Conversations about gut health and the implications it has on our overall well being have seemingly intensified over the last decade. The term ‘microbiome’ refers to the multitude of bacteria, both good and bad, which reside in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) - otherwise known as the gut. It is critical for humans and dogs alike to maintain a healthy microbiome as bacterial imbalances can lead to a wide range of complications from mental health issues to poor absorption of nutrients. Studies show that the number of microbiome-associated disorders in dogs is trending upwards. The main two reasons for this being today’s commercial pet food diets and lifestyle choices (antimicrobial cleaners, lack of exercise etc.).
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are the good bacteria which live in the digestive tract. These billions of microorganisms work within the gastrointestinal tract to balance out the harmful bacteria in order to reduce risk of illness and disease.
Some of the key tasks that they assist with include:
- Supporting food digestion and assimilation of vitamins, minerals and nutrients
- Strengthening immune system by reducing inflammation in the digestive tract
- Improving cognitive function and dental health by inhibiting the growth and spread of harmful bacteria to these areas within the body
It is recommended that dog owners incorporate probiotics into their pet’s diet to promote and maintain a balance of microbiomes in the GI tract. Ideally our dogs should be able to achieve this naturally, however, this balance can be disrupted during times of illness, stress, malnutrition etc.
Symptoms of poor gut health in dogs:
- Diarrhea and loose bowel movements
- Excessive gas and bloating
- Loss of appetite and vomiting
- Irregular shedding and scratching
How does TRATEZ help?
TRATEZ Naturally Sourced Probiotic Supplements for dogs have been carefully crafted through veterinarian research. Each soft chew is loaded with Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and Bacillus Coagulans - two agents which encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the GI tract to improve microbiome imbalances and promote better overall gut health.