Most dog parents know that probiotics are good for their dog’s health. But what about prebiotics?
This simple, inexpensive supplement can not only aid intestinal health and digestion but also aid a balanced internal immune system.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are nothing more than water-soluble fiber. That’s right-fiber. There are two types of dietary fiber, water-soluble and water-insoluble (won’t dissolve in water). Soluble fiber mixes with water in the intestines to form a gel. This gel is the preferred food for beneficial or “good” gut bacteria. These bugs promote gut health by trapping the metabolic toxins of digestion, reducing the irritation of fat digestion, and block the growth of “bad” bacteria that cause gas production, produce toxins and decrease digestive health.
Think of prebiotics as fertilizer for bacteria that promote good gut health and balanced internal immunity. Psyllium husk is our favorite and is well tolerated by most dogs. Inulin, another good prebiotic, can cause gut pain if dosed too high. Oat bran in oatmeal and ground flaxseed are also good prebiotics. Consult your veterinarian for proper dosing of prebiotic as an excess can cause soft stool or diarrhea.
Insoluble fiber, or roughage, is the type of fiber found in bran, shredded wheat, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and some fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t break down and remains solid in the intestines. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool and keeps things moving through the intestines but is not a prebiotic. This is the type of fiber used in commercial dog foods.
For quality stool, an ideal diet should contain no more than 5% total fiber, with a healthy dose of prebiotic soluble fiber. Less than 1% dietary fiber will promote poor gut health and balanced internal immunity.
If you are too far away to see Dr. Tudor in person, but still wish to make your own balanced dog food at home using Dr. Tudor's exclusive nutrient powder, omega 3 oil and recipes, we now offer two options for you:Healthier Homemade for Dogs
When you need or want custom recipes that are personalized for your fur family, our sister site Healthier Homemade can help you out. Because this service is remote, we are unable to give medical advice or diagnosis, so we work with your veterinarian to make sure your fur family is well cared for.
At Healthier Homemade, we offer Medical Recipe Programs for 14 different conditions. See them in detail here.
There are an assortment of recipe formulations for dogs with diagnosed Food Allergies. They include, High Protein, Instant, and Economy options.
If you have all Normal Adult Dogs in your fur family and wish to have more control over the formulations of your recipes, we offer Economy, Instant, High Protein, and Ultra-High Protein (including a few all meat options).
With all of our custom recipes you may include up to 4 dogs (with the same health profile) and you may choose cooking frequency from every day to once a week. We do all the math, we even calculate serving size for each dog! We also have detailed tutorials for each step of cooking, mixing, and storing.
If you are an experienced cook, like flexibility, have a normal adult dog, and just need general guidelines, Hearthstone may be right for you. Before purchasing a Starter Kit, you can see a complete list of ingredient options that can be used.
Our EZ Meal Planner gives you a great starting point. You still get to pick out wholesome ingredients at the grocery store and you still get "The Well Dog Nutrient Powder" to make sure your dogs' meals are balanced.
The Getting Started page gives you a great road map for what you need to equip your kitchen, preparation, transitioning to a new food, and more.