We all spend a great deal of time with our beloved pets. Wouldn’t it wonderful if we could understand and read their emotions?
You know your pet is excited when it’s time to eat or taken for a walk. You know they love it when you take the time to play with them, the excitement radiates throughout them. Unfortunately, there are times we can’t understand why they are not acting like themselves.
According to Brian Zanghi, Ph.D, senior research and nutritionist at Purina, if your pet is not acting normally, it could be a sign that something is wrong with their health.
He went on to say that pets have constant communication going on between their gut and their brain. Signals are sent traveling along their nerves and if something is wrong with their digestive system, their brain will be alerted that something is off which will lead to a change in the emotions.
What Causes Poor Gut Issues In Your Pet?
The correct balance in your pet’s gut health is based on a gut that is loaded with millions of bacteria that are good and others that are bad, just like people.
When the majority of bacteria in the system is good, your pet’s gut will be quite healthy and function properly. On the other hand, if the majority of bacteria is bad, it can lead to stomach problems.
Reasons Why Your Pet’s Digestive System Is Off:
Your pet’s digestive system can be thrown off for many different reasons which will impact their health. Some of these reasons include:
- A change in their food
- A change in their eating schedule
- A change in their sleeping schedule
- Changes in their environment
What Are The Signs That Your Pet Is Suffering From A Poor Digestive System?
Many stomach problems will show up in the form of stress in your pet. It’s certainly not easy to always know when your pet is stressed out. In many cases, there are signs that your pet will show:
- Relieving themselves in the house
- Either sleeping a lot or not at all
- Ignoring you or not paying any attention to you
- Becoming aggressive
What You Can Do If Your Pet’s Stomach Seems Off?
If you believe your pet’s digestive system or their stomach doesn’t seem normal, talk to your veterinarian. He or she might recommend using probiotics. Just like people, pets will get great benefits from probiotics to decrease bad bacteria. Probiotics will increase the level of good bacteria in their stomachs and restoring your pet’s health as well.
There are many solutions out there for probiotics and gut-boosting products. Talk to your vet to find out which product would work best for your pet. In some cases, the solution might be as simple as changing out their food!
The final scenario, if your pet is not acting right, seems uninterested in everything, there is help out there if you know where to look. First and foremost, your first resource should be your vet. They can examine your pet, take a blood sample (if needed), run other tests, and give you the best alternative.
We love our pets and we should pay close attention to find the signs that something not right is going on so they can return to normal and live happy healthy lives!