Inside your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, is a tiny ecosystem of microbes. When well balanced, these microbes assist not only with digestion but a whole manner of other bodily functions. Just like with humans, dog gut health affects even their immune system and mental health.
poor gut health can cause problems like inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and other issues in their systems. As a result, one of the best things you can do for your furry friend is to restore their gut health. Here are two tips to help you get started with restoring your dog’s gut health.
Feed Your Dog’s Microbiome for Good Gut Health
Diversity in your dog’s diet is essential to keeping a healthy microbiome in your dog’s gut. It provides bacteria and the nutrients needed to keep the bacteria flourishing and keep their host healthy. Things to include in their diet are:
These promote the growth of healthy microbes and counteract inflammation caused by a high-fat diet. Prebiotics are substances such as inulin, manna oligosaccharide, and fiber sources. You can find prebiotics in our Fresh Freeze Dried Meals.
Without prebiotics, probiotics will be less effective and can eventually die off. But if the probiotics are well-fed, they’ll grow and encourage new colonies of friendly bacteria to populate. Your dog will start to really shine with good health as their immune system starts working like a fine-tuned engine and their gut starts getting all the nutrients and vitamins it needs. You can also find probiotics in our Fresh Freeze Dried Meals.
Fermented foods are great for your dog’s microbiome and are easily found in grocery stores. Yogurt, kefir, apple cider vinegar, tempeh, kimchi, and sauerkraut are all safe for your dog. You can find recipes here for fermenting vegetables for your dog.
Raw food is an important source of nutrients for your dog. It feeds their microbes and gives them the energy they need for day-to-day activities. Our Freeze-dried meal is raw and we simply remove the water through a freeze dried process that maintains 97% of its nutrients, and has a 2 year shelf life.
2. Gut Health for Dogs: Environmental Exposure
Bacteria is everywhere in nature, in the dirt, on plants, and in the air. For most of our lives, we have been told to avoid or kill bacteria, but there are many benefits to being exposed to it. After all, getting outside and enjoying the fresh air isn’t just good for exercising your pup, it’s good for their gut as well. Exposure to the outside world, other dogs, and new environments help create a strong immune system and good gut health for your dog.
Get Joy: The Best Dog Food for Gut Health
All in all, Get Joy’s mission is to improve the lives of families through pet health and nutrition. We offer products to feed your pup and support their gut health, as well as 24/7 access to on-demand virtual vet services. Check out freeze-dried foods on our website or contact us today.