Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in various parts of your dog’s body, including the gastrointestinal tract, the oral cavity, vagina, nasal cavity, respiratory organs and even on the skin. The term probiotic literally means “for life.” The word comes from the Latin preposition pro meaning “for” and the Greek word bios meaning “life”. Probiotics are often called “good bacteria.” Keeping a good balance of good (vs bad) bacteria is vital for your dog’s health.
Prebiotics are various types of preferred foods that nourish the probiotic bacteria and keep them active. Feeding prebiotics along with probiotics gives your dog symbiotics.
Symbiotic means a beneficial interaction (known as a symbiotic relationship) between two different things. Prebiotics and probiotics form a perfect couple by working together to keep your dog’s body super-healthy.
Yes your dog does need probiotics everyday and although they can get expensive here is a few great natural probiotics you can easily do yourself. Here's some things you can get at the grocery store to in your pets daily feeding that make great Probiotics.
Fermented veggies are an extraordinarily nutritious and highly bioavailable way to give your dog probiotics.
Your dog might not have eaten kimchi unless she’s been raiding the garbage and found some fermenting vegetables. Fermented foods mimic the gut contents of prey. They’re already predigested and the fermenting process multiplies the good bacteria and enzymes that are naturally in the food.
Raw goat milk is abundant in natural probiotics. It has very little lactose (the sugar that’s in cow’s milk) so doesn’t cause the same digestive issues as regular dairy.
You can also add your probiotic supplement to goat milk as I described above, to provide extra probiotic benefits.
Give goat milk to your dog daily according to her weight:
To find a local source of raw goat milk, go to localharvest.com
Kefir’s another fermented food that’s packed with natural probiotics and most dogs love it as a topping on their food or as a separate snack. You can buy kefir at the grocery store but be careful it’s unsweetened. Again, goat milk is a better option for dogs than cow’s milk.
You can also make your own kefir. For dogs I like making water kefir or coconut kefir and my recipes are below. You’ll need to get some kefir grains. Kefir grains look like little pearlescent pieces of cauliflower and they contain a colony of probiotics which you can use to make water or coconut milk kefir. You can also use nut milks like hemp or cashew.
Finally, one of my favorite ways to let your dog get soil based microorganisms into her system … and that is:
Let her play in the dirt!
Dogs love digging and romping in the mud, drinking filthy water and yes, eating various kinds of poop (pigeon, rabbit and goose poop are some family favorites).
Indulge her nature and let her do it. It’s a great way to help your dog build a healthy immune system as well as enjoy some fun and play doing a natural activity. Share her joy at being out in nature and get a little muddy yourself while you’re at it!
When it comes to probiotics for dogs, there are lots of different ways to give them. Using probiotic foods as well as supplements boosts your dog’s diet with a myriad of nutritional benefits to keep your dog glowing with health.
NOTE: It’s also important to make sure that your dog’s current diet is giving him what he needs to begin with. Boosting a diet that is already missing any vital nutrition, isn’t really boosting at all
Article and info from: dogs naturally magazine.
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