeping, food and walking routines.

Allow access to clean, fresh water

Your pet should be encouraged to consume more fresh water, which should be presented in a way that your pet prefers whilst having access to a constant supply. The aim of this is to reduce the chances of dehydration.

Foreign bodies

Be careful when giving your dog or cat small toys to play with. These can get chewed and swallowed and cause discomfort for your pet.

Consider natural probiotics for dogs

Probiotics are becoming recognised more and more as a positive way to improve the health and wellbeing of dogs and cats, by both vets and pet owners. They can maintain long-term gut health, support the tummy during stressful times and help to boost the immune system. nutrabio and nutraflora are both natural probiotics for gut health. They both use a unique combination of proven natural ingredients to help maintain digestive balance for short and long-term gut health.

Consult your vet

If you’re worried about your pet, be sure to speak to your vet who is best placed to offer advice for your pet’s health. Be sure to take on board any advice they offer.

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