Cracking the Code: Pet Food Sensitivity

Pet owners share a common goal – keeping our furry family members healthy and happy. Yet, digestive issues in our pets can sometimes leave us feeling helpless.

Through my experience with numerous pet clients, I’ve identified that the primary culprit behind bloating, gas, diarrhea, and other digestive problems is often food sensitivity. This sensitivity can develop when we feed our pets the same meal repeatedly, causing their bodies to resist the food and leading to unpleasant symptoms.

Preventing the development of intolerance is possible by introducing a variety of different meals into your pet’s diet. Interestingly, every pet I’ve worked with has shown sensitivity to some type of meat, whether it’s beef, pork, chicken, turkey, duck, or fish – especially when it serves as their main meal ingredient.

Stress emerges as another common trigger for food sensitivity. During stressful situations, the body prioritizes extremities for fight or flight, leaving digestion as a low priority. If pets eat during these times, their bodies might associate food with stress, leading to unpleasant symptoms upon subsequent consumption.

Stress in pets can be caused by various factors such as interactions with other pets, concerns about food scarcity, feelings of insecurity, experiences of abuse or attacks, and even emotions like sadness, loneliness, or homesickness.

While store-bought dried pet food is convenient, it might not be the best option for your pet’s digestive health. These foods often include a long list of ingredients, from meat to grains, vegetables, fruits, supplements, probiotics, and more. Combining these ingredients can result in digestive issues like gas, bloating, burping, and pain.

For instance, combining meat with fruits can lead to fermentation in the stomach, causing acid reflux and gas. This is because fruit’s digestion is faster while meat and raw vegetables take much longer to digest. Hence, combining them, the fruit struggle to leave the stomach as quick as it has to and start fermenting.

To address food sensitivities, I recommend a return to simplicity with homemade cooking. A meal featuring one type of meat (either raw or cooked), rice, and a few vegetables can be an excellent option. Portion it into smaller servings, freeze it using an ice cube mold, and warm it up when needed.

This approach allows you to create several different types of meals that your pet will appreciate. If your pet enjoys fruit, it’s best to feed it separately from meat. Additionally, adding vitamins like nutritional yeast can be beneficial. Nutritional yeast is a source of B vitamins that many dogs love, and it can even help address issues such as the undesirable habit of eating other dogs’ excrement!

For those eager to learn how to support their pet’s health, I offer in-person or distance testing sessions and an Animal Healing course. The course guides you in testing for food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, emotions, energy balancing, natural remedies, and more. Equipping yourself with these skills not only saves money but empowers you to take charge of your pet’s well-being. For more information, please visit

Article by Blashka Novotna – Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, BodyTalk Practitioner.

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