Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How to Relieve Digestive Problems in Dogs (+ Giveaway!) #sponsored

Rocco and I are both happiest when tummy troubles are kept at bay
This post is sponsored by Purina. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Naturals, but To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.

There's nothing worse than tummy troubles in dogs... except, perhaps, tummy troubles in long-haired dogs. 

It's no fun cleaning up that kind of mess. So it makes both Rocco and me very happy when all his parts are working correctly!

When digestive issues become a problem

Seriously though, gastrointestinal (GI) disease is one of the most common reasons dogs are brought to their veterinarian. Gastrointestinal disorders generally affect the dog digestive system and impair a dog's ability to digest and absorb nutrients. So unsavory conditions can happen like diarrhea and excess gas. And while most can be cleared up fairly easily, it's important to visit your vet if conditions persist or worsen.

Read on to learn about the common causes of GI upset, when to visit your vet and about a new natural therapeutic diet to help meet the needs of pets who suffer from these issues. 

We also have a couple of nifty infographics for you; I know you won't want to miss the one about poop. AND, don't miss our special giveaway for your dogs or cats with tummy troubles. Read on!

But first...

Common causes of gastrointestinal upset

GI issues can be caused by a wide range of factors, including: 
  • An abrupt change in diet
  • Trauma
  • Indiscretionary eating (Rocco's favorite)
  • Toxins
  • Allergies
  • Foreign objects
  • Parasites
  • Medications
  • Infectious agents
Sounds like a list of issues that could affect most any dog at some time or other. 

When to visit the vet

Some digestive issues may resolve themselves once your dog's digestive system gets a chance to rest. But more serious issues can result in weight loss or dehydration. So it's important to see your vet if you notice:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excess gas
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
Take a look at the surprising number of dogs who experience GI issues:

Poop, there it is!

What can you tell from your dog's poop? Plenty!

Read on!

Do you have a dog or cat who is suffering from GI issues? Check out our Q-A from Purina about new Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Naturals, a natural therapeutic diet to help meet the needs of pets who suffer from these issues.

Since many gastrointestinal disorders can irritate the stomach and intestine, a diet that's easily digested can help ensure your dog gets the nutrient balance necessary to support recovery.

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Naturals Q&A

Q: How does EN Naturals work? (In other words, why is it good for tummy troubles?)

EN Naturals formulas are easy to digest to help ensure that dogs and cats with gastrointestinal problems get the nutrients they need to support recovery from GI issues. EN Naturals diets are approved for both growth of puppies and kittens and long term maintenance of adult dogs and cats. The length of time on the diet will vary with the individual need and the condition.  For example, if a dog gets into the trash can or a cat is transitioned too quickly to a new diet, they may have a temporary problem and the EN Naturals diet can be fed for a short time.  Other pets, however, may have chronic GI conditions or “sensitive stomachs” and will benefit from long term/maintenance feeding of EN Naturals.

Q: Typically, how long do people need to feed the diet before symptoms improve (assume run-of-the-mill problems, nothing serious)? 

The length of time needed will depend on the severity of the condition and the individual animal, so it’s not possible to give a specific time.  EN should typically be fed for at least a week or until stools are normal or a minimum of two days.   

Q: Would your team also recommend using your probiotics in these cases, in conjunction with the EN (if the dog isn’t already getting daily probiotic supplements)? 

Absolutely!  Because EN and FortiFlora are complementary, using them together is the best approach.  Fortiflora helps to restore microbial balance in the gastrointestinal tract, while EN Naturals provides easy to digest nourishment to support recovery. 

Some of the benefits of EN Naturals include:
  • Natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals
  • Formulated without wheat and corn
  • Formulated without added artificial colors
  • Highly digestible
  • Low in fiber to help support digestion
  • Complete and balanced formula for puppies and adult dogs 

For more information about Pro Plan Veterinary diets and new EN Naturals:

Win EN Gastroenteric Naturals for your dog or cat!

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Good luck!


  1. I have tummy issues since I was born. This would be a good experiment for me to try one of those foods
    Lily (& Edward)

    1. Hi Lily, and Edward, too! We just added a giveaway! Be sure to enter on our giveaway widget so you have a chance to win the EN Gastroenteric Naturals diet. Thanks for stopping by... and we're sorry you have tummy issues. No fun at all!

  2. These are great infographic! Very informative! Have a great Wednesday! :)

  3. One of my dogs has some troubles, he gets sick and vomits really easily. And getting in the car is the worst. I have to make sure he rides on an empty stomach.

  4. my girls dont really have any tummy problems, every now and then one may get a little diarrhea but that is rare. i am entering to donate to the local pet food bank, i am collecting dog and cat food, treats, toys that i win, i do this several times a yr. i have used the FortiFlora powder in the past but now use goats milk with tumeric

  5. I have one Pomeranian, that get stomach upsets, it is usually after he has been stressed, either by my absence or lots of commotion.

  6. With 4 rescued dogs and 3 rescued cats living with us, someone at one time or another has digestive problems. Sometimes the dogs eat things they shouldn't and that brings digestive issues. This new food looks great!

  7. Between the animals I have and the ones my sister has, there is always a need for the Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Naturals.

  8. Just another reason to pick up after your pup right away, so you know how the poop really is!

  9. We are experts when it comes to bad poop and upset tummies! Love Dolly

  10. My younger dog has chronic stomach problems. Or at least he did for a long time as a puppy. He's on a GI related prescription food that he's done very well on. Would love to try this brand for him. And I'm still laughing about your long-haired dog comment- so very, very true!!

  11. My pup just has a sensitive tummy that can't handle dietary changes very well. We try to keep her on one food brand only.

  12. Lady Girl's poop is perfect. Her problem is eating too fast or getting into trash and eating what she shouldn't.

  13. Shunta is getting older now and so has more of a sensitive tummy.

  14. It's very on and off sometimes she's fine and sometimes she is not. She has a steady diet, not a greedy eater so dry food is always out and clean water. Maybe us because she keeps eating grass every time we go out! Lol

  15. my dog eats grass weekly and i hear her stomach rumble


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  16. I have a rescue dog who has loose stools and will have a bloody/mucousy stool every six weeks or so. Testing hasn't shown anything specific so far. The blood/mucous is so infrequent, but bothers me. He's not showing any signs of any real discomfort and I've tried several different diets with nearly no success.

  17. My dog's stomach gets upset and he eats grass and sometimes vomits.

  18. Nice infographic, very informative Keep the good work!. Check my blog to see how to find food for dog with sensitive stomach.