Your animal’s gut health affects everything from his mood to his immune system, so it’s important to make it a priority! Follow these three steps to success.
As a pet parent, trying to figure out the best way to promote your dog or cat’s gut health can be overwhelming. There’s a lot of information circulating, and it’s difficult to know what method to follow. But a healthy gut is crucial to your pet’s overall well-being, affecting everything from his immune system to his mental health – so you shouldn’t let it fall by the wayside!
Dedicated to improving the lives of pets through natural, holistic nutrition, Solid Gold developed a 3-step gut health protocol that’s both comprehensive and easy to follow. Keep reading to learn how you can apply it to your own companions!
The first step to improving your animal’s gut health is to cleanse his system. To do this, Solid Gold recommends a diet packed with fiber-rich superfoods and prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in his digestive system, and antioxidants and phytonutrients to help him thrive.
Ingredients to look for: carrots, blueberries, pumpkin, cranberries and chicory root.
When the gut is in balance, good things happen! You can help balance your pet’s digestive system by feeding him a variety of active probiotics. These beneficial bacteria will work in conjunction with the prebiotics in your dog or cat’s diet to promote a healthy community of microflora – the bacteria and other organisms that live inside his intestines. Balanced microflora means better digestion, optimal nutrient absorption, and a flourishing environment for additional good bacteria to thrive.
Ingredients to look for: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Enterococcus faecium. They may sound like a mouthful but these probiotic strains prevent bad bacteria from inhabiting the gut and allow the good bacteria to flourish. Because not all bacteria are created equal, look for products with guaranteed living probiotics to ensure they can do their job when they reach your pet’s gut!
One of the best ways to promote healthy bacterial diversity in your dog’s gut is by feeding omega-3 fatty acids. Not only will these vital nutrients promote digestion and immune system health – they’ll also improve his energy levels, and deliver a boost of vitality to his coat and skin! Like all the nutrients listed in steps one and two, essential fatty acids are a necessary component of your animal’s daily meals.
Ingredients to look for: salmon oil, pollock, ocean fish and eggs.
Following these three simple steps will help support your pet’s gut while simultaneously aiding in his mood, mental health, skin and coat, immune system, and more! If you have questions or concerns, ask your veterinarian if your animal has any specific nutritional needs, or visit solidgoldpet.com/gut-health for more information.[adning id=”35512″]
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