Does Your Dog Have Gastrointestinal Issues?

by Dana Grove November 01, 2016

Disorders that impact the gastrointestinal system are actually quite common in dogs.  While some, like Colitis, can be identified, others are not specifically recognized.

Gastrointestinal disorders can appear in dogs of any age, gender or breed – and the symptoms can range in frequency from sporadic to daily.  If your dog suffers from digestive problems, he may experience issues with flatulence or weight management, both of which can include belly pain as well.  Most notably, digestive issues in dogs lead to abnormal bowel function, which can range from constipation to loose stool or diarrhea.

One of the problems that pet owners face when dealing with a dog who has gastrointestinal problems is that finding a solution often involves changing the diet or management with long term medication.  This can be a stressful trial-and-error process, as these potential solutions can actually result in more problems.   In addition, most pet owners are encouraged to try these “solutions” during a trial period that can last several months., This means that owners may be dealing with unpleasant clean-ups for a long time!

There is a lot of evidence that probiotics are beneficial for animals suffering from gastrointestinal issues.   You’ve probably heard that adding a probiotic like yogurt to your dog’s diet can help with digestive issues.   Probiotics are living food supplements that are sensitive to the acid in the digestive tract. Their effectiveness is directly affected by their ability to survive the process of traveling to the colon, where they contribute to the healthy bacterial ecosystem living there. 

Prebiotics are much more valuable in balancing the microflora in the gut because they are not living organisms.  They actually resist digestion, enabling them to easily travel through the digestive tract. Upon reaching the colon, they act as a source of food for the healthy microflora already living there.   Instead of adding a single strain of live bacteria to the colon, they work by feeding many types of healthy bacteria that live there.

If you have a pet that suffers from gastrointestinal distress, adding anything to your dog’s diet is always a little nerve-wrecking, as you know that a change in diet is a gamble that can sometimes have results worse than maintaining the status quo.  Many pet owners are concerned about supplementing their pet’s diet with products that contain things like dairy, soy or animal digest because these things have the potential to cause further digestive issues.

MSPeubiotic® is a prebiotic with the added benefits of being grain-free, gluten-free, and it contains no dairy, soy, animal proteins or GMOs.  MSPeubiotic®is natural, odorless and tasteless – and can be easily added to your dog’s food.  Even with a safe product like this, slowly introducing MSPeubiotic® to your dog’s diet can ease the adjustment for pets with gastrointestinal disorders.

Aside from balancing the digestive system in dogs struggling with gastrointestinal distress, a prebiotic can also benefit your dog in other ways.   Those suffering from digestive disorders often have additional problems ranging from a compromised immune system to allergies – and prebiotics can reduce symptoms in dogs with these issues too!

If you are looking for a natural way to help reduce gastrointestinal distress, a slow introduction of prebiotics like MSPeubiotic® can make a world of difference!

Dana Grove
Dana Grove