Yes! Probiotic supplementation is a great way to keep your pet’s gut healthy and functioning normally.
The quote “A road to health is paved with good intestines” is so true! The gastrointestinal tract plays a huge role in every pet’s overall health. Research shows that nearly 70 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. The good bacteria that inhabit your gut help defend your body from infections and support the immune system. If your pet has frequent GI upset, such as diarrhea, flatulence or constipation, their immune system may be compromised. Low amounts of beneficial bacteria can lead to more infections, inflammation and even autoimmune disorders.
Let's dive a little deeper to find out how to keep the GI tract healthy, what probiotics are, how they can benefit GI health, and most importantly; benefits they can provide for your fur babies.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that support a healthy digestive system. They cause changes within the GI tract that lead to improved gut health and immune system function.
Probiotics may be found naturally in foods such as yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut or (in the case of your pets) may also be taken as a supplement.
Probiotics are unique microorganisms that survive food processing as well as the acid in the stomach. They are non-pathogenic organisms - in simpler terms, they don’t cause disease. Probiotics establish themselves as part of the community of beneficial microorganisms within the gut. This community of beneficial microorganisms is commonly called the gut flora or microbiota.
You probably have also heard the term prebiotic talked about in regards to digestive system health. Both probiotics and prebiotics play an important role in gut health but in very different ways.
How do Probiotics differ from Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are sources of fiber and other nutrients that the beneficial gut flora use as a food source. These food sources are generally carbohydrates that can not be broken down by an animal's digestive system.
Prebiotic sources come from eating fibrous fruits and vegetables or may be taken as a supplement.
Prebiotics are unique fiber sources that resist breakdown by stomach acid and other digestive system enzymes. They are also selectively fermented by and stimulate the growth or activity of the gut flora.
What are the Benefits of Probiotics?
The gut flora in your pet is responsible for many functions including food fermentation, digestion, nutrient absorption, vitamin synthesis, and immune system regulation.
Digestive issues, obesity, allergies, and a depressed mood can all occur when the gut flora are out of balance. Probiotics act to initiate, enhance, or restore the gut flora and their functions. Probiotics can be beneficial for animals of all life stages and provide health benefits for ill and healthy animals. The benefits of probiotics include:
Your pet may see these benefits and more when using Fera Pet Organics USDA Organic Probiotic with Prebiotics supplement. Our formula has 12 different beneficial microorganisms specific for canine and feline digestive tract health along with 3 sources of organic prebiotics. Each scoop contains a guaranteed 5 billion CFUs per scoop!
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