Probiotics are the name given to the beneficial live bacteria that are found in the healthy gastrointestinal tract of all animals, including your dog. These beneficial bacteria help your pup digest food, absorb nutrients, discourage the growth of harmful bad bacteria, and strengthen his immune system. In short, probiotics help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal system. Since the majority of your dog’s immune system is found within the gastrointestinal system (also called the gut), a healthy GI system is essential for your dog’s overall health and well-being.
A dog’s GI system is very sensitive. Stress, illness, medications, and change of diet or poor diet are some of the things that can destroy the good bacteria and allow the proliferation of bad bacteria. When the bad bacteria overwhelm the good bacteria, your dog can suffer from:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Frequent vomiting
- Flaky, itchy skin
- Poor coat quality
- Lack of energy
- Increased risk of cancer
Dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes can benefit from probiotics. Adding quality probiotics to your dog’s diet can help him safely and naturally maintain good health and add quality years to his life.
Things to Look for in Your Probiotic
- Probiotics are host specific. Make sure that the probiotic you choose is made specifically for dogs. In order for the probiotic to be effective, it has to be able to survive and flourish in a dog’s very acidic stomach and small intestine.
- A list of specific strains
- Contain live bacteria
- A guaranteed analysis of the number of live bacteria
- A shelf life expectancy
Prebiotics. Prebiotics are a helpful addition to your probiotic supplement. Prebiotics increase the number of healthy bacteria by providing the nourishment necessary for probiotics to thrive and overtake bad bacteria.
Enzymes. Digestive enzymes also help the process by helping to break down the food to allow for more efficient absorption of nutrients.
At Naturegood, we’ve formulated a probiotic that we feel that will help keep your dog’s GI system in optimum health. Visit our site https://naturegood.com for more information.