Proper digestion is an important aspect of your dog’s health. Poor digestion can result in vomiting, diarrhea, recurrent gas, and even intestinal blockage. Therefore, it is essential to provide your dog with a well-balanced diet and chews that are highly digestible.
Many commercial brands of dog foods contain high amounts of protein derived from grain, soy, and corn. While these ingredients are not necessarily harmful to dogs, excessive amounts can result in poor nutrition. Some dogs have also been known to develop food allergies to certain types of grains such as wheat and barley.
Since dogs have a much shorter digestive tract than herbivores and omnivores, their stomachs are designed to primarily digest meat. Therefore, diets that are high in grain, soy, and corn could upset your dog’s stomach if given on a regular basis.
Natural Himalayan Dog Chews are grain, gluten, and soy-free and do not pose a threat to your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Other chews on the market, such as rawhides and pigs ears, have been known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis, and intestinal blockages. This is primarily due to a higher fat content and excessive amounts of grease.
Likewise, plastic chews have a tendency to become a choking hazard, as they can easily break off into smaller pieces and become lodged in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. If small enough, these pieces can sometimes pass through your dog’s stool; however, larger pieces can become stuck and remain undigested in your dog’s intestines. At this point, exploratory surgery is often necessary in order to remove any remaining bits of plastic.
In addition to regularly monitoring your dog’s eating habits, providing your dog with a well-balanced diet and highly digestible chews, such as Nourish Natural Himalayan Dog Chews, can ensure proper digestion and reduce the risk of stomach irritation and intestinal blockage.