When it comes to handling and caring for pets, all they need is some time from you, lots of love and some care. While it is easy to keep a track of timely vaccinations and the food provided, the essential nutrients need to be taken care of in order to ensure your dog leads a healthy, happy and long life. Dog food alone cannot provide for all the essential enzymes and probiotics recommended for dogs.
Probiotics are nutrients that are designed to nourish and promote the growth of good bacteria in the colon. The gut of your pet consists of some bacteria that are good for their digestive system and are already present in the gut.
Some of these are –
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Enterococcus faecium
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Lactobacillus casei
- Bifidobacterium breve
Lack of these bacteria can affect digestion of the dogs and hence, these are rendered important for your pet.
Food and capsules containing these bacteria are easily available. So, the next time your dog has digestion troubles or an upset tummy, you know he/she needs probiotic supplements along with a balanced diet.
Digestive enzymes are responsible for every metabolic reaction that takes place in your pet’s body, whether it is the movement of limbs or the functioning of their liver.
Apart from the enzymes present in dog food, there are certain enzymes that are part of a dog’s digestive system. These are present only in finite quantities and need to be replenished from time to time for the smooth functioning of their digestive systems.
The digestive enzymes are used up faster during some illnesses, extreme weather conditions or strenuous exercise.
Considering the fact that dogs are incapable of taking care of themselves, we should take care that probiotics and digestive enzymes are duly included as a part of their meals.
Providing them regularly and in the right dosage is essential for our canine friends to be in the best of their health.