1. Dull, Flakey Coat
Diets rich in essential fatty acids are a key component in keeping a pet’s skin and coat healthy. Look for a diet containing both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to make your pet’s coat shiny and bright.
If your pet has recently undergone a stressful event, illness, or surgery, he may understandably be a little worn out. Diets with high levels of antioxidants can help boost the immune response to accelerate your pet’s recovery and get them back on their feet. If your pet is suddenly acting lethargic and weak it should be seen by a veterinarian before making dietary changes.
3. New Life Stage
Depending on the size of the animal, pets are considered puppies/kittens under 1 year, adults 1-6 years, and seniors 6+. As pets age, their nutrient requirements change too. In the early stages of life, young pets need high levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to ensure proper growth. Senior diets are generally lower in calories but higher in fiber, and often have supplements specific to this lifestage such as joint support and antioxidants. If you see a food labeled “for all life stages” it is really a puppy/kitten food and will contain levels of fat, sodium, protein and other nutrients that are too high for the older pet. Look for a foods labeled as “puppy”, “adult”, or “senior”.
4. Hefty Midsection
If your pet needs to lose a few inches, a diet specifically designated for weight loss will ensure that they still have the proper amount of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals while ingesting fewer calories. These diets take advantage of the latest research in pet weight management to ensure your pet is on their way to a healthier weight. If your pet is extremely overweight or obese, however, it’s best that you consult with your veterinarian for a therapeutic nutritional solution.
5. GI Disturbances
Chronic flatulence, loose stool, or rumbly stomachs can be the result of food intolerance or the low quality of food that you’re feeding your pet. Some pets simply don’t tolerate certain diets or ingredients as well as other ones. GI upset is an inconvenience to owners as well as being uncomfortable for your pet. If this is an ongoing problem for you, ask your vet to diagnose the problem. The solution may be as easy as switching to premium food or a sensitive stomach diet that’s right for your pet.
6. Constant Itchiness
Allergies are common in pets, and food is just one of several possible causes. Regardless of the cause, though, allergic pets may benefit from a low-allergen diet that reduces the amount of potential allergens they are exposed to. Your veterinarian can recommend either a prescription diet or an over the counter sensitive skin diet, depending on your pet’s particular needs.
When switching foods gradually introduce any new food over a seven-day period. Mix the new food with your pet’s former food, gradually increasing the amount until only the new food is fed.