Just like people, pets need to maintain healthy digestive systems in order to thrive. Can a prebiotic supplement help your pet live a longer, healthier life?
Maintaining Your Dog’s Proper Digestive Health
Although many animals — dogs, especially — don’t appear enormously selective about the foods (or furniture) they consume, the fact is that what your dog eats has an important impact on its health. PetMD reports that a dog’s digestive tract is responsible for about 70 percent of its immune system. Therefore, it stands to reason that your dog’s food — which, naturally, passes through the digestive tract on its way to your backyard — should be as healthy as possible.
As a result, PetMD recommends incorporating both probiotics and prebiotics into your dog’s diet for maximal digestive health. Probiotics, which are live beneficial bacteria that help you (and your dog) digest food, naturally occur in some foods as well as certain supplements. Unfortunately, probiotics are somewhat delicate and often don’t survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are sturdier — and do just as much, if not more, to improve the health of your pet’s digestive tract.
Prebiotics and Your Dog
Prebiotics act similarly to probiotics in that they improve the digestibility of the food your dog consumes. Unlike probiotics, prebiotics are not live bacteria; they are plant-based fibers that fertilize the microbiota already living in your dog’s lower gut. Foods such as beet pulp, soybeans and raw oats are good sources of prebiotic fiber, according to PetMD. Other food sources include garlic, chicory root and Jerusalem artichoke.
But My Dog Won’t Eat Beet Pulp!
If these foods sound a bit off the beaten path, you’re right. Not only do many people — and, presumably, dogs — find these foods unappetizing, they are often difficult to find in the average grocery store. And those who can find them and do enjoy them usually can’t eat enough to satisfy the daily fiber requirement, thus rendering the lower gut health initiative moot.
Enter Prebiotin prebiotic fiber: our all-natural plant-based supplement, which contains both oligofructose and inulin, is a low-calorie, easy way to add the suitable amount of fiber to your pet’s diet. Simply sprinkle the fiber directly onto your dog’s food.
The Benefits of Prebiotic Fiber
Slowly adding prebiotic fiber to your pet’s diet will improve the bacterial mix in your dog’s lower gut. This will result in improved regularity as well as boosted immunity.
The next time you purchase food for your dog, check to see if the ingredients include flaxseed and oatmeal, two common sources of natural fiber in dog food. If not, consider adding Prebiotin prebiotic fiber to your dog’s regular diet for an all-natural way to boost digestive health.