Dog Gut Health; Why It is Important

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We do so much for our dogs such as give them a cuddly place to sleep (many times our bed), long walks and lots of treats. Did you know that taking care of your dog’s gut health is one of the most important things you can do?

The foundation of both human and your dog’s health starts with the gut. The majority of the immune system is in the gut. The gastrointestinal tract prevents toxins and bad bacteria from entering your bloodstream. Also, it absorbs important nutrients from the food we eat and supplements we take. There are trillions of microbiomes in the gut called the gut microbiome.

 What is the gut microbiome?

dog gut health

Just like you all animals have a gut microbiome which comprises bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa. The collection of this genetic material in the GI Tract is called the gut microbiome. Each animal has their own unique gut microbiome which was passed down to them from their mother at birth.

The microbiome supports

  • bone and joint health
  • good energy levels
  • stress reduction
  • eases upset stomach
  • weight management
  • healthy immune system 

An imbalance in your dog’s gut may include

  • tear stains
  • unhealthy coat
  • bad breath
  • anxiety
  • behavioral issues
  • low energy levels
  • itchy skin
  • diarrhea
  • gas

What causes a gut microbiome imbalance?

It can be caused by antibiotics, stress, vaccinations, dietary changes, eating foods that dogs should not eat, aging, and unhealthy things found in the environment.

How to know if your dog has a gut microbiome imbalance?

The best way to know this is to get a gut microbiome test specifically for pets.

How to correct a gut microbiome imbalance?

The best way is to get a probiotic specifically for pets. Speak to your veterinarian regarding which brands they recommend for a gut microbiome test and also which probiotic. Probiotics take from a day up to 6 weeks to start noticing a difference, so give it time. We recommend probiotics that come in a powder which can be put on their food, so it’s easy for them to digest. The most convenient option are probiotic chews. Your dog will think they are treats. What dog doesn’t love treats! Continue to give your dog probiotics daily to help improve their health for the rest of their lives. 


About The Author

Performance Dog Wheelchairs wants you to know that physical limitations are not the end to mobility. Our purpose is to give others and their dogs the ability to seek new adventures and overcome physical challenges with one of our dog wheelchairs.

A dog wheelchair is also referred to as a handicap dog cart or wheels for handicap dogs. One of the common needs is for hip dysplasia. Our dog wheelchairs are for small and large breeds. Some of the breeds who commonly use our dog wheelchairs are a Dachshund (weiner dog or sausage dog), French Bulldog, Bulldog, Boxer Dog and a Pug Dog.

We offer a full support dog wheelchair which is also referred to as a dog quad wheelchair or four wheel dog wheelchair, a dog wheelchair for back legs and the patented SitGo Dog Wheelchair. This is the only one that allows your dog to go from standing to sitting without having to remove it.


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