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10 Foods That Support Your Dog’s Gut Health



A healthy gut is by far the key to a happy and healthy dog. It’s essential for healthy digestion, absorption of essential nutrients, elimination of toxins, strong immune function and healthy skin. Considering that 70% of your dog’s immune system is in the gut, an imbalance can do much more than simply cause a sick tummy, it can lead to nutrient deficiencies, liver problems, allergies, skin issues, and a range of diseases.


A raw or fresh balanced diet has been scientifically proven to be the most effective way to maintain gut and overall health. Here are 10 fresh foods to add to your dog’s bowl that are especially good for supporting a healthy gut.


1. Blueberries


Blueberries are a great source of nutrients including antioxidants and fibre which supports healthy digestion. They also have anti-inflammatory properties which helps to reduce swelling and ease an upset tummy.


2. Kefir


Kefir contains a range of vitamins and minerals for overall health, as well as probiotics to help balance the gut biome by regulating the production of digestive enzymes. Kefir also reduces inflammation in the digestive system making it a great preventative for digestive upsets.


3. Bone Broth


Jam packed with vitamins and minerals, bone broth is a super healthy addition to your dog’s diet. A terrific source of protein, collagen, glycine and glucosamine, bone broth is a great way to strengthen the gut lining and reduce inflammation.


4. Sweet Potato


Sweet potato contains a plethora of nutrients and is particularly high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation and support gut health. It’s also a good source of fibre which helps maintain good digestion and healthy bowel movements.


5. Chia Seeds


Besides being a great source of omega 3’s for healthy skin and coat, chia seeds are full of fibre, protein, antioxidants and much more, for a healthy gut and general wellbeing.


6. Pumpkin


A good source of vitamins A, C and E plus potassium and iron, pumpkin is also full of fibre and great for healthy digestion, as well as easing diarrhoea and constipation.


7. Apple Cider Vinegar


Filled with good bacteria and acetic acid, apple cider vinegar can help balance the Ph level of your dog’s gut, making it more difficult for harmful bacteria to thrive, and aiding nutrient absorption.


8. Garlic


Garlic contains antimicrobial properties which can help to protect your dog from harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is also said to contain prebiotic fibre which supports the growth of good bacteria and helps to balance the gut biome.


9. Banana


A great source of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins C and B6, potassium and more, banana (especially green banana) fibre acts as a prebiotic, supporting beneficial bacteria and overall gut balance, as well as healthy stools. Bananas are also anti-inflammatory and have calmative properties which can help ease a tummy upset.


10. Yogurt


Contains essential nutrients such as protein, calcium, and probiotics, promoting good bacteria for healthy digestive and immune systems. Natural Greek yogurt is the healthiest option, as it does not contain sugar or sweeteners like most yogurts.

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