We have all heard of probiotics through our life. It’s when you get for yourself after you poison your body with antibiotics. Probiotics are supposed to help restore the good or “healthy” bacteria in your body. That is good and all but what about your doggie? There are a lot of debates whether probiotic yogurt is good for your dog or not, but here is the thing; Your dog, just like you has a colony of bacteria in his stomach, some of which good, and some, bad. Sometimes the bad bacteria takes over, this could be due to:
- Antibiotics (see, just like you!) – You have to understand, antibiotics are not very picky. They destroy both good and bad bacteria. After a treatment with antibiotics, it’s very important to balance out the intestinal bacteria or else, you risk intestinal infection or yeast overgrowth.
- Bad diet – This one is VERY common and typically and unfortunately ignored by the vast majority of dog owners. Feeding your dog food, that is not good for it, like bread, chocolate or any fat meats for example, can lead to digestive problems and vomiting. You should be very careful regarding his diet, as in future it may bring various health issues.
- Deworming – Deworming can sometimes prevent normal bacteria environment.
- Recent illness – usually when a dog has been sick, his immune system is a bit weak right after, leaving him vulnerable to infections.
When the bad bacteria take over, your doggie experiences SIBO (Small intestine bacterial overgrowth.SIBO symptoms include:
5. Joint pain
Here is where probiotics and our yogurt come to the rescue!
Probiotic yogurts contain a very high amount of good bacteria, which can stimulate your dog’s healing process and prevent bad bacteria from overpowering the dog’s system again. Yogurt is also a source of calcium and can have a wide range of positive effects.
The main thing is, it keeps your dog’s gut flora healthy. This can lead to some serious benefits. Some of the positive effects can be the following:
- Boosted immune system
- Cell growth stimulation.
- Better reaction time when viruses attack the body.
- Elevated energy levels. (It is playtime!)
- It can cure or if not cure, at least greatly decrease any type of skin irritation.
- It can stop your battles with vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.
As it is stated, there is a lot of controversy on the interwebs and in general, about whether yogurt is healthy and adequate, and whether probiotics have any effect on your dog.
Although the researches are still going on, science shows us some very promising results according to Ann Wortinger – program chair of veterinary technology at Stanford brad College. However, you can feel encouraged and let your pup nom-nom on some probiotic yogurt, and help keeping its tummy healthy and happy. So start taking care of your doggie today, for a more energetic, enthusiastic and healthy companion in life.