Pet Food Probiotics
Are Essential Good Bacteria—Why?
by Keith Somers,
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Pet food probiotics have to be on everyone’s minds when considering the total health, happiness, and longevity of our pet companions. But what are probiotics anyway?
About three months ago I was visited by one of those pesky tiny “deer ticks”. He bit me! Since then I have been on three, four-week doses of antibiotics. I am combating diagnosed Lyme Disease. This bad bacteria is called borrelia burgdorferi.
Pet Food Probiotics
Focus on Good Bacteria
Unfortunately, antibiotics destroy good bacteria along with the bad. Hence in a time of aggressive antibiotics use, to the rescue comes probiotics (good bacteria) to enhance not only digestion, but immune function as well.
I am sure my great grandmother had never heard of “probiotics”. But, she did know the value of yogurt, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, clabbered milk, and yeast. All of them promote better digestive health.
Élie Metchnikoff first suggested the possibility of colonizing the gut with beneficial flora (probiotics), in 1907. He was a Russian scientist and Nobel prize winner working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
He wondered why the villagers living in the Caucasus Mountains of Bulgaria, lived so much longer than most of the rest of the Bulgarian population. He found that it was because they were drinking a fermented yoghurt drink on a daily basis. It was a probiotic called Lactobacillus bulgaricus. It seemed to have improved their health and longevity. Probiotics are good bacteria.
Leading scientists today are discovering many types of probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Bifidobacterium infantis. All of them have various properties and can have different healthy effects on the body.
Pet Food Probiotics Effect the
Health, Happiness, and Longevity of Our Pets
These “human” studies have now spilled over into the pet food probiotics industry. That’s good.
Veterinarians1 and nutritionists are still sorting out how probiotics work. At this point they believe that they can:
- Promote digestive health by blocking bad bacteria from establishing colonies.
- Produce substances that prevent infection; regulate inflammatory responses.
- Strengthen intestine mucus.
- Prevent and treat certain skin allergies and diseases.
- Enhance cellular homeostasis—a state of balance in the body.
- Maintain a healthy immune system.
- Produces antioxidants thus helping to prevent periodontal disease and “doggie breath”.
1“The Promise of Probiotics”, Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM, April 25, 2012, Life’s Abundance Newsletter.
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