Can hyperactivity in dogs be caused by diet?
Hyperactivity caused by diet?
We expect our dogs to have plenty of energy and a natural zest for life, particularly in their younger years. Sometimes, however, dogs can find it difficult to calm down and are excessively energetic and excited all of the time.
They may display frenetic activity, very short attention spans, and unusually impulsive, sometimes attention-seeking behaviour. We call this hyperactivity.
There could be several reasons for a hyperactive dog.
Under-stimulation, overstimulation, stress, but one of the common causes of hyperactivity is thought to be diet.
A dog’s dietary requirements can differ depending on their age, breed and lifestyle. If a fairly sedentary adult dog is fed a diet meant for puppies or working dogs, they will likely be getting too much protein and energy. This can result in hyperactivity.
The same scenario can be true for senior dogs on an adult diet. Sugar can cause peaks in the dog’s blood sugar which can cause hyperactive behaviour. Although none of your Super Premium, Hypoallergenics and Grain-Free ranges contain added sugar, many treats and human food “tit-bits” do.
Choosing treats which do not contain sugar and refraining from giving a dog unhealthy human food could reduce this hyperactive behaviour.
It is important that when feeding treats alongside a pet’s daily food, the owner lowers the food given in order to take into account the additional calories.
Some sensitive dogs can also have the same peaking blood sugar reaction from carbohydrates like cereals and grains. In this case, we would advise that a diet from our Grain Free range was fed. This is because the Grain Free range contains Sweet Potato which has a low glycemic index.