Probiotics aren’t just about good gut health and digestion. We now know that a healthy bacteria environment in the intestines in puppies can help prevent allergic problems in later life. Mounting research is showing that good gut health promotes a more balanced internal immunity in humans and dogs.
Humans and dogs that get a healthy “gut inoculation” of bacteria from their environment (vaginal birth rather than C-section, breast fed rather than formula fed, early exposure to bacteria from dirt, pets and farm animals, no long-term treatment with antibiotics during early years) are more resistant to allergic conditions. Their immune systems do not over-react to environmental proteins causing the symptoms of allergies, sinus and asthma in humans and itching with skin and ear problems in dogs.
We like to get all of our dogs and puppies started on life-long supplementation with probiotics. This stocks the intestines with beneficial bacteria to promote not only better digestion and but a better balanced immune system. Acidophilus and kefir do not contain the variety or numbers of bacteria necessary to provide these benefits. You need to shop carefully for probiotics. Why?
We also recommend dogs get prebiotics daily. Watch for our next blog that discusses prebiotics-what they are, what they do and which are the best.
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