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 bodily functions. Just like with humans, dog gut health affects their immune system as well as mental health.
Poor gut health can cause problems like inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and more. Needless to say, 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:
1. Feed Your Dog’s Microbiome For Good Gut Health
Diversity in your dog’s diet is essential for a healthy microbiome in their gut. It provides the nutrients needed to keep bacteria flourishing as well as keep their host healthy. Things to include in your dog’s diet are:
Without prebiotics, probiotics are less effective and can eventually die off. But if probiotics are well-fed, they’ll grow and encourage new colonies of friendly bacteria to populate. Your dog will start to shine with good health as their immune system works like a fine-tuned engine and their gut gets all the nutrients and vitamins it needs. You can find probiotics in our Fresh Freeze Dried Meals.
Fermented food is great for your dog’s microbiome and is easily found in grocery stores. Yogurt, kefir, apple cider vinegar, tempeh, kimchi, and sauerkraut are all safe for your dog. You can find recipes for fermented vegetables here.
Raw food provides your dog with important nutrients, feeding their microbes and giving them the energy they need for day-to-day activities. Thanks to a freeze-dried process, our raw Fresh Freeze Dried Meals retain 97% of nutrients (and have a 2-year shelf life)!
2. Gut Health For Dogs: Environmental Exposure
Bacteria is found 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. That being said, getting outside and enjoying the fresh air is great for your pup’s gut. Exposure to the outside world, other dogs, and new environments help create a strong immune system and good gut health.
Get Joy: The Best Dog Food For Gut Health
All in all, Get Joy’s mission is to help your dog live a long, happy life with nutritious food. We’re here 24/7 to support their gut health via on-demand virtual vet services. Check out Fresh Freeze Dried Meals or contact us today.