4 Ways Your Dog Might Benefit from a Probiotic

4 Ways Your Dog Might Benefit from a Probiotic

Our bodies contain microorganisms that live in our stomachs and intestines, and our dogs have them too. They benefit our dogs by breaking down the food they eat into vitamins and minerals they can absorb. These microorganisms also keep their digestive tracts healthy and working properly. There are different kinds known commonly as “good” and “bad” microorganisms, but really, a healthy digestive tract will contain all of them in amounts that are balanced in a way that keeps everything running smoothly. When these microorganisms are out of balance, our dogs’ bodies pay the…continue reading →
3 Reasons Why Dogs Need a PREbiotic Just As Much As A PRObiotic

3 Reasons Why Dogs Need a PREbiotic Just As Much As A PRObiotic

Keeping track of everything your pet needs to stay healthy can be tricky. There’s a lot to know and understand, and getting your facts straight is key to having a happy dog. One of the health-related topics pet owners often get confused about is the need for prebiotics. No, that wasn’t a typo. You’ve heard of probiotics, but prebiotics are different. Both prebiotics and probiotics are essential for canine gut health, but the majority of dogs in the U.S. are missing out on the former half of that equation. The first step in…continue reading →
5 Herbs To Help Sooth Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

5 Herbs To Help Sooth Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

No one likes an upset tummy, and that includes your dog! While our four-legged friends can’t tell us if they have a belly ache, pet parents know when something isn’t right. Whether your pup vomits, has a bout of diarrhea, or just seems under the weather, loving pet parents will do just about anything to help. While you should consult with your vet if there are any noticeable changes in your dog’s health or habits (especially if they’re prolonged), sometimes it’s just anxiety, car sickness, or unsettled food that’s the culprit. Below, you’ll…continue reading →
Does Your Dog Eat Their Own Waste? Try Adding This Popular Supplement Humans Are Taking Too

Does Your Dog Eat Their Own Waste? Try Adding This Popular Supplement Humans Are Taking Too

Catching your dog chowing down on their own waste is enough to make your stomach churn, especially when you think about the big slobbery kiss they’re bound to give you later. The technical term for consuming feces is coprophagia, and it’s a condition that almost always has to do with a problem in your dog’s digestive system. It could be a general lack of nutrition that has your dog searching the yard for an unsanitary snack, and for many poop-eating pups, an unbalanced intestinal microflora is to blame. A dog’s intestinal microflora is…continue reading →
Does Your Pup Have Greasy/Fatty Looking Poos? This Could Be Why…

Does Your Pup Have Greasy/Fatty Looking Poos? This Could Be Why…

Does your dog’s poop look different lately? Your dog’s feces are a huge indicator as to what’s going on with his overall health, so any change is important to note. While unusual poop or diarrhea should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian if it doesn’t clear up within a couple of days, poop that looks greasy or fatty may indicate that your dog isn’t digesting his food properly. What could be causing that, and what can you do to help? Read on for these answers and more! Your dog may be…continue reading →
How Digestive Enzymes Can Help Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

How Digestive Enzymes Can Help Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

Thanks to technological advances, pet parents have the option to conveniently feed their pups pre-packaged food rather than having them hunt for meals themselves. While this makes life easier for us and our domesticated friends, there’s one small issue: prepared foods don’t contain all the digestive enzymes that they need for a balanced and healthy gut. What are digestive enzymes? According to Dr. Karen Becker in an article by Mercola Healthy Pets, these are the four major digestive enzymes: Protease – helps break down and digest protein Amylase – helps break down and digest carbohydrates…continue reading →
If You’re Not Feeding Your Dog A Raw Diet, They Are Likely Missing This Vital Nutrient

If You’re Not Feeding Your Dog A Raw Diet, They Are Likely Missing This Vital Nutrient

Commercial dog food companies would like you to believe that their food is nutritionally complete and provides everything your dog needs to be healthy. Sadly, the bar for a “nutritionally complete” meal for dogs is appallingly low. Sure, it will keep your dog alive, but it’s missing a variety of nutrients that are killed during the high heat processing and are, at best, sprayed down with synthetic vitamins at the end of the manufacturing process. If you aren’t feeding your dog a raw diet (or if you are, but don’t include entrails in…continue reading →
6 Surprising Issues A Probiotic Can Help Your Dog Cope With

6 Surprising Issues A Probiotic Can Help Your Dog Cope With

Probiotics are popular among humans, but did you know they can also help your dog? To be clear, feeding your companion probiotics formulated for humans is not recommended — the healthy flora in the gut is different in humans and dogs. But with that said, the benefits of taking a species-specific probiotic supplement are very similar! How can probiotics help my pooch? Probiotics are known for supporting gut health, which starts a ripple effect: regular, solid bowel movements, happier tummies, and a strengthened immune system are all potential benefits of taking a probiotic,…continue reading →
Traveling With Or Boarding Your Dog? This Cheap Supplement May Prevent Yucky Poops

Traveling With Or Boarding Your Dog? This Cheap Supplement May Prevent Yucky Poops

If you frequently board or travel with your dog, you may have noticed that he’s prone to diarrhea during or immediately after these experiences. These stressful situations can easily upset your dog’s digestive system. Sure, you can add pumpkin to your dog’s diet for a few days to help get things back to normal, but wouldn’t you prefer to try to avoid your poor pup suffering from diarrhea in the first place? Luckily, there is a supplement you can give your dog that may help prevent yucky poops. The answer? Probiotics. What are…continue reading →
10 Ways A Probiotic Can Help Your Dog

10 Ways A Probiotic Can Help Your Dog

Up to 80% of a dog’s immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract, so maintaining digestive health means far more than just preventing upset bellies and loose stools. Probiotics replenish the levels of healthy bacterial flora in the GI tract and prevent the “bad” bacteria from taking over. Dogs with unbalanced flora levels experience digestive problems and are more susceptible to illness. In the following 10 circumstances, probiotics can be especially beneficial to your dog. All of these stressors upset the balance of good to bad intestinal bacteria, potentially leading to poor…continue reading →
Can Probiotics Help My Dog’s Stinky Farts?

Can Probiotics Help My Dog’s Stinky Farts?

If your dog can clear an entire room with noxious flatulence, it’s time to do something about the stench. Their extreme gas assaults the senses, and it’s also giving your pup serious tummy troubles. The reason why your dog’s farts are especially nauseating could be due to diet or how fast they eat. Lucky for your sense of smell, probiotics are the secret weapon to help stop the stink. Probiotics are microorganisms also known as “good bacteria.” They’re essential for good gut health, and many dog owners see successful results when it comes…continue reading →
The Cure For Your Dog’s Horrific Farts Might Be Surprisingly Simple

The Cure For Your Dog’s Horrific Farts Might Be Surprisingly Simple

Is your dog exceptionally gassy? Do his farts make you gag and want to run from the room? While gas is normal in all animals, at some point it becomes more than just a nuisance and you start to wonder if there’s something wrong with your dog’s digestion. After all, it is the process of digestion that causes gas. Is there anything that can be done to help cure those horrific farts? The answer is yes, and it might be something you take yourself. The answer is probiotics. According to the AKC: “The…continue reading →
This Inexpensive Supplement Is Showing Promise for Dogs with Itchy Skin

This Inexpensive Supplement Is Showing Promise for Dogs with Itchy Skin

More and more research is showing us the incredible impact that gut health has on all aspects of wellness. And although we don’t fully understand the mechanism, there does appear to be a link between our GI system and allergies or food intolerances in dogs. In 2015, a double-blind, placebo controlled-trial published by the NIH showed that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus sakei given for 2 months significantly reduced the disease severity of dogs diagnosed with canine atopic dermatitis.  (We’ve also covered more human and animal studies on dogs and probiotics here.) For dog…continue reading →
6 Things To Consider Before Buying a Canine Probiotic

6 Things To Consider Before Buying a Canine Probiotic

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely heard the benefits of giving your dog a probiotic. Studies on both humans and animals have suggested that these healthy bacteria have countless benefits to dogs, including balancing an upset digestive tract, alleviating allergies and itchy skin, managing stress, and much more. Based on our research, we believe the following 6 considerations must be made when choosing a probiotic product for your dog: #1 – Choose a Product That Contains Multiple Strains of Probiotics While we don’t fully understand the benefits of each specific kind of probiotic,…continue reading →
10 Times That Probiotics Are Especially Beneficial To Your Dog

10 Times That Probiotics Are Especially Beneficial To Your Dog

Advertisement Up to 80% of a dog’s immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract, so maintaining digestive health means far more than just preventing upset bellies and loose stools. Probiotics replenish the levels of healthy bacterial flora in the GI tract and prevent the “bad” bacteria from taking over. Dogs with unbalanced flora levels experience digestive problems and are more susceptible to illness. In the following 10 circumstances, probiotics can be especially beneficial to your dog. All of these stressors upset the balance of good to bad intestinal bacteria, potentially leading to…continue reading →