Probiotics and your dog

Probiotics can be simply described as “good bacteria” that live in all animals (and humans) intestines.

These bacteria form an integral part of dog’s digestion, and have a wide range of functions – they Probiotics and your dogcompete with bad bacteria and maintain gut health, they regulate and stimulate the immune system, aid digestion, break down toxins and allergens, regulate cholesterol uptake, produce essential vitamins, and control inflammation.

Your pet’s digestive system must stay populated with a healthy level of good bacteria in order to keep their immune system strong. If bad bacteria overwhelms your pet’s intestines, your dog or cat can lose its vitality and become more susceptible to illness, not to mention GI symptoms.

 

All of a sudden probiotics are gaining the respect they deserve and are now a pretty hot topic in veterinary medicine!

 

While there are many different supplements available, the most natural option is to implement  fermented foods instead. Whole food is always better than supplements, and fermented foods are no exception.

Here, the cultures are alive and thriving on the nutrition offered by the food, and are more likely to survive the stomach and arrive at the intestines intact and ready to colonize.

Supplements on the other hand, are less effective because they are freeze-dried and have to become active in the body, then survive passage through the stomach before colonizing in the gut.

Note that if you have to use powdered probiotics, you can mix them with the food, then let it sit out for about an hour before feeding, so the probiotics have a chance to activate.

yoghurt for dogs

Feed unsweetened yoghurt to dogs.

When building up your dog’s gut using fermented foods and probiotics, it’s important to remember that this is an ongoing process. You need to use them regularly. Also, remember that the stomach is not an easy environment and it’s hard for probiotics to survive into the intestines, so by providing fermented foods regularly, you’re giving them a better chance of reaching the gut where they can colonize.

Consistency is key here, so be sure to provide a small amount of fermented foods on a regular or even daily basis and be ready to see your dog thrive!

Adding yoghurt to your dog’s diet is an easy way to increase their probiotic intake – however it must contain no artificial sweeteners and live cultures.

In addition – you can feed lacto-fermented veggies for a ‘double whammy’ for your dog’s diet. Vegetables are an important part of a dog’s diet – and fermented veges not only make the nutrients more bioavailable – they’re also jam packed with ‘good bacteria’

Learn How to Make Fermented Vegies for your Dog Here. 

 

 

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