What is the best food for dogs with a sensitive stomach?

Posted on 22 January 2021 by WCF Select

If your dog suffers from digestive problems, before experimenting with different recipes it is always best to check with your vet to see if any underlying issues need to be treated first. Your vet will be able to advise you on what is the best food for dogs with a sensitive stomach. As every dog has different needs, the sensitive dog food will need to be tailored to your pet’s specific requirements. Read on to discover how you can help alleviate the symptoms associated with stomach sensitivity.

How to tell if your dog has a sensitive stomach

Signs of a sensitive stomach can include intermittent diarrhoea or loose stools, sometimes containing blood. Flatulence and sickness usually occur too. If your dog is suffering from nausea, it is likely they will be off their food and you may notice them licking their lips and swallowing often.

What causes stomach issues in dogs? 

There are many reasons why a dog can suffer from an upset stomach and it can be a complex process to pinpoint the exact cause. Some dogs, unfortunately, can inherit a stomach sensitivity that could crop up at any age. Worms, bacterial infections, over-eating, and even car sickness can all contribute to your dog’s upset stomach. 

A more obvious reason for the sensitivity is usually down to what your dog is eating. A vet can help you rule out if your dog’s food is responsible for causing the symptoms by conducting an exclusion diet and then advising you what foods are best to feed your dog. They can tell you if your dog suffers from food intolerance or if they have an allergy as the symptoms can be very similar. 

An upset stomach can also be down to your dog having an underlying health condition. Tumours, ulcers, kidney, liver, or adrenal gland disease, and cancer are just some of the more serious conditions that could be the reason contributing to your dog’s stomach problems. 

It is very important to take your dog to the vet to rule out any serious health conditions. 

See the PSDA website for more information on food allergies for dogs.

What do you feed a dog with digestive problems? 

Feeding your dog home-made bland foods is one way in which you can help alleviate your dog’s sensitive stomach. A bland diet contains foods that are easy to digest that will help form a solid stool. Examples can include boiled lean meats like boneless, skinless chicken breasts or turkey and starchy food such as plain rice or sweet potato. There is no need to add any extras such as seasoning. 

If you are not making the meals at home, you could try a hypoallergenic dog food or a recipe suggested by your vet. 

Wet or a wet/dry mix of food may be easier for a dog to digest that is recovering from a stomach virus. 

 WCF Select sells food for dogs with sensitive stomachs and has the following premium, hypoallergenic dog food available to buy online.


Foods for dogs with sensitive stomachs UK - Naturally Devoted

Naturally Devoted Dog Food 

Our special, veterinary-approved, hypoallergenic dog food contains no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives and is specially formulated for dogs with sensitive stomachs. This high protein dog food is made with rice, oats, and highly digestible protein which will help with your dog’s irritated digestive tract. It is the perfect, all-natural, complete, gentle dog food recipe, formulated without common problem ingredients. 

Shop Naturally Devoted Dog Food online


foods for dogs with sensitive stomachs UK WCF Super Premium Sensitive Dog Food

Super Premium Dog Food

WCF Select Super Premium dog food is packed full of only the finest ingredients. Formulated by top experts and proudly made in the UK, the hypoallergenic dog food is veterinary-approved and free from wheat, wheat-gluten dairy, and soya, making it great for dogs that suffer from digestion or skin issues. 

Shop Super Premium Sensitive Dog Food online


foods for dogs with sensitive stomachs UK - WCF Lakeland Heritage

Lakeland Heritage Dog Food

Enjoy our premium grain-free dog food made with up to 60% freshly prepared meat that contains only fruit, vegetables, and minerals as added ingredients, making it easier to digest. This is a natural, complete food, perfect for any dog that suffers from a sensitive stomach. Proudly made in the UK, one of our best selling dog food is available for home delivery. 

Shop Lakeland Heritage Dog Food online


To see our full range of home delivery pet food visit our website

Remember, if you are unsure on what type of food to feed your dog, please contact your local vet for further advice.