probiotics for dogs
Eighty percent of your pets’ immune system is located in their digestive tract (gut), which is home to some one hundred trillion bacteria, with some 500 different species. Approximately 85% of the total bacteria are called “good”; the other 15% “bad”. This balance is essential to maintain good health.
The “bad” bacteria break the food down, making it easier for the “good” bacteria to extract any nutritional value; they also aid in converting the digested food into fecal matter. The “good” bacteria extract any nutrients and moves them to the intestinal wall where they are absorbed into your pets’ body. It is important to know that the life of “good” bacteria is rather perilous. they can be killed by acidity, drugs, and many other environmental factors. Unless you replace them on a regular basis, the balance will be tilted, favoring the “bad” bacteria. How important is this balance?
According to The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain, “Fully 90% of all chronic disease is caused by an unhealthy intestinal system.”
If you can solve this simple word problem, you may save yourself a lot of money on expensive visits to the vet and have a healthier and happier pet.
Since 80% of your pets’ total immune system is located in their digestive system, and an unhealthy digestive system causes 90% of all chronic disease, what can you do for your pet to minimize their risk?
Answer: Administer “Good” bacteria on a regular basis!
One of the jobs of “good” bacteria is to control the growth of bad bacteria by competing for nutrition and attachment sites in your pets’ colon. Unfortunately, it does not take much of an imbalance for the bad bacteria to get the upper hand, especially when good bacteria are not being replenished regularly.
The longer the “bad” bacteria have the upper hand, the greater the strain on your pets’ immune system, and therefore, the greater the risk of a simple digestive disorder turning into a disease.
Digestion Is Time Sensitive
If the time between eating and elimination is either too fast, or too slow, your pet will develop health issues. The more nutritious the food, the easier it is to break it down, extract the nutrients, and move it along in a timely manner for elimination.
Early warning signs of a compromised digestive system includes frequent loss of appetite, foul smelling gas, loose stools, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation. These disorders are so common that people tend to ignore them- a choice that often has dire consequences.
When digestion is too slow, the risk of becoming a breeding ground for viruses and pathogens increases significantly. Common health issues that result from digestion that is too slow includes runny eyes, dry itchy skin, frequent diarrhea and vomiting, IBS, IBD and constipation.
The intestinal wall is your pets’ lifeline. This is where the blood picks up the nutrients to feed every cell, tissue, organ and immune system in your pets’ body. It is also where waste and dead cells are taken for removal. When your pets’ intestinal system is imbalanced over a period of time, their intestinal wall comes to their defense, swelling to prevent pathogens from invading the body. Unfortunately, the swelling also prevents waste products, and dead cells from being eliminated via the colon.
Treating the Cause Instead of the Effect
It is common knowledge that most veterinarians administer antibiotics and steroids in their attempt to resolve digestive distress. This is a case where the so-called “remedy” needs a remedy!
Bacteria respond to antibiotics by developing into ever more resistant strains, calling into question the benefit of antibiotics. Thankfully, some veterinarians are becoming more aware of natural alternatives like probiotics for dogs and cats.
Yogurt is a probiotic that is heavily promoted for its ability to restore “good bacteria” in the gut. If only!
Yogurt is cultured from commercial dairy cows. These cows spend a good portion of their lives in squalid living conditions, eating highly questionable foods. Antibiotics and bovine growth hormones are commonly used. On top of these concerns, many pets are lacto-intolerant.
Even if your pet is not lacto-intolerant, by the time you purchase dairy-based probiotics, most of the active strains are dead and what does survive is killed by your pets’ powerful stomach acids. OK, so if not yogurt, what then?
SBOs The 21st Century Probiotic
Approximately thirty years ago, laboratory research scientists began investigating why animals eat dirt and grass. It was only when they examined organic soils and grasses that they found the answer. Unlike todays’ chemically treated soils and grasses, organic soil is teeming with soil-based organisms (SBOs) that live right around the grass roots. This (SBOs) is what your pet is after when you see them pulling at the grass!
Here is a little known secret: No matter how much money you spend on better food and supplements, to improve your pet’s health, unless you also replenish their daily requirements for SBOs, your efforts will largely be in vain!
The good news is that most animal disease is entirely reversible! The steps to make sure your pets get healthy and stay healthy, are a lot less costly than vet visits and medications!