The gastrointestinal system of dogs is closely related to the central nervous system and the endocrine system. Therefore, any alteration in the functioning of the gastrointestinal system can affect the emotional health and behavior of the dog. Sound familiar? The same goes for humans!
For example, chronic inflammation or irritation in the intestine can cause abdominal pain and discomfort in your dog, which can affect his mood and make him feel irritable or depressed. In addition, intestinal bacteria can also influence the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which directly affect the dog’s mood.
On the other hand, an inadequate or unbalanced diet can cause digestive problems in dogs, which can affect their mood and behavior.
A diet high in fat or simple carbohydrates can cause diarrhea or constipation, which can affect the dog’s comfort and therefore emotional well-being. On the other hand, a diet low in protein and other essential nutrients can cause fatigue and weakness, which can affect the dog’s ability to interact with its environment and its behavior in general.
It is super important to look at what kind of food we give our animals, most of the food sold in supermarkets leaves much to be desired. We recommend you find quality food in specific pet stores. Always try to have the help of a nutrition specialist veterinarian like our Dr. Fran Ducoing.
In summary, the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal system is critical to the emotional health and behavior of dogs. It is important to ensure that our dogs are receiving a balanced and healthy diet, and to treat any digestive problems in a timely manner to maintain their general well-being.