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Saturday, September 30, 2017

How To Help Your Husky's Sensitive Tummy

How To Help Your Husky's Sensitive Tummy

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You have done some research and decided a husky was just the right fit for your home and now you are wondering why they have the runs, or even worse, why they keep throwing up all that new food you just gave them. Congratulations, you are officially a genuine husky owner! Huskies are well-known for having sensitive tummies and it can take a lot of trial and error to get them on a diet that is both good for them and gentle on those sensitive stomachs!

I was fortunate enough to know ahead of time that I was bringing home a sensitive tummy canine companion so I was ready with my own tips and tricks for keeping her regulated. Here are several ways that you can do the same for your little pup.

1.) Always have some canned pumpkin in your pantry. Pumpkin is a fantastic go-to for both the runs and constipation and will keep your husky stools solid looking. It contains a lot of fiber, which is very important for tummies. It will slow digestion as well as soak up excess water which is how it provides the double benefit. The pumpkin can also help with weight management if you find that your little buddy is getting too big. It makes your pet feel fuller so they will eat less of the not so healthy stuff! This site gives lots of other benefits of pumpkin too - 13 Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets.


2.) Start them off with a grain free diet. Grains in dog food are a common issue as many dogs are actually allergic to them and they don't actually need carbs in their diet at all. It is better to spend a little more on a food that is full of meat and other healthy ingredients, they will need less and you will have less mess to clean up! I use Heritage Ranch by HEB which is similar to Merrick. It is grain free and my husky goes nuts at mealtimes so I call it a win! It is also a little easier on the wallet than some of the other brands.


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3.) Try not to feed them scraps. It is hard not to want to share your own delicious dinner bits with your husky, especially when they sit there with those adorable little faces just waiting but if you don't want them to suffer, it is important not to share.  Now if you are eating delightful and healthy things like boiled chicken, a little bite now and again may not be detrimental.  I would recommend waiting until after mealtimes however and offering a special treat, like a homemade baked biscuit or a carrot with some peanut butter. There are all sorts of healthy treats you can offer that are gentle on their tummies.


4.) Change diets slowly.  When you notice your husky having an issue with food they are on, don't go cold turkey and change up their meals because that can make the problem worse, even make it last longer. Instead, make sure to mix the new and old food together over a period of time, generally a couple of weeks is recommended, each day adding a little more new and a little less old until the old is gone. This way the new food is introduced slowly, allowing your husky's tummy to adapt easily.

Again, the most important thing is to keep trying different things. If one food doesn't work, don't be afraid to change it out until you find one that works for them!!!

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