If your little Yorkie has a tummy which is sensitive to certain ingredients or foods, you will want to feed him or her a special diet. The amount of food given at feeding time may also be a factor to consider.
With the proper feeding of your dog, a diet that has abundant necessary nutrients, you can help to minimize diarrhea, gas, bloating, vomiting or constipation; the right food can also improve the gastrointestinal tract of your Yorkie.
Once you have made sure that your dog does not have a physical problem, with a visit to the vet, you can then feed him some of these dry food suggestions.
Remember that any dry food that you give him should have the first two ingredients as meat, naming the meat or poultry, not just the word “meat”. You do not want corn or soybeans as fillers. Avoid by-products, fillers, and preservatives, all of which can irritate the sensitive digestive tract of your Yorkie. Moreover, do not feed your dog with scraps from the table, as this can cause additional distress.
Since Yorkies are often prone to stomach distress, the following have been known to help. Recommended brands include:
- Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Gastrointestinal Low Fat LF Dry Dog Food – by prescription
- Life’s Abundance All Stage Dry Dog Food
- Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
- Blue Buffalo Small Breed Chicken & Rice
- Taste of the Wild Hi-Prairie Canine Formula
- Wellness Complete Health Small Breed
- Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato & Chicken
- Wellness CORE Small Breed
- Nutro’s Sensitive Stomach Lamb and Rice
- Diamonds Naturals Dry Dog Food for Adult Dogs, Small Breed
Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Dry Dog Food is also considered a good food for Yorkies with stomachs that are sensitive; however, the size of the kibble is a bit large for a dog who is so small and needs very chew-able bite-sized pieces.
Diamonds Naturals has more chew-able pieces and might be a good choice for your Yorkie that is sensitive to other dry foods.
One thing to be aware of is that Yorkies have teeny-tiny little stomachs. They can’t handle the usual two meals per day that many dogs require. If they eat more than they should, they can get sick. If you don’t like to clean up, you can avoid this by splitting your dog’s daily food allowance into four smaller meals.
Many toy breeds can follow this requirement. It will make the dog healthier, and you will not be cleaning up as much.
Protein, calories, and fats
Because of the high activity level of a Yorkie, a diet that is high in protein and fat is essential, even with dogs with stomachs that are sensitive. Yorkies are very energetic and need food contains abundant nutrients as well as protein and fat.
Some of the best protein ingredients for Yorkies include unprocessed lamb, fish, chicken, turkey, and beef. Puppies may be fed food that is specially formulated for the puppy stage of growth.
Home Made Food
Have you thought of feeding your Yorkie with real food that comes from your kitchen? A homemade diet is often the remedy for dogs that are sensitive. You can adjust the diet according to what he is eating and likes. The following are some suggestions that can be great choices for dogs with stomachs that are sensitive.
- Canned pumpkin
- Lean chicken or turkey
- Canned salmon or tuna
- Cooked eggs
- Sweet potato
- White or brown rice
- Bone broth
- Baby food – free of seasonings
- Boiled potatoes
If you cook the bone broth, be sure to remove the fat and make sure it is cool. Bone broth is a favorite of some Yorkies and can be digested easily.
Remember to grind up meat into small pieces. Cook any vegetables until tender and grind them in a food processor. Beware of broccoli and onions; do not add garlic.
Many Yorkies are sensitive to the added ingredients, such as preservatives and food dyes that are in commercial brands of dog food. That is why homemade foods are often the key to making your dog enjoy and digest his food.
Yogurt helps the digestive tract and is full of probiotics for intestinal health.
With some knowledge regarding what to feed your Yorkie with a sensitive stomach, you and your dog can both enjoy mealtimes and afterward.