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Just like human beings, pets need a change in their food and diet. You can't expect them to eat the same pet food their entire lives. Your pet’s dietary needs can and will change over time due to factors like their age, their overall health, and their activity level. Here are some of the signs that let you know that you need to change your pet's food.
- Your dog's coat starts looking dull.Pet food that is rich in essential fatty acids ensures that your a pet’s skin remains healthy, and results in a shiny and healthy coat. Most pet foods are specially made to improve your pet's skin and coat. Pet food that contains both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are known to make your pet’s coat shiny and bright in no time.
- Your pet has diarrheaChronic diarrhoea and regurgitation are not good signs. It is one of the most evident sign that your pet's food is not appropriate. Having a case of loose stools can affect your dog's health negatively. It is also a sign that your pet hasn't digested the food properly.
- Your pet is becoming increasingly lazy.Your pet might suffer from malnutrition or the lack of enough nutrition because of the low-quality pet food or if your pet has recently gone through a stressful event, illness, or surgery. Pet food that has high levels of antioxidants can help boost the immune response to accelerate your pet’s recovery and get them back on their feet in no time. Before you change your pet's diet in this case, consult a vet as well.
- Your pet is growing older and going through the Senioritis phase.Pets are usually considered middle-aged to senior around 5-7 years. Senior diets, for example, are lower in calories but higher in fibre, and often have supplements that are specific to this life stage such as joint support and antioxidants. Look for pet food labelled for “adult maintenance.”
- You find your pet itching very often.Like humans, pets can suffer from allergies, and food allergy is just one of several possible causes. Itching manifests as dry and itching skin. You can consult with your veterinarian, who can recommend either a prescription diet or an over the counter sensitive skin diet, depending on your pet’s individual needs.
- You find your pet itching very often.Like humans, pets can suffer from allergies, and food allergy is just one of several possible causes. Itching manifests as dry and itching skin. Pets who are allergic to certain food may benefit from a low-allergen diet. You can consult with your veterinarian, who can recommend either a prescription diet or an over the counter sensitive skin diet, depending on your pet’s individual needs.
Check for these signs and consult with your vet to make sure that your pet receives the right food.