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How to improve your dog's digestion

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Learn about the importance of digestive health for your dog’s overall wellness.

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How to improve your dog's digestion

They say you are what you eat – and that applies to your dog too.

Digestion is a key element of their overall health, and an upset stomach is often the first sign that something’s not right. “Digestive problems are among the most common reasons for a dog to be presented at a veterinary clinic,” says veterinarian Sarah Howard. “Studies conducted overseas have shown that over 50 per cent of veterinary presentations are due to a digestive issue.”

According to Sarah, common causes of digestive upsets include: adverse reactions to certain foods; gut infections with bacteria, parasites or viruses; inflammatory bowel disorders or negative reactions to certain medications (particularly antibiotics and anti-inflammatories).

Sign up for our specially developed doggy digestion action plan and set yourself up for a healthy pup.

Time to complete

  • 4 weeks


  • Learn about gut health for dogs
  • Identify potential problems
  • Avoid digestive issues and stomach upsets
  • Ensure your dog is getting the right nutrition


All health begins in the gut, so it's essential that your dog has a healthy digestive system. In the first week of the action plan, you’ll learn the signs of a healthy (or unhealthy) gut, the kind of diet you should feed your dog, what to avoid and things that can impact their digestive system. It's a solid foundation for setting your dog up for a long and healthy life.
Your first sign that something is up with your dog’s digestion is usually pretty unpleasant – diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting or excessive gas. These changes might be a sign that your pup has eaten something they shouldn’t have or they could be an indicator of a more serious underlying issue. Identify the symptoms and know when it’s time to visit the vet.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your dog’s overall wellbeing. There are dangers in being both overweight and underweight, and diet has the most significant impact. Learn the risks, the signs to look out for, and how to feed your dog a balanced diet.
Your dog’s nutritional needs will change as they age, so their diet needs to change as well. Puppies need more nutrition to match their growing bodies and boundless energy. Senior dogs will generally need less calories and you’ll need to be careful they don’t become overweight or underweight. Use this plan to ensure your dog stays healthy throughout their whole life.

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