Go Beyond Yogurt for Your Dog
Go Beyond Yogurt for Your Dog
ARTICLE BY | Michele Olson
Many people assume feeding their dog yogurt occasionally is all that’s needed for canine digestive support. Research tells us there’s more to it. In addition to a healthy diet and adequate exercise, it’s important to give your dog a quality probiotic, one made for canines. Here’s the news on why you should consider a probiotic for your best friend.
The Importance of Good Bacteria
The gut is the largest immune organ and contains approximately 70% of all immune cells. Just like humans, the majority of a dog’s immune system resides in their gut. Probiotics are often called “good bacteria.” Keeping a balance of good (vs bad) bacteria is vital for your dog’s health, and doesn’t just happen. In fact, your dog can experience occasional discomfort and poor digestion after eating, just like you. They don’t get to complain about it in the way a human would, but it can affect their quality of life.
So, why not just give your dog yogurt? The probiotic count in yogurt is measured in the millions. Sounds impressive, but the truth is by the time these probiotics get through the canine digestive system, their numbers are greatly diminished. A tasty treat, but a waste of time if optimal digestion is the goal. That’s why you should turn to probiotics formulated for canines. In addition to helping your dog absorb nutrients from food and keep their bowel movements regular, beneficial microflora can be counted on to promote intestinal well-being. That leads to a reduction in occassional gas and digestive upset—something every pet parent wants for their furry friend.
Picking a Good Probiotic for your Pet
Dogs have a more acidic stomach than a human—as much as ten times more acidic. Supplemental probiotics only work if they survive the trip through the acidic environment of the stomach and reach the intestines. That makes choosing a good probiotic very important.
Probiotic Daily™ from Terry Naturally® Animal Health has two powerful Bifidobacteria probiotics—two probiotic strains that have been shown to be very acid resistant—Bifidobacterium animalis and Bifidobacterium bifidum. One research study in dogs with occassional diarrhea found that recovery time was reduced by 40 percent for dogs treated with B. animalis versus a placebo. Probiotic Daily is a source of beneficial intestinal bacteria you can give your dog daily to help maintain proper gut flora. And there’s no need for refrigeration. The product has a two-year shelf life at room temperature.
When it comes to giving your dog a probiotic, the science is clear. Is it any wonder that the term probiotic literally means “for life?” That’s how important it is! Think about it this way; your dog eats every day, so it makes sense to support their digestion every day. Choosing Probiotic Daily from Terry Naturally Animal Health can help with your goals of maintaining proper gut flora and gut pH for your dog. It’s a doggone good gut health choice!
ABOUT | Michele
Michele is a mom, wife, and grandmother who has been writing about the world of natural medicines for over twenty-five years. A professional voice talent, watercolor artist, and author, Michele enjoys conveying all that is possible in natural health through multiple communication styles—including a good laugh.