Do Dogs Need Prebiotics?

Dogs having healthy guts and perfect poops are super important to us here at Grub Club. We know how tough it can be when your dog is uncomfortable, when you are having to deal with very unhappy accidents and (*whispers) unbearable stinks which is precisely why we have made it our mission to create a dog food that will remedy all of those things whilst also being nutritious and tasty!

One of the ways in which we achieve our perfect gut-health blend is by adding a prebiotic to our All-Day Buffet Complete Food. What’s that? What’s a prebiotic we hear you cry! Do dogs need prebiotics? If so, how often? Well, let’s answer all of your pressing questions right now…

What is a prebiotic?

In short, prebiotics are plant-based fibres that help healthy bacteria grow in the gut. We all have and need them – yep, even you – but they are especially vital for keeping our digestive tracts well-balanced and functioning in the way that they are designed to.

What’s the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic? 

Probiotics are food or supplements that help to replenish good bacteria in the gut, while prebiotics are the food source for these good bacteria. Taking both together will help to ensure that your dog’s gut is getting everything it needs in order to work properly and effectively.

What does a prebiotic do for a dog?

By supporting the good bacteria within the gut, prebiotics work to suppress harmful microbes and help to support a healthy immune system. Without prebiotics, your dog cannot have a healthy gut and without a healthy gut, your dog cannot effectively absorb the proper nutrients from their food, and we all know that if bodies don’t/cannot absorb these nutrients then overall health will begin to suffer.

What are the health benefits?

These powerful fibres go as far as to:

  • Improve digestion and metabolism
  • Help to regulate bowel movements
  • Improve calcium absorption and therefore increase bone density
  • Regulate blood sugar
  • Stimulate the production of hormones that aid in appetite suppression
  • Lower inflammation in the body

So, yeah, prebiotics have huge health benefits for dogs.

How often should I give my dogs prebiotics? 

You need to be adding a prebiotic to your dog’s diet every day. You can purchase this as a powder or in tablet form but we’ve done all the legwork for you by adding it to our All Day Buffet Complete Dog Food which means you’ll never have to worry about missing a day…

Or having to deal with the consequences if you do! (If you know, you know). A daily dose of prebiotics will keep their tummy, gut, them and, of course, you very happy.