Dysbiosis – Commonly Overlooked Pet Health Risk
Dysbiosis is often defined as an imbalance of gut bacteria – too few friendly bacteria and too many opportunistic or pathogenic (bad) bacteria and increases pet health risk in many areas. Leaky gut syndrome is defined as the inability of the intestinal lining to prevent undigested food particles or potentially toxic organisms from passing into the bloodstream. A healthy and strong gut is probably the most important aspect to your pets health. Often overlooked by vets, we must take control over our own pets today to get real lasting results.
Dysbiosis and “leaky gut” are two names for the same disorder. However, definitions for each are somewhat different, which makes things unnecessarily confusing. Dysbiosis is a major concern for increasing many pet health risks.
The gut also contains pathogenic “bad” bacteria, such as E. coli. When the balance of good and bad bacteria goes awry, animals can experience a myriad of digestive disturbances, including bloating, constipation or diarrhea, as well as abdominal cramping, surface erosions, and ulcers. But the relationship between gut bacteria and health extends far beyond the digestive system.
For example, gut microflora serves as a significant barrier to infection from outside pathogens, increasing pet health risks and preventing unwanted invaders such as food toxins, toxic chemicals, bad bacteria and fungi from entering our systems.
Dysbiosis in pets is more often acknowledged by holistic veterinarians than by the traditional veterinary community. Holistic and integrative vets believe the consequences of dysbiosis in the pet population are just as significant and devastating as in humans.
Fortunately, you can reduce this major pet health risk and help keep your pet’s gut in tip-top shape by giving him probiotics.
Probiotics are live, beneficial bacteria. When ingested in sufficient numbers, probiotics colonize in the gut, thereby supplementing the existing beneficial microflora.
Probiotics can reduce many pet health risk and provide many health benefits in pets, including:
- Aid in digestion
- Assist with food transitioning
- Boost the immune system
- Help manage stress colitis
- Prevent and manage diarrhea
- Prevent overgrowth of “bad” bacteria in the gut
- Promote overall intestinal health
- Reduce inflammation
- Replace “good” bacteria destroyed by antibiotics
The problem with Toxins
Our pet’s bodies are not designed to handle nor eliminate today’s many toxins – so they build up in our pet’s bodies and organs. If your pet health risk and symptoms are a concern, to really help our pets we need to reduce the amounts of toxins they’re exposed to while reducing their body burden. The problem is the slow chronic accumulation and buildup. Unfortunately for our pets, most Vets are completely unaware as to the damage this insidious toxic exposure has on our pets. In fact, the ingredients in many of the flea & tick products allowed for use on pets are linked to serious health issues in people, such as cancer and neurological and respiratory problems. Toxins will accumulate (bio-accumulate) for years until a point is reached when the amounts are such that they start to affect the whole body, particularly those with weakened immune systems.