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20 Foods for Australian Shepherds with Sensitive Stomachs

Written by: Zyra Capalac
Zyra is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on November 20, 2022

There are few things worse than dealing with diarrhea in your Australian Shepherd! We asked our 800,000 members from Australian Shepherd community on facebook the following question: “What’s the best food for an Australian Shepherd with a sensitive stomach?”

We’ve summarized the best responses below. Always remember to check with your veterinarian before making changes that affect your Australian Shepherd’s health. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be paid affiliate links at no additional cost to you. 

20 Best Foods for an Australian Shepherd with a Sensitive Tummy

I feed mine with really bad sensitivity taste of the wild grain free salmon recipe( pacific stream I believe) he does great and it’s amazing for his coat.

Author: Stephen H.

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Mine has the same problem. Hills Science Diet Sensitive Skin and Stomach! Worked great!

Author: Nancy Erkel Beno H.

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Not a food recommendation, but would HIGHLY recommend this probiotic chew from Amazon. My dog thinks they are a treat and it solidified her poop in about 3 days.

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Both my Aussies had sensitive stomachs, I had them on Science Diet prescription I/D they had it all their life no problem. They lived for 17 and 16 years. It’s expensive I know but you gotta do what’s right for the babies.

Author: Michael C.

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My Cooper suffered from gastric issues. I started buying Health Extensions duck grain free and it helped a lot. He cannot really eat anything other than that or raw.

Author: Wilda Acosta B.

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We have went to a prescription Hills Science Diet Z/D hydrologized protein dry kibble after several years of battling gastric issues with our aussie girl. It has been LIFE CHANGING for her. Depending on how bad your Aussie’s issues have been my advice would be to not hesitate to try this food..but you’d need to have a conversation with your vet about it as it is prescription.Good luck.

Author: Jackie Pogemiller G.

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Depends on what they are sensitive to. Every pup is different. I’d start by getting foods with very limited ingredients and trying different proteins. Chicken and pork are common meats that can cause upset

Author: Melanie C.

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Mine get Purina Pro Plan sensitive skin and stomach salmon. Plus they get a good probiotic, Probios.

Author: Cheri S.

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Our girl had bad allergies and was sensitive to a few foods so we buy Honest Kitchen kibble now and she is doing great on it

Author: Mandy H.

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I feed mine Purina One for healthy weight. He was puking up every dog food I bought until I got this kind. Hope it works for you. It took me a long time and a lot of dog food purchases to finally find one his belly accepted

Author: Kelly Jo F.

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We have a 9 year old Aussie that has stomach obstruction surgery. We feed nutri-source kibble. Any one of their varieties works great. We also add pumpkin, chicken, or rice.

Author: Angela S.

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My Aussie has skin and tummy troubles. I found the best is natural balance vegan vegetarian .

Author: Wanda P.

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Hill’s prescription ID changed the game for my dog. I think it changed his whole gut microbiome. We never have accidents anymore. Bonus: he loves the taste of it.

Author: Jayme D.

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We feed Diamond they have different flavors and it work great with our Aussies!

Author: Jennifer Alley G.

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Hills Science Gastrointestinal Biome…..has done great for my Aussie. It’s prescription food.

Author: Lisa D.

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Used to feed taste of the wild grain free bison and venison but the vet told me to switch to ancient grains taste of the wild bison and venison. I have noticed that she does seem to itch more now. She can’t have chicken either so we’re limited on what to feed her.

Author: Diana S.

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We have used Rice and cooked ground turkey with a spoon of canned pumpkin. Has worked for our sensitive stomach Aussies.

Author: Mike S.

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Mine has a veryyyy sensitive stomach and prone to appendicitis. We feed her Hills science diet for sensitive stomachs

Author: Susan H.

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Couple Tablespoons of pumpkin a day. Also would recommend Royal Canin Gastrointestinal

Author: Melissa Reed W.

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Canned pumpkin is highly recommended by veterinarians for sensitive stomach & intestines. My dog had IBD, and pumpkin and a grain-free diet were the first suggestions from his vet. He got about 1oz per meal, but we weighed between 75-80 pounds, so your Toy Aussie would probably be fine with a lot less. Suggestion: it can get pretty gross even in the fridge after a few days, so I froze it in ice cube trays and kept the bag in the freezer. About 30 seconds in the microwave was enough to thaw a cube.

Author: Debby F.

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No matter what kind of dried dog food you buy, even if it cost $100 a bag, it is still processed food. I limit dried kibble, as best I can. Grain Free may help with digestion, but can hurt their heart function so add supplements of whole grains, like oatmeal or brown rice. I also give my dogs a few drops of Flax Seed oil daily.

Author: Suellen Willetts C.

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