Probiotics Support Good Digestion And Strong Immune Function
Proper digestion is dependent upon bacterial micro-flora. A good balance of beneficial bacteria aids digestion and improves immune function. In fact, the immune system is strongly dependent on good bowel function, and diverse and thriving microflora ensure excellent bowel function.
Excessive starches and grain in a dog’s diet cause carbohydrate fermentation. This creates an imbalance of the micro-flora in the bowels. The result is flatulence. Excessive use of antibiotics can also cause this problem.To counter this problem, you must supplement your dogs diet with probiotics.
It is important to note that dairy products will also cause flatulence in dogs. This includes yogurt, so don’t make the mistake of giving your dog yogurt in an effort to increase probiotics and micro-flora. Instead, see your vet for recommendation of proper probiotic supplementation.
A Chiropractor Or A Physical Therapist May Be Able To Help Your Dog
You may be surprised to know that your dog’s digestion may benefit from chiropractic treatments. Some vets offer chiropractic treatments, and conversely, some chiropractors treat pets. Adjustment to the intervertebral space located just past your dogs last rib can be very beneficial. This is the 13th intervertebral space. Other crucial areas that should be checked are L4,L6,L7 and T 13.
Some Dog Breeds Have Poor Digestion
You should be aware of the fact that it is possible to do everything right and still have a flatulent dog. This is because some breeds simply are prone to having digestive problems. Herding dogs specifically tend to have weak digestive systems because they have been selectively bred to have a low appetite. Some examples of these gassy dogs are:
* Burmese Mountain Dogs* German Shepherds* Border Collies* Poodles
Even if you do have a dog that is predisposed to poor digestion, following the advice presented here will help reduce the problem.
Patience And Persistence Will Pay off
Caring for a gassy dog that suffers from poor digestion can be frustrating and difficult. It can also take quite a bit of time to devise just the right combination of diet, supplements and treatments to address the problem. You can take heart in the knowledge that good research and consistent implementation will go far to resolve the issue and help you and your dog enjoy a happier life together.