Updated: Jul 23
Why is gut health so important?
Does your pet suffer from any of the following:
Gut health is not just about digesting food.
It is about overall well-being and immune support.
With over 3/4 of the immune system being located in the gut, it's important to maintain a proper environment in there!
These tiny little bacteria that reside in the gut (microflora) are not only there to help assimilate nutrients... they are also known to regulate moods and behavior, such as anxiety.
But, it's all too often that microflora can be displaced, and completely out of balance (dysbiosis).
Some incidents where gut health repair may be needed:
History of antibiotic use
GI upset, such as bouts of diarrhea
History of parasites
Exposure to household toxins
Drinking unfiltered water
Inappropriate grain- based diets
Chronic stress/ anxiety
All of these scenarios can critically disrupt the GI tract.
As you can see, this isn't just about the food we feed! Though diet is a top factor to address when we discuss gut health! B vitamins alone have been shown to positively impact the gut in many ways. And B vitamins are also created by the healthy bacteria in our gut! How cool is that?!
Overall lifestyle and daily wellness choices influence every aspect of health... especially in the GI tract.
And, it's not enough just for the symptoms of GI problems to go away after an acute episode.
Intestinal flora needs to be rebuilt, and maintained.
Antibiotic over-use has become a huge problem in western medicine (for both humans and animals).
"Widespread antibiotic use contributes to development of resistant populations. In order to effectively prevent and control resistance, medical communities need to monitor and limit antibiotic use. In 17% of therapeutic antibiotic prescriptions there was confirmed infection, in 45% suspected infection, and in 38% there was no documented evidence of infection."
Why are veterinarians prescribing antibiotics so recklessly?!
The best tool you have to keep your pet's health in order:
Ask questions and be informed!
One study showed that after administration of a common medication called Metronidazole, crucial bacteria did not replenish even a month after use.
A balanced microbiome has been shown in extensive research studies to actually protect against, and even reverse, food allergies!
"The disruption of a balanced microbiome can lead to immunological dysregulation with diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), obesity and allergic diseases (including asthma and food allergy)."
So what can we do?!
You may have been recommended to give your pet a probiotic supplement... And yes, probiotics are a WONDERFUL addition to a pet's diet protocol.
The problem is, you need the right strain(s) for the condition you're trying to address, and those wonderful probiotics need support also (prebiotics).
It's not uncommon that pet owners vomt to me asking questions about this:
Which probiotic is best?
Where do I get it?
How do I give it?
For how long should it be given?
Should I add anything else to support the body?
What about my pet's food?
How can I improve their environment?
These questions are not usually answered. Leaving pet owners in the dark.
Choosing a high quality probiotic isn't as cut and dry as one may think.
Before recommending anything, I like to find out what the reason is that someone is seeking to use a probiotic supplement for their dog or cat:
Restoration after infection or illness
There are many different types of probiotics, as well as brands and even more strains of bacteria. All provide different benefits.
And a probiotic alone likely won't be the one solution you're looking for, but rather an adjunctive therapy to provide additional wellness support while other areas are also addressed.
Perhaps a Pet Health Consultant Can Assist You on Your Journey
A Wellness Program isn't just about recommending a probiotic as a quick fix.
Oh no, it's so much more than that!
We need to evaluate many important areas that could negatively affect your pet's health, including the main diet, environmental factors, the ever so sensitive microbiome and the lifestyle choices that impact it!
What if you could have FULL CONTROL over your pet's health and well- being?
Getting individualized support isn't often heard of in the veterinary field.
Most pet owners come to me feeling:
Understandably so.... It can be a jungle of information out there!
With tailored (not blanketed) support, you will know which product to use, where to buy it, how to give it, ways to improve your pet's environment to eliminate exposure to toxins, and much MORE!!
It's truly a fantastic way to be proactive about your pet's health and wellness!
Stop playing guessing games.
Stop wasting money on trial and error.
Stop losing valuable time researching which product is best.
I've had a passion for many years to teach clients about nutrition, and assist pet owners with improving the health of their dogs and cats naturally.
No pet or case is the same. So, I developed a way to get to the root of each problem, and figure out a solution to offer.
This complex area is about addressing everything the pet is exposed to, including emotional stress that impacts the microbiome.
It is so important to make educated and informed decisions in your pet's care.
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