Talking About Tummy Troubles
By Tracey at A-OK9
There are certain times of year where we might allow ourselves to overindulge a little. Rich food, continual snacking and the occasional cheeky beverage. The repercussions might have us reaching into the medicines cabinet, but what about our dogs? Granted, they won’t be experiencing the same culinary delights as us, but they too can occasionally get a bit of a dodgy tummy. They may have had a treat or a chew that doesn’t agree with them. Or maybe their tummy is a bit sensitive? Perhaps a sudden change in routine has accelerated their digestive system and, without being too graphic, led to their stools being less firm than normal.
How can we safely help them?
You may have heard about the gut microbiome. Essentially there’s a whole ecosystem of microorganisms in our gut which assists digestion, protects against undesirable bacteria and supports the immune system . A healthy person needs a healthy microbiome, and dogs are no different. A change in the balance of the microorganisms, whether due to stress, infection or a reaction to food, can cause a digestive upset leading to symptoms like diarrhoea.
For many years certain foods have been used by humans in foods such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and cheese to help with gut health. These foods contain probiotics which are gut-friendly microorganisms that actually provide a health benefit when consumed.
Studies have shown that dogs also receive a health benefit from probiotics by improving the composition and function of the gut microbiota and reducing the abundance of opportunistic pathogenic bacteria [2, 3]. This means probiotics and are particularly effective in resolving diarrhoea.
However, while probiotics used for humans are not harmful to dogs, they do not offer the same benefits as a dog-specific supplement. And you would also need to check that the human foods don’t contain additional ingredients, such as xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
A designed-for-dogs rescue probiotic!
The great news is Rescue-K9 has been developed especially for dogs with an upset tummy. It has not one, but two key gut microbiome stabilisers. It acts quickly and provides veterinary strength gut and stool support.
And that’s not all!
Rescue-K9 also contains prebiotics, which feed and encourage the growth of the friendly probiotics . Prebiotics also have a direct effect on the cells of the digestive tract. Not only do they provide an energy source, they improve the gut surface area to increase absorption of nutrients and they have anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. So it’s the complete canine gut rescue package!