Hopefully, the new year is shaping up to be a pawsome one for you and especially your furry fave! Sure, maybe your pup can't comprehend what years actually are... but that's because they're too busy being the coolest dog in the world, right?
To keep Fido feeling zesty in 2022, the best place to start is none other than their tummy – and no, we don't just mean with yummy food and dog treats! Instead, we're here to share three ways you can support your doggy's digestive system and general gut health.
Let's get started!
1. Try a Probiotic Pill Wrap for Your Pup's Meds. Some canine companions need a little extra TLC when it comes to their well-being, which may require periodic or even permanent medications.
But, let's face it. Sometimes, giving dogs their medication is anything but easy, and they typically dread it as much as we do. So, if you're one of those dog parents that go to battle with your pup to swallow a bulky pill or tablet, we definitely relate!
That's why we recommend trying a yummy probiotic pill wrap for dogs to help their medication go down easier. Not only is it a tasty time-saver, but probiotics also maintain proper gut and immune balance that may be lost from taking certain meds. Just scoop, wrap it around the pill, and give it to your pup!
2. A "Splash" of Probiotics, Please! While we're on the subject of probiotics for dogs, there are even more cool ways to introduce them to your doggy's diet.
Most dog parents assume that the only way to give dogs probiotics is through a soft chew or tablet. But, as you noticed from our first tip, that's not exactly true. So much so, that there's also a delicious liquid probiotic supplement for dogs that you can try as well!
All it takes is a few teaspoons to help your dog get the probiotic support they desire for GI health and gut flora. Plus, its bone broth base makes it so paw-lickin' good that Fido might not want to wait for it to reach their bowl! A liquid-based probiotic supplement might also be a helpful alternative for dogs that experience difficulty chewing.
3. Digestive... AND Dental Support?! Speaking of teeth, what if your pup not only chews with ease, but also enjoys things like rawhide bones and dental sticks? If that sounds like your four-legged friend, we have something worth sinking their teeth into!
To simultaneously support your dog's gut and periodontal health, these tasty sticks are the way to go. These sticks are packed with the good stuff to provide tail-waggingly awesome support for digestion, immune function, and even their teeth and gums! Quite a combination, don't you think?
Don't get us wrong, soft chews are still an awesome option to support your pup's gut health. But, if you also want to give Fido a fun little project to chomp away at, these sticks are sure to keep them occupied, entertained, and most of all... happy!
If you have any comments or questions about dog probiotics, feel free to tell us below.
When it comes to feeding our dogs, there are a number of sources, blogs, and opinions about what is best for your pup. To avoid the information getting lost in translation, I will debunk a few food myths while helping you steer away from foods that are toxic for dogs.
First and foremost, "toxic" foods do not necessarily mean that those foods will be lethal to your dog, but the symptoms can range anywhere from mild discomfort to severe poisoning. The amount that your dog ingests is also a huge factor contributing to the toxic effects it will have on your dog.
Three Red flag foods
Let’s focus first on the human food that dogs should avoid to prevent the deadliest consequences. Chocolate and Xylitol are the two of the most important foods to avoid, but certain fruits can also be dangerous.
1. Chocolate has an ingredient called theobromine in it that affects the heart, leads to increased heart rates and arrhythmias, and can result in cardiac arrest and/or a fatality.
2. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that, in very small doses, causes deadly low blood sugar in dogs and liver failure.
3. Grapes (and dried grapes or raisins) are another big no-no to avoid with dogs, since ingestion of the fruit can cause sudden kidney failure and lead to the dog’s death.
High-fat Foods = Tummy Troubles Ahead
You may crave those delicious high-fat foods, but they can make your dog pretty sick! Before letting fido finish your fries, you should be aware of the consequences that can range from serious gastrointestinal upset such as diarrhea and vomiting, to death.
Other specific food questions
Greek Yogurt: What about trendy human foods? People have asked if Greek yogurt is safe for dogs? Yes, I’ve seen many dog parents that put 2-3 spoonfuls of Greek yogurt on their dog’s food. Greek yogurt is full of good probiotics and is healthy for dogs to eat. But if your dog has issues with any lactose products, Greek yogurt may upset their stomach. But in most cases, dogs can eat a small amount of Greek yogurt mixed into their dog food.
Potatoes: I get asked about feeding potatoes to pups and if raw potatoes are toxic for dogs. In short, raw potatoes are not good for dogs. Why not?
Raw potatoes contain toxins such as solanine and chaconine which are compounds that are toxic to dogs. Solanine is a cholinesterase inhibitor that prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter. Chaconine is a compound that causes irritation to the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system. These two toxins also affect the way the body’s organs metabolize things and lead to a buildup of even more toxins in the dog’s body.