Foods with Digestive Health Support Keep Pets Healthy, Happy
Tewksbury, MA, September 27th, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Pets, like humans, need a well-rounded diet, full of vegetables, premium proteins and vitamins. Buying your pets high-quality food should ensure they receive all the nutrients they need. But if pets aren’t digesting that food correctly, they may as well be eating low-quality food with the inexpensive fillers you’ve been trying to avoid.
“Research shows 70 percent of a pet’s immune system lies in the digestive tract,” said Dr. Al Townshend, staff veterinarian for WellPet, makers of high-quality, natural pet food. “Proper digestion and a healthy digestive tract are essential to maintaining whole body health. If a pet’s digestive tract isn’t in peak condition it can prevent the nutrients in food from digesting properly and lead to a number of different illnesses.”
To ensure your pet’s digestive tract is working properly, look for a high-quality, natural food with a digestive health support system that includes probiotics, prebiotics, natural fibers and easily digestive enzymes, like Holistic Select Natural Pet Food.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that help keep the immune system healthy. Humans often get probiotics from things like yogurt. Check with your pet food company to ensure your pet’s food includes probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics stimulate the growth and maintenance of good bacteria, like probiotics, in your pet’s digestive tract.
Just as fiber plays an important role in human digestive health, it also plays an integral role in your pet’s digestive health. Fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal and flaxseed promote digestive regularity. Digestive enzymes help organs break down food to ensure your pet is absorbing the most nutrients from their food. Digestive enzymes also help reduce stress on organs, which is very important for aging pets.
Some pets may also need a grain-free food to help them digest their food properly. Be sure to look for a grain-free food that contains high-quality, natural protein and no fillers, as well as a complete digestive health support system, like Holistic Select Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy & Sardine Meal Recipe.
To avoid digestive upset, be sure to switch your pet to a new food slowly. Generally, a transition over seven to ten days will help your pets stomach adjust to the new formula.