The Importance of Prebiotics and Probiotics For Dogs
This is our series on the ingredients in Wild Earth’s Clean Protein dog food called ‘Ingredients With A Purpose’. We understand there are A LOT of options when it comes to what you feed your dog. We also understand you want to feed them the best food possible and labels can be confusing. The goal of this series is to give you insight into the role each ingredient plays in our food and the components that make a complete dog diet. We’ve broken the articles down into the components that make a healthy dog diet: Protein, Fats & Carbohydrates, Fibers, Vitamins & Minerals, Essential Fatty Acids, Superfoods, Amino Acids, Prebiotics & Probiotics.
Prebiotics & Probiotics
Similar to humans, dogs, and other household pets can benefit from receiving daily prebiotics and probiotics to help maintain and improve the health of their digestive system. Both prebiotics and probiotics can help to alleviate discomfort and provide healthier digestion for your dog, but these two compounds work in different ways.
The two compounds may work in different ways but they work together to help improve the health of the “good bacteria” within your dog’s gut microbiome. In this article, you will learn about the importance of prebiotics and probiotics for your dog and how our team at Wild Earth utilizes these compounds to provide better digestion health to dogs around the world.
The Role of Probiotics For Dogs
Probiotics are live microorganisms, bacteria, and yeasts that are found in specific supplements as well as found. This bacteria is referred to as “good bacteria” and is naturally found within the gut microbiome of dogs as well as other species such as humans.
These beneficial bacteria work with your dog’s stomach and digestive system to effectively break down and digest the food that your dog consumes but it also helps to protect against any harmful bacteria within their digestive system. Harmful bacteria can appear in your dog’s digestive system if they eat something they shouldn’t or if they are sick. But probiotics will help to protect your dog from these harmful bacteria by combating the dangerous bacteria and growing a larger population of healthy bacteria within the gut.
By giving your dog adequate amounts of probiotics, they can build up a population of healthy bacteria to help them combat harmful bacteria, restore their gut flora, and improve the overall health of their digestive system.
The Role of Prebiotics For Dogs
Now that you understand what probiotics are, it is time to learn about prebiotics. Prebiotics can be thought of as the food source for probiotics. The healthy live microorganisms that are probiotics will need a source of fuel in order to combat harmful bacteria and to grow in size. Prebiotics are typically fibers that act as a food source for the healthy bacteria that are naturally found within the digestive system of your dog.
Prebiotics can come from food or from supplementation. our Clean Protein Dog Food contains Inulin as well as Fructooligosaccharide that act as natural prebiotics to help improve the health of beneficial bacteria in your dog’s gut microbiome.
Without prebiotics, the healthy bacteria that protect your dog’s digestive system will struggle to grow and adequately combat harmful bacteria. This is why it is important to provide your dog with both probiotics as well as prebiotics to help provide them with the healthiest digestive system possible.
Why Dogs Should Receive Both Prebiotics and Probiotics
Giving your dog probiotics can help to increase the number of healthy bacteria they have within their gut microbiome, but without prebiotics, these healthy bacteria won’t have the food source necessary to grow. It is important to combine probiotics and prebiotics to your dog’s diet in order to support the health of their stomach, colon, immune system, as well as their overall digestion system.
You may see the term “synbiotic” which is used to refer to a product or mixture that combines both probiotics and prebiotics together to help promote a healthy digestive tract. Our Daily Immunity & Digestion Dog Supplements utilize a synbiotic combination of probiotics, prebiotics, as well as postbiotics to further strengthen your dog’s digestive system and immune system.