Prebiotics for Dogs: Benefits and Risks
by Pet Qwerks Toys on April 14, 2019
Prebiotics are fibers that include non-digestible food ingredients that nourish probiotic bacteria in your dog’s gut. They are non-digestible food ingredients that benefit your dog selectively by stimulating natural growth of bacteria that are essential for digestion.
- Prebiotics improve immune system and support the growth of probiotics which helps reduce bad bacteria under control in your dog’s gut. Beet pulp and garlic are natural forms of prebiotics and can easily be made a part of your dog’s diet.
- Prebiotics can be combined with all kinds of diets including pet food and homemade food. They can also be given as prebiotic supplements.
- Research has shown that when dogs are given prebiotics in ample amounts, they are less likely to get GI upsets and diarrhea.
- Feeding probiotics to pregnant women causes them to provide enhanced immune protection to puppies via colostrum and milk.
Risks and downsides:
- It is better to introduce prebiotics in your dog’s diet gradually to avoid sudden stomach upsets and diarrhea.
- If your dog is already experiencing GI upset, it may not be a very good idea to give your dog prebiotics as it may aggravate the issue. If your dog has IBD or IBS, try to avoid giving them prebiotics.
- Prebiotics in large amounts may also end up in excessive flatulence and loose stool.
- Make sure your dog drinks plenty of water with prebiotics especially insoluble fibers.