Heed these takeaways:
- Trillions of microbes coexist in your dog’s body, making up the microbiome.
- Gut health is directly linked not only to digestive health but to immunity, healthy body weight, food allergies, behavior, and more.
- Supporting gut health is the key to optimal overall health - balanced nutrition is the key.
- A healthy diet for gut health consists of high-quality, natural ingredients designed to feed and nourish the beneficial bacteria in your dog’s microbiome.
With all that’s going on in the world, keeping your family safe is your top priority - your dog included.
Washing your hands, limiting travel, and avoiding unnecessary social interaction helps prevent the spread of potentially harmful microbes like viruses and bacteria that could make you or your family sick. The global pandemic has brought to light just how dangerous a microscopic organism can be.
The truth is, however, that not all microbes are bad. In fact, some are necessary.
At any given time, trillions of microbes coexist within your own body and in your dog’s – it’s called the microbiome. The majority of these microbes are located in your dog’s gut where they influence everything from digestion to nutrient absorption.
Gut health affects more than just your dog’s digestion – it is directly linked to immunity, body weight, and behavior. Read on to learn the importance of protecting your dog’s gut health and how balanced nutrition is the best way to do it.
Why is gut health so important?
Gut health is essential for all dogs, even those that don’t suffer from digestive issues.
Your dog’s digestive system makes up 70% of his immune system, so its healthy function is crucial for protection against disease and infection, but it plays a number of other roles as well.
Here are some of the benefits of gut health for dogs:
- Immune protection against disease and infections
- Defense from toxins and allergens entering the bloodstream
- Efficient nutrient absorption for healthy body weight
- Nutritional and digestive support from enzyme production
- Communication with the brain to balance mood and behavior
Your dog’s gut is home to trillions of microbes at any given time, both good and bad. In a healthy gut, the good bacteria outnumber the bad and they work to provide the benefits listed above.
When the bad bacteria in your dog’s gut start to take over, the balance in the microbiome shifts into dysbiosis. The result is an increased risk for disease and nutritional deficiencies.
The best prevention? A healthy diet that supports intestinal balance by feeding good bacteria.
Feed good bacteria for digestive balance
Probiotics are the good bacteria in your dog’s gut that improve digestion and support immunity. The trouble with probiotics in pet food is that they are “live cultures” and proper storage is required to keep them viable. In most cases, probiotics in pet food don’t survive the cooking process.
Prebiotics, on the other hand, are food for probiotics – generally, non-digestible fibers that ferment in the gut to form short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). By nourishing the good bacteria already present in your dog’s microbiome, prebiotics help stop the growth of bad bacteria.
The result is improved intestinal balance, healthy digestive function, and a strong immune system. Read more about probiotics and prebiotics in dog food.
Balanced nutrition for optimal health
Quality nutrition starts with wholesome ingredients like real meat and fresh fruits and vegetables. Your dog’s diet should provide the necessary blend of nutrients he needs for optimal health, inside and out.
Real animal protein is the foundation of a healthy diet for dogs and it should come from whole foods like fresh chicken and salmon. Fresh veggies and low-glycemic carbohydrates provide readily available sources of energy while fruits and other superfoods deliver antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
At Heed Foods, we blend science with natural ingredients in a holistic approach to pet nutrition.
Our recipes are made with high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, and high-fiber, low-glycemic carbohydrates to deliver balanced nutrition. Heed Foods are formulated for dogs of all life stages and supplemented with a proprietary blend of all-natural prebiotics like yeast extract, chicory root, and sunflower lecithin to promote a healthy microbiome.
Heed is made with the knowledge that a healthy gut makes for a healthy dog, and that’s all any pet owner really wants. Learn more about our premium kibble and order a sample for your dog to try.