Prebiotic Fibers For Dogs: They’re Not Just What Comes First

June 14, 2024
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Muscle wasting in dogs is also known as sarcopenia, and it’s when our best furry friends start losing muscle mass and strength. This usually happens as they age, but it can also be due to less activity, not eating right, or other health problems. When dogs lose muscle, it’s not just about how they look; it can really affect their mobility and everyday life. Simple things like getting up, walking, or jumping can become tough for dogs if they’re suffering from muscle wasting.

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What Are Prebiotics for Dogs And How Do They
Affect Digestive Health?

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Prebiotics for dogs may sound like a fancy buzzword to make dog food labels look smarter. It happens a lot, the newest ‘thing’ on the block is what gets marketed for dog parents.

But when it comes to prebiotics for dogs, it’s real. They’re actually a type of dietary fiber – but not the kind that just helps with making sure your dog’s poop is perfect (though that’s a great outcome!). These fibers are food for the good bacteria, the probiotics, in your dog’s gut. Think of them as a gourmet buffet exclusively for the beneficial microbes living in your dog’s digestive system.

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Here’s a cool fact:

Prebiotics like Inulin and XOS aren’t just boring ingredients in your dog’s diet; they play such an important role in shaping your dog’s gut microbiome through the production of SCFAs. These fatty acids greatly affect your dog’s gut health, supporting everything from nutrient absorption to immune function.

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