Why does my dog eat its faeces?
In almost all cases, eating faeces is a behavioural problem that originated in the litter. Your dog will have seen its mother clean the bed and may be copying that behaviour. Normally, over time, pups stop behaving like this, unless they have additional motivation for eating faeces, such as a lack of attention, poor toilet training or boredom. In some cases eating faeces may have a medical cause. For instance, your dog may have worms or a medical abnormality.
What is a food allergy?
When a dog has a food allergy, its immune system will react unfavourably to certain ingredients in food. Well-known symptoms are skin complaints (rash, hives and/or infections) and itchiness. This allergic reaction is often related to animal proteins, but it is also possible that the dog is affected by other substances in its food. In that case, it is a good idea to change over to a hypoallergenic diet (for example Rodi Exclusive Hypoallergenic). A hypoallergenic diet consists of nutrients that rarely cause an allergic reaction. By feeding this diet for at least 6 weeks, you can assess whether the situation improves. It is important that the dog is only fed this diet during this period of time (no treats!). Once it is known to which ingredient your dog is allergic, you may start giving it treats that fit in with the diet.
What is a gastric torsion?
A gastric torsion, also known as bloat, means the stomach twists so that it is closed off at both its entrance and its exit. A dog’s stomach lies fairly loosely within the abdominal cavity. When the stomach gets bloated and fills with gas there is a chance that the stomach will twist, creating a blockage. As a result, food, air and fluids can no longer enter or leave the stomach. Symptoms of a gastric torsion are increased salivation, retching, trying to vomit, and possibly a distension of the left side of the abdomen (due to a bloated stomach).
A number of factors play a part with regard to the risk of developing bloat:
- Dogs with a deep chest cavity (mostly large breeds) are at increased risk.
- Large amounts of food or water in the stomach increase the risk of a gastric torsion. Therefore, you should divide the recommended daily amount of food over at least 2 portions.
- Excessive exercise after the meal increases the chance of the stomach twisting in the abdominal cavity.
- If a dog wolfs its dinner down, it swallows too much air. Too much air in the stomach increases the risk of a gastric torsion
My dog is overweight. How can I make him lose weight in a responsible manner?
You cannot just make a dog lose weight by feeding it less. If you do so, it does not just get less food, but it also gets fewer nutrients. We therefore advise using Rodi Exclusive Weight Control. Rodi Exclusive Weight Control contains fewer calories but still contains enough vitamins and minerals. In addition, the product also contains extra fibre in the shape of raw peas, which ensure your dog will not feel hungry. Of course, your best friend should also get plenty of exercise. So put on those hiking boots!