Nutrition impacts almost all aspects of a companion animals' microbiome, (gut) & their physical health. It can impact behavior, weight, allergies, oral health, the kidneys and GI disease.
Now recognized as an organ, the microbiome starts in the oral cavity and continues to the rectum. It's kind of magical that it consists of a host of organisms like fungi, bacteria, protozoa, viruses and archaea. Imagine these organisms living together in cats and dogs, (humxns too), helping to orchestrate the breaking down of food and the production of compounds like nutrients, vitamins, and short-chain fatty acids to name a few. These vital compounds are released throughout the body, influencing immune and inflammatory functions. In return, the host, aka cats and dogs provide shelter, stable oxygen and temperature levels, pathogen defense and control peristalsis. (I am sure this list is longer, but we’re still learning.)
A dog mom for 16 years, I learned how to research & fill in treatment gaps that my dogs were in with respect to common GI illnesses like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and upset tummies. The Earth allies that I incorporated into our diets helped support healthy gut flora.
More Ginger. Good for the Gut, Calming upset Tummies & More…
Ginger has come to be one of my wise-trusted friends and our last blog discussion covers how I came to rely on it for myself and two dogs. Frequently, people ask how I use the ancient, spicy & pungent root with cats & dogs, so it's time for me to share one of my signature recipes, Ginger & Steamed Rice.
This versatile recipe can be shared with cats & dogs. It offers support to soothe an upset tummy, nausea, vomiting and can even help with diarrhea. Try this ginger & rice dish to share nourishment and comfort.
Giving thanks for wisdom & information:
2. Effects of Nutrition on Microbiome of Cats & Dogs
3. Ginger Information