Gut 101

Gut 101

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Your dog’s digestive system makes up 70% of his immune system, so a healthy gut is crucial for a healthy pup.

The microbiome, the mini-ecosystem of bacteria found in your dog’s gut, helps him absorb nutrients efficiently.

Benefits of a healthy gut include: protection against disease and infection, maintaining a healthy weight and ensuring better behavior.

The key to a healthy microbiome is ensuring the perfect balance between good and bad bacteria, so the right diet is essential.

In recent years, pet owners and veterinary experts have discovered that rather than simply dealing with digestion, the gastrointestinaI tract in dogs is also closely linked to a long list of other bodily systems and functions. In fact, your dog’s digestive system makes up an astonishing 70 percent of his immune system, so a healthy gut is crucial for a healthy pup.

“your dog’s digestive system makes up an astonishing 70 percent of his immune system”

And to better understand just how your dog’s digestive system can affect his overall health, you need to wrap your head around something called the microbiome.

WHAT IS THE MICROBIOME?

The microbiome is the mini-ecosystem of bacteria found in your dog’s stomach, small intestine and large intestine. While we often think of bacteria as the bad guys – thanks largely to pathogenic nasties like E. coli and Salmonella – most bacteria don’t actually make us sick. In reality, the trillions of microbes in your dog’s gut play several vital roles to help him stay as healthy as possible.

This microsystem of  “good” bacteria doesn’t just break down food to ensure that your dog can absorb nutrients efficiently and get all the vitamins and minerals he needs to stay happy and healthy. It also helps protect him from disease and prevents harmful toxins entering his bloodstream. In fact, the microbiome is so important that it’s sometimes referred to as "the forgotten organ".

“the microbiome is so important it’s sometimes referred to as “the forgotten organ””

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Your dog’s body is a complex machine and his gastrointestinal tract sits at the heart of it all. The healthier your dog’s gut microbiome, the healthier he’ll be overall.


But what are some of the specific benefits of a healthy gut? Here are a few of the highlights:

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The trillions of good bacteria in your dog’s gut make up the largest immune organ in the body, providing 70% of his total immune system function.

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The good bacteria in your dog’s gut form a protective barrier to stop toxins, harmful bacteria, allergens and other nasties passing through into the bloodstream.

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56% of dogs in the USA are overweight or obese. A healthy gut efficiently absorbs nutrients and helps your dog stay in a healthy weight range.

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Studies have shown that gut bacteria can communicate with the brain via chemical messages and influence emotions, potentially increasing or reducing levels of anxious and aggressive behavior.

What can I do to help my dog’s gut?

The key to a healthy microbiome is ensuring the right balance between good and bad bacteria. While there are several factors that can throw this balance out, including everything from eating rotten food to emotional stress, the right diet is vital for a healthy gut. 

“The key to a healthy microbiome is ensuring the right balance between good and bad bacteria. At Heed Foods, we believe that maintaining a healthy gut is the key to everything.”

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At Heed, we believe a healthy gut is the key to everything. That’s why our premium blends have been developed by expert pet nutritionists to promote a thriving gut and help set your dog up for a long and happy life.