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Gastrointestinal Flora

Gastrointestinal Flora

Herbal remedies to help support gastrointestinal gut health and help to prevent digestive upset in dogs and cats.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems including the immune system, the liver, bone marrow and adrenals.

Prebiotics are specialized forms of fiber that, when eaten, stimulate the growth and function of healthy or "good" bacteria in the intestine. Prebiotics promote the growth of good bacteria and actually inhibit the growth of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria. FOS(fructooligosaccharides), inulin (a type of FOS), GOS (galactooligosaccharides) or TOS (trans-galactooligosaccharides) are all examples of prebiotics and are beneficial in pets. 

Prebiotics occur naturally in foods such as asparagus, chicory, artichokes, garlic, onion, bananas, honey, rye, wheat, oats and soybean. However, it would require a large quantity of foods to exert a useful Prebiotic effect.

Probiotics are essential to keep the "bad bacteria" in check and the intestinal micro flora in balance. Probiotics are beneficial strains of bacteria that maintain and restore the normal balance of micro flora (bacteria) in the gastrointestinal tract. In other words, probiotics are the "good, friendly bacteria" that are used to combat the "bad, harmful bacteria" that have grown out of proportion due to numerous reasons.

The normal intestinal balance may have been disrupted by drugs, like antibiotics, or steroids.

Other reasons that can disrupt intestinal balance:

Dietary change

Poor diet

A pathogenic virus or bacteria

Pollutants or allergens (pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc.)

Gastrointestinal tract inflammation

Environmental stress or changes

Your animal’s digestive tract is the largest "frontline" immune organ defense in its body. Dogs and cats come in contact with more harmful bacteria than humans do, and their digestive tracts are able to handle a large amount of harmful bacteria due to the "friendly" bacteria in their guts. This friendly bacteria act as a defense against all the potentially harmful bacteria and other microorganisms that your dog eats or inhales.

Having a constant supply of friendly bacteria in your pet’s GI tract can help prevent a wide range of health problems, and balanced micro flora is essential to supporting healthy immunity. Friendly bacteria must be present in optimal numbers and ratio (approx. 85% beneficial to 15% non-beneficial). If the balance gets out of whack, your dog's immune system will be compromised and will most likely develop digestive problems as well as an increased susceptibility to other health problems.

Probiotics include a variety of strains, most of which are lactic acid bacteria, such as L. acidophilus, and L. bulgaricus. Recent research shows that if you want optimal health for your dog or cat, a Probiotic supplement should contain at least 10 beneficial strains of bacteria.

Probiotics for dogs and cats can aid food digestion and improve lactose intolerance and are effective in preventing and treating intestinal disorders caused by poor digestion, such as diarrhea, vomiting, gas, and bloating.

There is a connection between intestinal disorders the following diseases and conditions:  

Arthritis

Yeast infection (Candida)

Chronic constipation

Asthma

Food allergy and intolerance

Skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema, etc.

Probiotics are nutritive and can manufacture vitamin B groups, biotin and folic acid and stimulate the immune system, improving health and general physical wellbeing of our dogs and cats.

Given to puppies, kittens, seniors and immuno compromised animals, prebiotics and probiotics can improve growth by aiding digestion and absorption of nutrients, antioxidants and iron from food. Prebiotics and probiotics can also enhance appetite and increase energy levels, so they are beneficial to aging animals or dogs with low energy levels.

Prebiotics and Probiotics are also useful for:

  1. Probiotics are also beneficial when a puppy or kitten begin to wean as it can help the digestive system to transition from mother’s milk to puppy/kitten food, assisting in food digestion and nutrient absorption.
  1. Antibiotic regimens kill off the good beneficial bacteria in an animal’s digestive tract. Supplementing your pet’s diet with Probiotics will help replenish beneficial bacteria and restore the balance of intestinal micro flora in the tract
  1. If your pet suffers from digestive disorders such as diarrhea and gastric ulceration due to infectious causes, Probiotics can be useful, as well as important for constipation, flatulence, bloat, etc
  1. . Allergies / Skin Problems (itching, eczema) can be related to an imbalance in the intestines and supplementing with Probiotics can help to reduce symptoms.
  1. Stressful situations and events (travel, vet visits, vaccinations, environmental changes, and new home) can result in reduced appetite, malnutrition and weakened immunity. Probiotics can help improve digestion and strengthen the immune system during stressful times

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies contain Prebiotic and Probiotic to help support healthy micro flora and to help maintain intestinal and digestive balance in dogs and cats, for gut health, to help prevent digestive upset in dogs and cats and to reduce symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, gas, and bloating.

I’m Allergic to Needles – (learn more) is used for proper pancreatic support, health and function, charged with producing proper insulin levels, for all types of diabetes I and II, to reduce glucose levels in blood and for insulin resistance, to improve the glycemic index in pets with diabetes, to regulate metabolic stress, and maintain proper liver metabolism, circulation, bile production and flow, for hepatic immune function, useful in regulating excess weight and fatty deposits.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility, for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

Baby Love Bits – (learn more) helps to build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility, as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex, supports the Central Nervous System, stimulates immunity and healthy metabolism, aids digestion and promotes whole body microbial balance, improves liver function and liver health, purifies whole bodily systems, keeps the skin, hair, eyes and mouth healthy, for dental disease, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

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