Do You Know the Top 4 Reasons Your DOG Ends Up at the Vet — and
YOU End Up Spending a Fortune?
While there are many issues that plague our furry friends, the leading causes of vet visits are:
- Upset Stomach
- Arthritis and/or Hip and Joint Pain
Do any of these issues sound familiar in your house?
Many people do not associate their pet’s digestive health with the 4 conditions I’ve mentioned. Ultimately that can be very sad for their dog or cat, and their finances as well. Truth is, the gut is the key to your pet’s ability to be healthy and happy – or to end up unhealthy and in pain.
What primary factor initiates the decline in my pet’s health?
Just like with humans, your pet’s digestive tract is literally the core of his or her health. And maintaining the balance of good microflora in the gut (that’s the bacteria and microbes that protect you pet’s immunity and digest food) – is critical. When your dog does not have enough good microflora in their digestive tract the pathogenic or bad bacteria can take over the gut environment. This can eventually lead to an imbalance of intestinal microflora and a decline in health.
So much so that I call the army of good bacteria (probiotics) that are in the gut your dog’s own personal GPS – Gut Protection System.
As the GPS becomes disturbed, the lining of the gut becomes inflamed and permeable, allowing undigested food, toxins, even bacteria into the blood stream where they don’t belong. This condition is commonly known as Leaky Gut. As these invaders circulate, they stimulate immune responses, and can create inflammatory processes like those experienced with arthritis and allergies, sometimes even cancer. Now you can understand why issues that don’t seem like they would relate to the gut absolutely do!
So what causes the imbalance of intestinal microflora in the first place?
Here are some major influences:
ANTIBIOTICS – This term literally means “Anti Life”. Antibiotics do not discriminate. They kill the bad bacteria as well as the good bacteria in the gut. The result is they disrupt the critical balance of bacteria overall. Even many vets still don’t fully understand the importance of maintaining a dog’s balanced intestinal microflora. As an informed pet parent, it is important that you make sure it is absolutely necessary for your pet to take an antibiotic when the vet suggests one, be sure to ask the question – why? If it’s just part of a standard protocol, you may have saved your pet, and yourself a lot of distress down the line.
POOR DIET – Many of the dog food and treat options today are deficient in many nutrients dogs need to be truly healthy. Do not be fooled by food and treats claiming to include probiotics (good bacteria) or other nutritional support like omega oils. It certainly sounds like a great idea to add something healthy into a treat, but in most cases when you look closely, you’ll notice it’s just marketing.
Here’s the inside scoop – with regard to probiotics anyhow. Please understand that the bacteria must be alive to maximize their benefit. AND good bacteria typically cannot survive the intense process foods and treats must go through to make it onto a store shelf. Finally, the amounts included are nominal at best.
STRESS – In dogs (just like with humans!) stress and anxiety can actually disrupt the good to bad bacteria ratio in the gut, and result in the conditions we are discussing.
VACCINATIONS – Although necessary in many cases, vaccinations can impact your dog’s immune system and lower the good bacteria levels, leaving your friend open for the types of issues we are discussing. From this perspective, perhaps a good question for your vet might be – “Could I space out my puppy’s vaccinations to lessen the impact on his/her little body overall?” Managing vaccines this way has been suggested for human babies to minimize issues like autism. Maybe it would be a good idea for the new four-legged member of your family as well.
At this point, you MUST be wondering – How can I change my pet’s digestive system from unhealthy to healthy?
Here’s the SECRET –
STEP 1 – Boost and support your pet’s GPS with PROBIOTICS!
Check out these Beneficial Effects of Probiotics:
- Probiotics improve digestion by producing proteolytic enzymes (enzymes that break down protein)
- Probiotics provide B vitamins – critical for skin and coat
- Probiotics improve immunity – help to ward off infection
- Probiotics increase cellular enzyme activity – better metabolism for more energy
- Probiotics keep intestinal cells healthy – guarding against inflammation and perhaps even cancer
- Probiotics increase the repair rate of intestinal cells
- Probiotics lower gut pH, which in turn inhibits the proliferation of harmful bacteria
- Probiotics help prevent harmful bacteria from colonizing in the intestines
- And I’ve only touch on a few of the most notable actions of probiotics….
So what might I look for in my pet’s probiotic?
HIGH POTENCY – A minimum of 20 billion live cultures per serving or per capsule. Since there are billions of bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract it is important that a probiotic supplement provide a sufficient dose of the friendly bacteria.
MULTI-STRAIN – A minimum of 10 unique strains of bacteria. A proper blend should include lactobacillus, bfidobacterium and enterococcus strains. A probiotic supplement should contain a blend of clinically studied animal strains such as bifidobacterium animalis and enterococcus faecium. Many probiotic supplements have just 1 or 2 strains of good bacteria.
GMP CERTIFICATION – Good Manufacturing Practices ensure that a supplement contains what is claimed on its label and is manufactured using the highest quality standards.
PREBIOTICS – Serve as food for the beneficial bacteria to help them multiply and survive.
Our dog’s health is precious! They provide us with unconditional love and companionship. A daily probiotic formula is a great way to ensure good health. Make sure you choose one that delivers the recommended potency level and strain count. There is nothing quite like a healthy and happy dog. Happy Dog. Happy Life!