The Best Dog Food for Sensitive Stomachs

October 22, 2021

Because dogs are so easygoing, it's tempting to believe that they can eat anything, but this is just not true. Our four-legged pals, like humans, have food aversions that make our stomachs suffer. Even though there are many veggies, fruits, and nuts that are healthy to feed our dogs, they can have sensitive stomachs at times. The 12 best dog foods for sensitive stomachs—from food-related disorders to underlying medical conditions—are listed below.

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WHERE CAN I FIND OUT IF MY DOG HAS A SENSITIVE STOMACH?

If your pet appears to be reacting negatively to their regular food, the first line of defense is to take them to a veterinarian for a correct diagnosis. Typical indications and symptoms of a sensitive stomach in your dog include:

  • Appetite loss
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating sDiarrhea
  • a lot of gas
  • Symptoms of abdominal pain

WHAT TYPE OF DOG FOOD SHOULD I GIVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH DOG?

According to Dog Food Advisor, the following varieties of dog food are excellent for dogs with sensitive stomachs:

  1. Limited ingredient dog food: Best for determining what exactly is causing your furry friend's digestive difficulties, limited ingredient food contains fewer substances than ordinary food. It typically contains one source of new protein (from meat), low to moderate quantities of fat, and probiotics to help digestion. Just avoid limited ingredient foods that contain artificial colorings and additives.
  2. Hypoallergenic dog food: This meal is manufactured from proteins that have been broken down into amino acids, making them less noticeable in your dog's immune system and lowering the likelihood of a negative reaction.
  3. Prescription gastrointestinal (GI) dog food: Prescription GI dog foods are created exclusively for dogs with digestive difficulties and must be purchased with a veterinarian's approval.

HOW CAN I INTRODUCE NEW FOOD TO MY DOG SAFELY WHEN HE HAS A SENSITIVE STOMACH?

When your dog has a sensitive stomach, the last thing you want to do is replace their current food with a whole new one overnight. The American Kernel Club advocates starting with 80 to 90 percent old food and 10 to 20 percent new food for the first meal, then gradually increasing the quantities over the course of 10 days.

SCIENCE OF HILL ADULT SENSITIVE STOMACH & SKIN DIET

This dish contains not only real chicken and prebiotic fiber, which promotes good digestion, but also vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote healthy skin and a lustrous coat. Your dog will feel and look great.

SENSITIVE STOMACH FORMULA DIAMOND CARE

This kibble is designed specifically for dogs that have food-related gastrointestinal difficulties, and it contains easily digestible egg protein and potatoes as a carbohydrate source. This solution contains beneficial bacteria unique to the canine GI tract, which aids in digestion.

PURINA PRO PLAN SENSITIVE PUPPY SKIN & STOMACH

Puppies are already sensitive, so you want to be sure you're feeding them the appropriate foods, and this Purina Pro Plan option offers just that. It contains easy-to-digest salmon and rice, live probiotics to improve gastrointestinal health, and omega-6 fatty acids (from sunflower oil) and vitamin A for your puppy's healthy skin and coat.

SENSITIVE SKIN & STOMACH PURINA PRO PLAN

When you see your German shepherd rushing and chasing after birds in the park, he may remind you of an unbeatable jungle wolf, but even the biggest dogs can get gastrointestinal problems. This dog chow is designed for our gentle beasts who are enormous in size yet nonetheless delicate. It contains not just prebiotics and probiotics for a healthy gut, but also glucosamine and EPA omega-3 fatty acids for joint support.

DOG FOOD ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET GASTROINTESTINAL LOW FAT

This kibble is appropriate for dogs who have difficulty digesting or tolerating fat. Despite its low fat level, it contains enough nutrients and calories to suit your dog's daily needs. For healthy GI transit, Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Low Fat Dry Dog Food contains highly digestible proteins and prebiotics, as well as soluble and insoluble fibers. Please keep in mind that this formula is only available by prescription, so you'll need vet approval to acquire it.

DIET BLUE BUFFALO BASICS WITH LIMITED INGREDIENTS

Blue Buffalo's Basic Limited Ingredient Diet may be the way to go for pet parents who have toy dogs with a lot of energy but small and sensitive stomachs. This turkey and potato recipe, which also includes some tasty brown rice, pumpkin, and oats, will keep your young pups energized. It also contains Blue Buffalo's patented LifeSource Bits, a blend of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins chosen by veterinarians and animal nutritionists to enhance your pup's overall health and wellness.

LOW FAT HILL'S PRESCRIPTION DIET I/D DIGESTIVE CARE

This meal, which also requires a doctor's prescription, is an excellent choice for dogs who have difficulty processing protein. It contains antioxidants that promote immune system health, prebiotics that promote gut health, and omega-3 fatty acids that promote GI recovery, skin and coat health. As an added bonus, ginger is included in this recipe to help calm and soothe sensitive digestive tracts and keep Fido happy.

SCIENCE OF HILL ADULT DIET 7+ CANNED DOG FOOD

Just as puppies require more attention as their organs develop, mature dogs require extra affection to stay healthy. This Hill's Science formula pampers your four-legged family member with real beef, brown rice, and a medley of scrumptious veggies, including peas and carrots, all coated in a wonderful sauce. Yum!

L.I.D. NATURAL BALANCE DIETS WITH LIMITED INGREDIENTS

This premium dog chow was developed by a team of board-certified clinical veterinarians, animal nutritionists, and research scientists who worked together to ensure that your pet receives the finest of the best despite a limited budget. This dry dog chow has delightful sweet potato as a carbohydrate source and tasty (genuine) salmon as a protein source. There are no added peas, pea protein, lentils, beans, maize, wheat, or soy, which reduces the possibility of an allergic reaction.

GRAIN-FREE PURE DRY DOG FOOD CANIDAE

Just because your dog has a sensitive stomach doesn't mean they can't eat meat. Give them some protein they can truly dig their teeth into with this special edition Canidae formula that includes bison as a prominent ingredient. Despite the fact that it contains only nine extra ingredients, this grain-free food provides your dog with all of the probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients they require for a happy stomach and healthy skin and coat.

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