Why Does The Gut Biome Matter?

Why Does Food Matter?

What you put in your best friends belly matters for a variety of reasons. Let's start with gut biomes. What exactly is the gut biome? Simplified, it is the control center of digestion and resistance to pathogens. It contains microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and archaea. All of these contribute to our health and your best friends health. 

Back when our furry children foraged for their own food, digestion was regulated naturally in their habitats. Today, with their natural progression to household pets, we have introduced foreign matter and objects into their lives and bodies. With this comes increased exposure to chemicals and pathogens that we have created or carry. And with this comes susceptibility to their environment, natural or artificial.

So how can we help offset some common signs of gut biome irregularity like poop issues, itchy skin, hot spots, dry skin, and so many more? Well the answer is not complicated even though the big guys want you to think it is. Everyone wants their piece of the multi-billion dollar pet industry and some will sell anything regardless of merit. We don't. So what we are saying today matters to the health of your pup, not our cash registers.

The simplest thing you can do to help your pup is probiotics! And I don't mean human ones or spray on synthetics. I mean honest to goodness real, what you could eat, probiotics. No matter the diet (which we will discuss in a future blog), adding a ground plant-based probiotic to a pet's diet is by the far the quickest thing you can do to help your pet start to heal. One of the best on the market is Carna4  Flora4 Ground Sprouted Seed Live Probiotic. I am serious when I say we could add to our shakes or soups. This powder not only starts the process of healing your pets gut, but it also makes a meal almost complete, if you are making your own pets food. Yes we carry this product and we would love for you to buy this from us, however we just want you to look into it and start using it in daily feeds!

Check out their ingredients. I need to eat like this!

Flora4 Original ingredients: 100% raw ground USDA organic sprouted barley, flax, green and red lentil seeds. 

Flora4 Greens Plus ingredients: 100% raw ground USDA organic sprouted broccoli, pea, sunflower, chia and pumpkin seeds.

Simply add the recommended amount to your pets breakfast or dinner and mix in and watch as symptoms of gassiness, soft stools, irregular stools, itchy skin and even cat hairballs start to improve. But with results comes the need for consistency. This is a daily, maintenance add in to food. If stopped symptoms can reappear. So for today, our advice...probiotics are the first step in helping your furry loved one live a better life with you.

Next time on our blog: What is Kibble and How Is It Produced?