Diarrhea is characterized by frequent loose or liquid bowel movements. It can be caused by something as simple as a change in diet or a more serious illness or infection. Diarrhea may be sudden in onset and short in duration. It can also last for weeks to months or occur off and on. A single bout of diarrhea is generally not a cause for concern in dogs -- but if it persists for more than a day, it can lead to dehydration, or it may indicate an underlying health issue and should be checked...
The food that makes up a dog’s main meals should have a statement on the label from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) -- that the product “provides complete and balanced nutrition,” or that the product “is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.”
The main ingredient you choose for your pooch -- chicken, lamb, beef, or something else -- doesn’t make much of a difference, says Sherry Sanderson, DVM, associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. The important thing is that he can eat it with no problems.
2. Don’t rule out by-products or grains.
Chicken and meat by-products get a bad rap, thanks to companies that claim “real chicken” or “real meat” ingredients are better. The terms “by-product” or “by-product meal” refer to ground-up parts of the animal carcass, including bones and organs. But they can be very nutritious, Sanderson says -- even more nutritious than the muscle meat that we, as humans, enjoy.
Grains and corn meal are also common ingredients in commercial dog foods -- and that’s OK, says Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, associate professor at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Going gluten-free may be a trendy diet for people, but we rarely see dogs with gluten sensitivities.”
If you do think your pal might be allergic to something in her food, don’t make a diagnosis yourself. Ask your veterinarian how to figure out exactly which ingredient to avoid.