FAQs

We know that you know your dog, here is some advice for when it comes to their food... that’s what we know, and want to be able to help you with!

Naturediet is a natural diet, with limited ingredient recipes. It is ideal for any breed, age, size or shape dog, especially for those who have allergies or sensitive tummies.  

You can find more about our ingredients here

Signs of Food Allergies

Dogs with food allergies can have skin problems and may also show gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting or diarrhoea.

Typical signs are itchy skin (or pruritus) affecting the face, ears, feet, axillae (armpits), stomach, groin and the skin around the anus. There is redness of the skin and dogs will scratch and lick the affected areas. Some dogs may only have recurrent ear infections which affects either one or both ears. Secondary skin infections such as alopecia and thickening of the skin are also a sign.

The signs are non-seasonal and are present throughout the year. As the signs of dogs suffering from allergic reactions to environmental allergens (atopy) are very similar to those of food allergies it can be very difficult to distinguish between the two conditions.

Sometimes dogs may be allergic to both food and environmental allergens so if unsure then visit your vet for diagnostic tests.

Obesity in Dogs

Obesity in pets is becoming an increasingly common problem within the UK. In a report by the PDSA, 40% of dog owners don’t know their pet’s current weight or body conditioning score and 50% of vets surveys predicted that obesity will have the biggest health and welfare implications in ten years’ time. These findings are a cause for concern as overweight pets are more at risk from developing health problems such as diabetes mellitus, arthritis, cardiovascular and respiratory problems and some cancers. It will also decrease the life expectancy of the pet.

It is important not to let your dog become overweight. It is more difficult to get your dog to lose weight than prevent the weight gain in the first place.

Obese dogs are at risk of developing health problems. They will have difficulty in getting up from lying down and will find exercising more difficult. They may become reluctant to go for a walk and are more lethargic.

Overweight dogs may also have difficulty breathing and being overweight can make existing respiratory diseases worse. They will also have an intolerance to heat and will find shady places to lie and will pant excessively, making them at a higher risk of heatstroke.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Dogs can suffer from a range of gastrointestinal diseases. These are diseases which affect the stomach and intestine of dogs and include conditions such as gastritis, gastroenteritis, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhoea and constipation among others. Signs may range from mild to severe. Always consult your vet if you have any concerns.

Gastritis

Gastritis or inflammation of the lining of the stomach is quite common in dogs and can occur suddenly or may be of longer duration as in chronic disease. It can be the result of your dog eating inappropriate food which can occur if they scavenge for food while out for a walk.

Signs to look for in acute gastritis are vomiting and a decrease in appetite. Your dog may also be lethargic and dehydrated and there might be blood in the vomit.

Severe gastritis may require hospital treatment. Dogs with chronic disease will vomit intermittently over a longer period of time and may lose weight.

Dogs with acute gastritis may recover without any need for treatment, whereas other dogs with severe or chronic symptoms will need to be examined and treated by a vet.

Colitis

Dogs that are prone to colitis may respond well to a diet which has a high fibre content and is easy to digest. Insoluble fibre in the diet can help slow down the speed that digested food passes through the large intestine, thereby providing more time for water and electrolytes to be absorbed resulting in better faecal consistency.

All Naturediet foods are highly digestible and include dietary fibre through natural ingredients such as carrots.

Dogs that have colitis caused by food allergies or intolerances may improve after changing their diet to our simple, easily digested meals which are wheat gluten free and do not contain any artificial preservatives, colourings or flavourings.

Feel Good Senior Lite contains a good source of natural dietary fibre, is low in fat and highly suitable for dogs suffering with colitis.

Fish is an excellent alternative to dogs who suffer from meat protein allergies. We have two fish based meals – Feel Good Salmon and White Fish is made with salmon and white fish and Feel Good Fish contains only ocean white fish.

We choose not to include beef or pork in any of our foods as they are harder proteins for dogs to digest.

Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is not uncommon in dogs. Dietary indiscretion and viruses (for example parvovirus) are some of the causes. Dogs with gastroenteritis vomit and pass diarrhoea. Their appetite may also be reduced and they may refuse to eat. They may also become dehydrated. Your dog may require vet treatment depending on the severity of the disease.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease is characterised by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Inflammatory cells infiltrate the wall of the stomach and intestines affecting the ability to absorb nutrients.

Causes of this condition can be a food intolerance, parasites, and infections or in many cases the cause is unknown. Some breeds are genetically prone to this condition.

Vomiting and diarrhoea which can be chronic or intermittent are signs seen in this condition. Weight loss and a change in appetite may also be seen. Blood may also be found in the faeces.

Diagnosis of this condition involves blood samples, radiographs and ultrasound scans to rule out other conditions. A biopsy of the gastrointestinal tract is necessary to diagnose IBD.

Dogs with inflammatory bowel disease may respond well to a dietary trial with a hypoallergenic diet. However, other dogs may need medication such as steroids, antibiotics and immune suppressants as well as a change of diet.

Constipation

Constipated dogs have difficulty in passing motions. They will strain to pass faeces and pass small hard faeces infrequently or may not be able to pass any at all. It is a cause of discomfort to dogs.

There are many reasons why your dog might be constipated. Diet, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions, medications, dehydration and neurological conditions are some of the causes. Dogs may also be reluctant to pass motions if their anal glands are infected. Some dogs may become constipated if they eat cooked bones or other foreign objects.

Older dogs may be more prone to constipation as they are less active. It is advisable to have your dog checked by a vet if they are constipated to diagnose the underlying cause and treat accordingly.

Diet is important in the management of this problem. Many dogs will respond to a diet which is high in fibre. All Naturediet recipes are highly digestible and contain natural dietary fibre to improve the environment for bowel bacteria, improving digestion and therefore faecal consistency.

Feel Good Senior Lite contains a good source of natural fibre. However, Senior Lite must not be given to puppies or adolescent dogs as it is lower in calories and will not meet their energy requirements.

Always ensure a bowl of water is always available and try to increase the exercise of your dog.

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is very common in dogs and can occur suddenly as in acute disease or may be longer in duration and intermittent as in chronic disease.

Dogs with diarrhoea pass loose or watery faeces more frequently than normal. Signs can range from mild to severe. Causes of diarrhoea in dogs include dietary indiscretions (such as scavenging something inappropriate), infections such as viruses and bacteria, parasites, food allergy or intolerance, a sudden change in diet, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and secondary to other non-intestinal diseases such as kidney failure.

Treatment depends on the cause and severity of the diarrhoea. Dogs with mild cases of diarrhoea may resolve without need for treatment whereas other dogs would require a visit to the vets.

It is very important that dogs with diarrhoea drink enough water so that they don’t become dehydrated.

Diet can help in the management and treatment of dogs with diarrhoea. Dogs with mild cases of diarrhoea may benefit from being fed a highly digestible diet which is low in fat.

Naturediet’s Feel Good Fish contains ocean white fish and is highly digestible and is naturally low in fat.

Dogs with diarrhoea which may be caused by a dietary intolerance may benefit from a change of diet to a diet with a protein source the dog hasn’t eaten previously. Dogs with a dietary intolerance to meat-based proteins such as beef or pork may be fed diets with fish as the protein source. Feel Good Salmon and White Fish contains salmon as the only source of protein and oils. It is easy to digest and as with all Naturediet foods it is a complete meal and provides all the nutrients a dog needs.

Feed several small meals to dogs recovering from a bout of diarrhoea or vomiting as large volumes of food may be more difficult to digest.

Introduce any new food to your dog over a period of 7 – 10 days so that your dog can become accustomed to the change of food. Sudden changes in food can cause digestive upsets. Extra care should be taken when changing from a wet to a dry food or vice versa.

Naturediet is a natural diet, with limited ingredient recipes. It is ideal for any breed, age, size or shape dog, especially for those who have allergies or sensitive tummies.  You can find more about our ingredients here 

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