Boxer Dogs & Colitis or Stomach Issues

Did you know Boxer dogs are at an increased risk of gastro issues? Clinicians have been studying Boxer dogs with colitis since 1978!

In the link above it states: The current thinking on why inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is more often seen in Boxer dogs than other breeds of dogs are:

  • The environment (toxins in air/earth)
  • The dog’s intestinal microbiota (gut bacteria and other microorganisms)
  • Genetic weakness of the breed or dog

Studies show a genetic weakness for a faulty bacterial health in Boxer dogs with colitis. The system that identifies bad bacteria in body does not function in Boxer’s with IBD. Like humans a microbial imbalance is the source of the malfunction in cat and dog IBD. Common changes are; more unfavorable organisms and less favorable organisms. This indicates that these groups of favorable organisms, play a role in supporting intestinal health.

These favorable bacteria produce important short-chain fatty acids (acetate, butyrate, and propionate). They play an important role in intestinal health and we can increase these health-promoting acids by giving more fiber to our dogs to eat.

Why We Added Prebiotics to Profauna Pet Probiotics
Prebiotics are fermentable dietary compounds that result in changes in the activity of the organisms in your gut. Prebioitcs are beneficial to pet health.
Prebiotics are in dog and cat supplements or food as fiber. As pet parents we add prebiotics to our pet's diet, they then travel throughout the dog's body. Some of these fibers break down in the last part of the dog's gut called the colon. This leads to high number and type of good bacteria groups. Good bacteria help with nutrient sbsorption and health. (intestinal motility, cellular integrity, and microbial networking) (Scott et al., 2015).
Prebiotics foster healthy bones and skin due to the increase of good bacteria in the gut. This leads to better health of cells in other parts of the body. (Collins & Reid, 2016).
Studies show beneficial effects associated with the consumption of fiber on the gut in humans and other animals. (Montalban-Arques et al., 2015).
Prebiotics like inulin that are currently added to several commercial foods for cats and dogs. Studies show a positive effect of inulin on the number and type of organisms, eaiser digestion and more short-chain fatty acids, in dogs. (Patra, 2011; Schmitz & Suchodolski, 2016; De Godoy, Kerr & Fahey, 2013). Domestic cats are carnivores. Several studies support the theory that microbial breakdonw in the last part of the distal gut is beneficial to the pet. (Rochus, Janssens & Hesta, 2014).
To be a prebiotic, prebotics should increase the number and types of certain bacteria in the gut.
What are prebiotics and how do they help my dog?
Many breeds of dog have more gut issues than others. Issues like colitis, enteritis or IBD can be linked to certain breeds of dog. For example Weimaraner, Rottweiler, Border collie, Boxer, French Bulldogs and German Shepard dogs.
Most of the time we do not seek help from our veterarian as the issue is “not that bad.” But for continued or chronic issues make a visit the veterinarian.
Often times, when your dog has had an issue most of its life, a gut issue can be due to a weak or compromised Microbiome. The microbiome refers to all the microorganisms in the gut. All the microorganisms in your dog’s gut which means all the bacteria, yeasts, and viruses that keep the gut healthy.
if you rdog or cat is having gut issues or his/her microbiome needs a boost, consider a probiotic with a PREBIOTIC. Look for products with inulin a preferred choice by premium probiotic manufacturers.
Why Inulin as a Prebiotic?
Inulin is a dietary fiber, a prebiotic fiber. Scientific research has linked inulin to health benefits in humans and animals.
  • Inulin may help improve your pet’s digestive health
  • Inulin can help pets with diabetes (fiber helps manage blood sugar levels)
  • Inulin can aid in weight loss (great to add to food if your pet needs to lose weight)
Plants naturally contain inulin. Jerusalem artichoke is the source of some inulin-containing products. Some probiotic manufacturers add it to products to improve digestive health. Profauna 100 has US grown organic Jerusalem Artichoke in it. Each 1 g powder scoop delivers 100 billion good bacteria and 250 mg of inulin. This is a great product to add to the food of dogs with digestive issues, and works better than a probiotic alone.
The Jerusalem artichoke, also called sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple, is a type of sunflower native to central North America.
Products containing ingredients from the US support our economy so try and choose ingredients grown here!
Our products are sourced and made in the USA.

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