Probiotics In Your Dog’s Diet

What are Probiotics you ask?
Probiotic literally means “for life,” or supporting life. Probiotic microorganisms are the essential “friendly” flora–especially, the “good” bacteria–that maintain the ecosystem in our pets (and our own) bowel, or intestinal tract
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Friendly bacteria including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifido-bacterium bifidum, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus are your pets (and your own) body’s first line of defense against the all the potentially harmful microorganisms that your pet or yourself inhale or ingest daily. These (friendly) bacteria actually help to support the healthy functions of the body. These organisms, called probiotics, actually help the immune system adapt to internal changes.Many still have not come to realize that within the digestive system is one of the most important and largest groups of immune cells “the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT)“ which communicates with the immune cells located throughout the body. In some respects, the GALT is the first line of defense in the body it actually is 70% of the immune system its self.

Whereas most of the cells in our body receive nutrition from the blood, this is not true for the GALT, it receives the majority of its nutrients from probiotics.The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain reported that 90% of chronic diseases are caused from an unhealthy intestinal system primarily the colon.There naturally exists, a connection between imbalance in the intestines and the following dis-eases: Arthritis

Candida

Asthma

Seasonal Allergies

Food Allergies

Dry Skin

Hot Spots

Acne

Irritable Bowel

Celiac Disease

Indigestion

Constipation

Lupus

Low Immune System

From the moment your dog (or cat or yourself) takes a bite of food, the digestive process begins. Yet this complex process of breaking down nutrients also plays a vital role in the body’s natural defense system.  Every digestive system contains millions of bacteria. While some of the bacterium can be harmful, many actually help to support the healthy functions of the body. These are the organisms called probiotics, they help the immune system adapt to internal changes.

Probiotics are another term for these friendly bacteria that live and work in the gastrointestinal tract every day of our pet’s life (and of course our own). Think of them as a mighty bacterial army that defends the body against dangerous invaders. Having sufficient numbers of these friendly bacteria in residence can help prevent a wide range of health problems.

Whenever your companion animal (or you) take a course of antibiotics, it kills all of the bacteria, regardless of its ultimate effect (healthy v. unhealthy). That’s why it is important to re-establish the healthy bacteria in the GI tract to avoid intestinal distress during and after the course of anti-biotics (anti = “against” biotic =”life”).

Probiotics are necessary to maintain the healthy ecology of intestinal microbes known as the “gut flora”. The types of bacteria contained in the gut differ from species to species, and animal to animal, but there are many commonalities. These helpful bacteria can have numerous positive effects on the body, including:
Causing chemical reactions that metabolize foods into vitamins and energy
Competing with unhealthy microorganisms, helping block their adhesion to the lining of the gut wall
Increasing tolerance of unhealthy bacteria by stimulating the defense system
Protecting the gut mucosal barrier, thereby promoting the health of the gut lining

The community of bacteria in the intestinal system protects its host from invading unhealthy microorganisms in an effort called “colonization resistance”. This resistance appears effective at supporting intestinal health. Clinical trials on humans show very clearly that probiotics are useful in supporting a healthy digestive system. In a recent study on humans with the common cold; found that use of probiotics helped decrease not only the period, but also the severity of associated symptoms.

Pets with large amounts of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of unhealthy organisms. So, if your dog is to maintain a healthy body, they need large quantities of friendly bacteria pretty much on a daily basis. Supplement you dog’s diet with a high quality pet probiotic and give your dog the health that he most certainly deserves.

More information on Probiotics:

Probiotics, What Are They? Do Pets NEED Them?
Probiotics to Boost Immune System
Probiotics Dr Jeannie Recommends

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