Signs You Are Not Feeding Your Dog The Right Food

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When it comes to feeding a dog, there are lots of options: dry food, canned food, natural diet... and sometimes it's hard to choose the right one.

If you have any doubt on whether you have chosen the right food for your dog, pay attention and ask your vet. These are signs you are not feeding your dog the right food:

1. Gas

Some dogs are more prone to gas than others. However, gas shouldn't be too frequent or fetid. If your dog has gas and it smells pretty bad, it means his digestive system is not working properly.

Gas might be caused by:

-- Eating too fast

-- Bad digestion, caused by problems of the pancreas

-- Food allergy

-- Changes in diet

There are other causes not strictly linked to food. Only the vet can give a diagnose and solve the problem.

2. Bowel Problems

If your dog has chronic diarrhea or constipation, it may be caused by what he is eating. Bowels are not working as they should, maybe due to a food allergy.

3. Itching

Itching is another symptom of food allergy. The dog is very itchy, to the point that hurts himself scratching. The vet should take a look at your dog to know if the itching is caused by a food allergy or another skin problem (dermatitis, allergy to fleas, etc.)

4. Ear Infection

It might sound as a non-related problem, but ear problems might also be linked to a bad diet. If your dog has chronic** ear infections, bad smell or itching**, ask your vet about the possibility of this beeing caused by a food allergy.

5. Weight Problems

If your dog is obese or too thin, you should suspect that he is not beeing fed correctly. First, check the amount of food you are giving your dog, but also the nutrients. If he eats commercial food, read the label. If there is something you don't understand, ask your vet. If you give your dog a natural diet, ask a nutritionist about quantities and types of foods a healthy dog needs.