Before your alarm can go off, you’re awakened by dozens of tiny kisses fluttering across your face. Opening your eyes, you push away four paws and the wet snout that has made its way up your nostril. Despite your feigned annoyance, you love the personalized wake-up call. There’s something about seeing the unconditional love in your dog’s expressive eyes that always brightens your morning.
After you pour your pup some kibble and give him a good scratch behind the ears, you decide against your usual breakfast of yogurt and granola. Lately, dairy hasn’t really been agreeing with you, so you’ve decided to cut down your intake and see if it makes you feel better.
As humans, we have the luxury of modifying our diets. If we think something may be negatively impacting our mood or health, we can do some research and substitute it for something better suited to our personalized needs.
This isn’t true for our furry friends, who rely solely on our good judgment to make sure they’re happy, healthy, and well cared for. While your canine companion may the best at knowing when you need a little extra love, but they’re not great at figuring out what they should and shouldn’t be eating. After all, how many times have we caught our dog happily gnawing on a frozen poopicle or a new pair of shoes? But what our dogs DO eat drastically impacts their health, mood, personality, and even life expectancy, which is why it’s our responsibility to make sure we’ve properly informed ourselves about what foods are good for our dogs health and why it’s important.
The majority of your dog’s microbes are found in their digestive system, and are impacted by what they consume. While microbes may sound like a bad thing, they’re actually essential to your pupper’s wellbeing. Microbes in the digestive system protect against pathogens and toxins, that make up an important part of a dog’s immune system. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue, which is found in the mucous membrane of your dog’s intestinal tract, actually works very closely with microbes and is thought to form up to 90% of a dog’s immune system.
Not only are microbes basically keeping your dog from getting sick, they’re also affecting mood by communicating through nerves and hormones. You know how you sometimes feel crabby because you haven’t been eating right? Your dog probably gets that feeling too, except they can’t just open the pantry to fix the problem.
Our pets can’t tell us what they need verbally, but fortunately there’s a way for you to find out yourself. GutChek for pets tests your pooch’s DNA using a small sample of their body hair so it can deliver a report identifying any issues they are having, and outline exactly which foods to avoid, or supplement, in their diet.
Don’t let your dog suffer in silence, give them a voice capable of communicating exactly what they need.
Dog microbes article: https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/dysbiosis-in-dogs-causes/