Prebiotics For Pets
The New Pet Food Ingredient
If you have noticed lately, the new trend in the pet food industry has to do with Prebiotics. This is because more pet owners are demanding more "natural" pet foods that increase their pet's health.
What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are natural ingredients that help to promote healthy digestion. It does this by providing nutrition for "Good Bacteria." The more Good bacteria there are, the less Bad bacteria that can hang out in the gut. Good bacteria are found naturally in the digestive tract and help to break down food.
An amazing 70% of a pet's immune system can be found in the digestive tract, which is another big reason to help feed Good bacteria and crowd out Bad bacteria.
Prebiotics vs. Probiotics?
So what s the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics? Probiotics are actually good bacteria (prebiotics is what we feed them). Probiotics have been clinically proven to help pets with digestive functions and diarrhea.
Prostora Max is an example of a popular probiotic supplement that have been clinically proven to help resolve dog diarrhea 2.5 days faster than a placebo.
How Does It Work?
Prebiotics are naturally occurring fibers that resist digestive breakdown, but can be fermented by bacteria found in the digestive tracts of dogs and cats. FOS (Fructooligosaccharide) is a specific prebiotic used for energy for good bacteria.
When Is It Recommended?
To help keep a pet's immune system strong
Which Pet Food Brands Have Prebiotics?
Most major pet food companies now have some form of prebiotics in their foods; companies like Purina, Iams, and Eukanuba.
Prebiotics and Humans
As an interesting side note, in humans prebiotics have been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer and irritable bowel disorders like Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. It has also been shown to increase the absorption of some minerals.
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