The Secret Of Feeding Your Sick Pet

Written by Dr. Muqeet Mushtaq DVM, MS ABG (Animal Breeding and Genetics)

 

Introduction

There are five major types of dog foods to give your dogs typically:

  1. Kibble/Dry Food
  2. Moist
  3. Semi-moist
  4. Canned
  5. Home-cooked
Which Pet Food Is The Best For Sick Dog?


The answer to this is complicated because there are many factors which affect the feeding of ill dogs. For example, if your dog is accustom to any specific food, he will prefer to eat only that food even when he is sick. Also, we never change the dog food immediately; otherwise, it causes gastrointestinal issues in them. So always change their food slowly.

Due to the reasons mentioned above, veterinary experts suggest giving the home-cooked recipes for ill dogs. Continue reading to learn more about recipes of ill dogs.

Foods to Feed Your Dog When He Is Sick



Feeding a sick dog is challenging. Decreased appetite, upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhoea make caring for an ill dog nerve-racking for both you and your dog. A soft and balanced diet can help ease some of these symptoms while also providing adequate nutrition your dog need to recover.

The following five recipes are intended for ill dogs with stomach upset, including nausea, gas, diarrhoea, and constipation. As these symptoms are usually signs of a more severe problem, always check with your pet veterinarian before taking feeding or treatment into your own hands.

Use only the following food recipes when you rule out other health risks and discuss this feeding plan with your veterinarian. Remember that dogs with health conditions, such as cancer, allergies, diabetes, or senior/older dogs, may need extra nutrition to stay healthy.

  1. Shredded Chicken: Plain, boiled, unseasoned, shredded chicken is easy to eat and digest by dogs. This shredded chicken is packed with essential minerals, vitamins, fats, and essential amino acids, making it an excellent meal for dogs feeling ill
  2. Pumpkin: Pumpkin is high in fibre, which provides the adequate fibre requirement of dog digestive systems. Cooked, unsalted, peeled, unseasoned and unflavoured pumpkin contains thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, dietary fibre, phosphorous, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, riboflavin, copper, and manganese
  3. Bone Broth: Bone broth is a very soft, mild, and liquid meal that provides a soothing effect to canine stomachs and helps in providing adequate nutrients to them. It is also a delicious and nutritious way to add moisture and flavour to kibble/dry food and Bone Broth support canines with reduced appetites to eat more
  4. Baby Food: Baby food is another excellent option, and it is very easy to swallow and digest, and baby food serves as a great way to give oral medications. Pet veterinarians recommend that you must feed your dogs with meat-based baby foods like lamb, chicken, beef and turkey, as long as the baby food does not contain any flavour or preservatives along with onion or garlic powder
  5. Chicken and Rice: Rice and chicken are prime ingredients in many commercial dog foods, and these soft foods do well with ill dogs having upset stomach due to any condition. All you need are skinless, boneless chicken breasts and good quality rice
Notes
  • Feeding a soft and balanced diet can alleviate some of your dog's intestinal discomfort/distress
  • Several home-cooked foods are beneficial to dogs with upset stomachs such as Baby Food, Bone Broth, Chicken and Rice
  • Occasionally, gastritis may indicate any more severe problem. So, always consult a vet

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