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How Can Prebiotics Help My Pup?

Your dog's gastrointestinal tract hosts an enormous population of microorganisms and bacteria, in the trillions of cells!  Although the gut microbiota has been explored for centuries, only recently have correlations been made between the composition of the gut and canine wellness. In addition to genetics, the composition of the gut microbiome is influenced to a large extent by environmental factors including diet, especially early in life. Given the connection between gut population dynamics and wellness, strategies to support microbiome composition have been the intense focus of canine nutrition experts over the last decade. 

While it may not be surprising that the overall diet can affect the composition of the microbiome, certain compounds, known as prebiotics, have been found to uniquely influence the growth of particular beneficial microbes. Prebiotic enrichment is not a new concept. The term “bifidus factor” was coined in the 1950s to account for the enrichment of beneficial Lactobacillus bifidus in infants. Recently, a consensus definition was recently proposed by the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) as “a substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit.”

The mechanisms of the benefit of prebiotics are many and varied, but are essentially either direct or downstream, encouraging the proliferation of bacteria whose metabolites directly affect the gut environment including both gut pH and modulation of immune function. 

Our HappyTails Canine Wellness™ proprietary formula of prebiotics, beta glucans, DHA/EPA Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, and premium proteins, provide a synergistic effect that supports superior gut health and promotes functional benefits for your pup that include a shiny coat, healthy skin and proper immune function.  

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