Do you have a Husky that has a delicate tummy?
General signs of digestive disorders in dogs include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, and changes in stool color and consistency. These may all be signs that your Husky has a digestive problem, and as such, could benefit from a diet that features a dog food that is specially designed for those with digestive issues.
(Please note: the above signs may mean something else is wrong with your dog, so always take them to a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.)
In this article, we will be exploring some of the best foods for Huskies with sensitive stomachs available on the market today. These are foods for adult dogs, not seniors or puppies, which need their own special blend of food.
Royal Canin is a very well-known brand of pet food which not only makes a retail product line of dog food but also a ‘Vet Range’ of dog food.
Royal Canin makes dry dog food for sensitive digestive systems called Sensitivity Control. It contains a limited number of protein sources (including chicken and duck), to lessen the likelihood of food allergies. It also has nutrients and fatty acids that support a healthy digestive system.
Hill’s Science Diet:
Hill’s Science Diet is another dog food for those with digestive issues. Once again, their sensitive stomach food comes in dry pellet format. It is called Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin Chicken Recipe dog food.
The key benefit of this dog food, which is a favorite amongst veterinarians, is the prebiotic formula, which helps keep the gut biome healthy. Its main ingredients are chicken, which is a good protein source that is low in fat, and brown rice, which aids digestion and elimination.
The high digestibility of this food is excellent for Huskies, who can be prone to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which reduces the dog’s ability to absorb nutrients via their food.
Yet another vet-endorsed product for dogs with delicate stomachs is a dry food product made by IAMS called Adult Minichunks. This is one of the more affordable products available on the market in the sensitive stomach category.
IAMS Adult Minichunks come in smaller pieces, so they are easier to eat. This product contains prebiotics, which support gut health. It features chicken as its main ingredient, which as a lean source of protein contains less fat and is, therefore, easier on the tummy.
Purina has a wonderful range of both wet and dry dog food, and as such, they do make a few options for Huskies with digestive problems.
One such product is the Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach Turkey and Oatmeal Dry Dog Food. Once again we have a dry pellet that contains a lean poultry protein, and a good source of fiber. Oatmeal is easy for your dog to digest and therefore gentle on their digestive system, and this formula provides optimal nutrient absorption. Added to this is both a prebiotic and a live probiotic for optimal gut flora.
This dog food has no artificial colors or flavors either, which is an added bonus.
Purina also makes wet dog food that is designed with sensitive stomachs in mind. Their Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach Pate comes in tasty flavors such as Salmon and Rice. The Omega-3 fatty acids in the salmon speed up the rate of digestion.
This wet food is formulated for easy digestion, contains a prebiotic, and has no artificial additives.
Nutro is known for not containing any GMO ingredients.
Luckily, they make dry dog food for dogs with sensitive stomachs. It is called Wholesome Essentials Dog Food for Sensitive Stomach: Natural Adult Dry Dog Food, which comes in a tasty lamb and rice flavor. It contains organic fiber for easy digestion, and it has been processed for maximum absorption of nutrients.
Merrick is a 30-year-old company that makes dog food with “total nutrition with ten ingredients or less”.
Their limited diet range is perfect for Huskies with digestive problems. This dry food comes in two flavors: Salmon and Sweet Potato, and Chicken and Brown Rice. Once again, we have food for dogs with digestive problems that delivers lots of low-fat protein, and an easy-to-digest fiber source.
Merrick also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals and none of the bad stuff like fake additives.
Dogs with digestive issues can try the grain-free range made by American Journey, sold exclusively on Chewy.
This dry food is good value for money, coming in a 24-pound bag, and offering 35 percent off on the first order, with an Autoship option. This makes it a good choice for people with more than one dog.
There are three flavors in their grain-free range, Salmon, Beef, and Chicken, and they all come mixed with Sweet Potato.
Some Tips On Feeding Huskies With Sensitive Stomachs
Many of these brands make dog food products for senior dogs and puppies too, so do check out their range via the official website links in this article.
Huskies can be fussy eaters, causing them to ‘go off’ their food at times. Given that they are prone to stress if left alone for extended periods of time, this can exacerbate their upset tummies too. So this should be avoided.
Any dog food that is low in fat, grain-free, and features natural ingredients is worth looking into for your Husky. Lean protein sources such as chicken and salmon are good choices.
Avoid dog foods that contain wheat, soy, or corn. Instead, look for fiber sources that come from sweet potato or oats.
Dogs that eat more wet food tend to have stools that are less firm.
Learn more about: What Is A Good Dog Food For Huskies?
Starting A New Diet
As with any diet change, introduce new foods slowly. Otherwise, you could end up with a dog that has very loose or runny stools, which is no fun for anyone.
Avoid this by mixing old and new food together so that they get used to it gradually.
Start off with 80 percent of the old food, and 20 percent of the new food. The following day, make it 70 percent old, and 30 percent new. On day 3, make it 50/50. On day 4, feed 30 percent old food and 70 percent new. On day 5 do 80 percent new and 20 percent old.
Hopefully, this article has helped you make some decisions about what new foods to offer your Husky with a sensitive stomach. Your vet can also make some good recommendations if you are unsure.