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Probiotics for Dogs – What You Need to Know

January 03, 2020

Probiotics for Dogs – What You Need to Know

Probiotics or often called, good bacteria, are live, gut-friendly bacteria and yeasts that are good for digestive system and other areas of the body. Pro is a Latin preposition which means “for” and bios is a Greek word which means “life.” This makes the term probiotic to literally mean, for life.  Just like humans, dogs’ immune system mainly resides in their gut. It contains approximately 70% of all immune cells, hence it is the largest immune organ in the body. Probiotics aid in digestion and regulate the immune system. It had become a health craze in humans due to a lot of benefits derived from it. So, have you considered probiotics for your furry friend as well?

A dog’s digestive system can be so fickle. Fortunately, there are especially formulated probiotics which can be a game changer in this scenario. The goal of probiotics consumption is to maintain healthy levels of good bacteria and prevent gastro intestinal problems. It inhibits the growth and activity of harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli. Moreover, probiotics can also reduce allergic reactions as it decreases the intestinal absorbency and controls inflammation. It also prevents urinary tract infection.

A daily dose of probiotic supplement for a man’s best friend may also provide additional benefits such as better skin and coat appearance, improved breath, reduction of allergy symptoms and aids in regulating bowel movement. These good bacteria are crucial for our dog gut’s health. They also support brain and assimilation of nutrients. Most importantly, probiotics boost a dog’s immune system.

 

As mentioned earlier, as much as 70% of a dog’s immune system is based in his gut. Hence, maintaining the digestive tract healthy with the help of good bacteria is very essential. A good balance of probiotics will help reduce inflammation in dog’s body and lowers their receptiveness to chronic diseases. Just note that when you decide to start incorporating probiotics to your canine’s diet, it is best to ease into the treatment with less than that of the recommended dose. This will allow time for the dog’s tummy to adjust to this nutritional change. This is a common reaction to any dietary adjustment; may it be with humans or animals.

 

When you decide to bring a dog into your family, it equates to knowing the importance of how to take care of it. We take responsibility of providing nutritious food, clean water and shelter. It becomes a part of our lives to nurture them and treat them as an important part of the family. A dog’s life is nothing much different as with humans. They need regular checkups as well to stay healthy. An annual visit to a veterinarian is an essential key to maintaining your dog’s good health. If you do not have a vet yet, there are other available resources that can help find one, including an animal shelter.  

Just like us, our furry friends deserve a quality life thru an optimal health. It is for us to make it happen.





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