Just like us, our pets need proper nutrition in order to stay healthy. While the majority of your pet’s nutrition comes from quality pet food. There are several supplements you can add to your pet’s daily diet that will ensure a healthy life. One vital supplement that is very easy to include in your pet’s diet is probiotics.
What are Probiotics and How Do They Help My Pet?
Probiotics are bacteria that naturally live in digestive systems. Just like us, our pets have bacteria in their digestive system. Hopefully, the majority of the bacteria in your pet’s digestive system is healthy disease-fighting bacteria. However, we know that that is not always the case. If you have an outdoor or semi-outdoor cat that hunts, you know that not everything they catch should be eaten. Not to mention a dog who will find any way to eat everything he shouldn’t.
While our pet’s have a fairly robust digestive system due all of their exploratory eating, we can help them maintain a balanced digestive system by providing probiotics that encourage healthy bacteria. Probiotics have also been shown to help if your pet suffers from an upset stomach. Whether your pet ate something it shouldn’t have, or is on medication that causes stomach problems, probiotics can help restore the health and balance. This is especially great when young pets go in for vaccines, or when older pets begin to show signs of a weakened immune system.
Where to Find Probiotics
There are many ways you can give your pets probiotics. One way is through a powder or chew. According to our customers, pets love the flavor, anticipating the probiotics like treats!
Another great way to get probiotics in your pet’s diet is through plain yogurt. Stonyfield makes an excellent plain yogurt that the whole family can enjoy. Be sure you get plain yogurt if your furry friends are going to enjoy the healthy snack. There is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, so your pets will just get the healthy benefits of plain yogurt. While it’s true that adult cats are lactose intolerant and shouldn’t have dairy products, plain yogurt is completely healthy for them thanks to the probiotics!
As the weather gets warmer, plain yogurt is a great way to give your pets a healthy treat. I can say from experience, our dogs LOVE licking the inside of Stonyfield yogurt containers! In the summer they have so much fun chasing frozen ice cubes of yogurt around the backyard!
It’s super easy to make a healthy probiotic filled frozen treat! Just take a ice cube tray and spoon a dollop of yogurt in each compartment. Freeze the tray for at least 4 hours and your furry friends will have a delicious way to cool off this summer! This treat is also completely suitable to kids (and adults!). You can try adding little things to the yogurt before freezing like blueberries or apple pieces. I would also recommend placing the yogurt cubes in a bowl if you want to contain the mess!
Probiotics are an easy way to ensure to your pet maintains a healthy and balanced digestive system. Hopefully we gave you some suggestions that you can easily incorporate into your pet’s diet.