Ask Dr. Bill | The Importance of Probiotics

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the body’s number one barrier against disease. The bacteria that reside within the gut can be classified as either protective or potentially harmful and the balance of these bacteria is critically important to the overall health of all animals. The concept of beneficial bacteria, such as probiotics, has been investigated as a dietary management tool for many years.

DNA-based microbiology provides insight as to how the bacteria that live in the gut prevent disease and how they affect nutrient absorption and impact the immune system. How we feed our pets and the various stresses we place on them can alter the balance between the good gut micro flora and those that can cause disease as well as alter the defense mechanisms that occur in the lining of the GI tract.

Diet can either cause or eliminate inflammation by increasing or decreasing gut permeability, thereby altering nutrient absorption and overall health. When your dog or cat’s GI tract is healthy, it allows for the absorption of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, while at the same time preventing the entry of disease-causing substances.

Using biologically appropriate, high-quality ingredients, Dr. Bill’s Canine and Feline Digestive Support supplement contains essential pre and probiotics as well as my personal unique enzyme blend to help your pet break down and absorb nutrients from their food. These powerful ingredients are also known for absorbing and removing harmful intestinal toxins to help reestablish a healthy intestinal balance for your car or dog.

Without a healthy GI system, optimum immune health and optimum nutrition cannot exist.