Health benefits of pre- and probiotics for dogs

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

We have always advocated the importance of maintaining an optimal digestive and immunity health for our furkids. This is possible through the informed use and consumption of pre- and probiotics. The relevance of these supplements in keeping our furkid’s digestive system in tip-top condition should not be overlooked in the overall health care. Let’s take a look at their health benefits:

PROBIOTICS

The health benefits are numerous and they include the following:

– Maintain and restore your dog’s digestive system due to bad nutrition, bad eating habits, stress, weak digestive system, illnesses or consumption of antibiotics or steroids

– With a healthy digestive system, probiotics can stimulate better absorption of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, etc

– Promote the growth of the body’s natural microflora which is good bacteria

– Inhibit and fight harmful microorganisms and protect the body against infections and diseases

– Improve bowel functions to maintain intestinal regularity

– Help in the relief of digestive problems like diarrhoea, bloody stool, irritable bowel syndrome or constipation

– It can also enhance the body’s immune system by producing immune stimulating agents

Essentially, probiotics will help promote the growth of good or beneficial bacteria, prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, and give your furkid excellent gut health.

PREBIOTICS

– It helps to increase the absorption of essential minerals such as calcium to improve bone health

– Lower blood lipid and cholesterol levels

– Increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the colon and reduce harmful microorganisms

– Maintain intestinal regularity and shorten gastrointestinal transit time

– Support the control of glucose and insulin in type 2 diabetes (yes, it can happen to dogs too!)

– Reduce faecal odour through the reduction of compounds such as ammonia

– Support optimal intestinal functions to maintain a healthy digestive system and increase higher faecal frequency

– Prebiotics are insoluble fibre that feed the probiotics, which means we need to feed prebiotic foods like bananas, green leafy veggies or apples to your dog’s diet to support the probiotics that you are giving him.

In summary, probiotics are live microorganisms that live in various parts of your dog’s body. Basically probiotic means ‘for life”. Having a colony of good bacteria in your dog’s system helps in more ways than one. Good bacteria is crucial for the health of your dog’s gut, at the same time, it supports his brain, digestion, absorption of nutrients and boosts his immune system which is probably the most important role of probiotics. One important fact to remember is never to add probiotics to your furkid’s food when it is still warm or hot as it will destroy the efficacy of these beneficial bacteria.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden

 

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