Top 4 Ways to add probiotics to your dog’s diet without buying supplements
I’m often asked, “should I be giving my dog probiotics and if so, which supplement should I choose?”
The answer to the first part is easy…
Probiotics are a great addition particularly if you’re feeding a commercially prepared kibble diet. Despite label claims, commercial diets are sometimes deceptively high in carbohydrates, low in protein, and often contain ingredients of questionable quality.
Back to the question, “how do I know which supplement to choose?”
That’s a little trickier to answer. Whether for humans or animals, probiotics are delicate little molecules. They are sensitive to temperature, moisture and exposure to air. Several studies have demonstrated that many commercially available supplements lose most (if not all) of their active ingredients by the time they are purchased and/or used.
That’s not to say that all probiotic supplement formulas are bad. It’s just important to understand what can go wrong so you can make an informed decision. Good quality probiotics are not cheap. And even high quality probiotic supplements can go south if they are miss-handled in the manufacturing, packaging, or shipping process, sit in a hot warehouse, or hang out on the shelf too long.
While there are some awesome products on the market, you might want to consider something a lot less expensive, more bioavailable, and easy to do at home. Luckily, it turns out a lot of foods are naturally high in probiotics and can easily be incorporated into your dog’s diet. So, let’s lean how to add probiotics for pennies a day. In this guide, learn about fermented vegetables, goat milk, sprouted seeds and kefir as highly bioavailable sources of probiotics, most of which can be made at home and incorporated into your dogs diet.
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