Like us, our pets don’t feel like themselves when they’re experiencing digestive issues.
Your pet’s digestive health is profoundly affected by nutrition, as the digestive tract is responsible for absorbing nutrients from the diet and eliminating solid wastes. All of your pet’s other body systems, in turn, rely on the digestive tract to draw in essential nutrients from their diet.
A diet that supports healthy gastrointestinal, or ‘GI’, functioning is highly digestible and contains high-quality ingredients along with a combination of fiber sources.
Many Natural Balance® formulas feature our unique fiber layering system of complex fibers including inulin, oat fiber, pea fiber, and more. The right balance of fiber benefits your pet by optimizing the passage of food through the intestines.
Explore the FAQs to learn more about how you and Natural Balance® can support your pet’s digestive health and keep them feeling their best!
Through the years, there’s been a growing concern about what goes into pet food. As a result of pet parents’ own research and conversations with their veterinarians, they may learn that their pets should avoid certain ingredients. Limited ingredient options give consumers the opportunity to pick and choose what they’re feeding in order to easily avoid certain ingredients.
What can indicate that my pet’s digestive function is healthy?
You should be aware of the frequency of your pet’s bowel movements, the firmness of their stool, and both the quality and quantity of stool produced. Normally, pets should be able to eat a meal and have regular bowel movements 1–2 times daily without excessive gas. Producing a solid, formed moist stool is also an indication of healthy digestion.
My pet is having three (or more) bowel movements daily. Is that considered healthy?
Speak to your veterinarian if this is the case. Three or more bowel movements daily may point to an underlying medical condition.
What else could indicate that my pet is having digestive issues?
Please speak to your veterinarian if your pet has excessively soft or firm stool, has stool with unusual color, or if you detect dark black flecks like coffee grounds or bright red tinges. These conditions could indicate digestive issues, and/or that other medical conditions are present.
What should I look for in a diet to support my pet’s digestive health?
Look for a highly digestible diet that contains high-quality ingredients and a combination of fiber sources. The right balance of fibers will slow the passage of food through the intestines.
Many Natural Balance® diets, such as Synergy Dry Dog Formula and our Original Ultra® Whole Body Health® Formulas, feature a unique fiber layering system that provides a variety of complex fibers including inulin, oat fiber, pea fiber, and more.
Aside from diet, are there other factors that can affect my pet’s digestive function?
The timing and frequency of feedings and how you feed your pet can impact the efficiency of the digestive tract.
After a recent dietary change, allow 1–2 weeks for the intestinal microflora to adjust to the proteins, fats, and fibers reaching the colon. It is also important to ensure that your pet always has access to fresh clean water.