There's both good and bad bacteria in and on our dogs (and us). So how can we kill the bad and feed the good stuff?
I am amazed at how many people email me with dog health issues who say they have done everything possible to keep their dog healthy including the use of antibiotics, and bathing often with medicated shampoo.
Killing bacteria the body needs to function properly simply leads to more problems.
It's well known that antibiotics kill both good and bad which compromises gut health and digestion but there is more.
A lot more.
I'm always working at getting better at what I do, I just finished reading Super
Brain by Deepak Chopra, M.D. I had to save a few paragraphs to share
And no I don't have a super brain but maybe if I had more germs...
Here's a quote from page 76 of the book Super Brain:
"Bacteria are essential to the body, too, with trillions of them lining the gut and the surface of the skin. These form colonies known as the microbiome. It's long been known that bacteria in the intestines makes digestion possible. But the microbiome have assumed a much greater importance. For one thing, there's the sheer number of bacteria involved, which amount to something like 90% of the cells in the body."
Later in the book he goes on to mention there are 23,000 human genes in contrast to 1 million bacterial genes and that a symbiotic relationship between the cells of our body and the microbes are important to our survival.
Why is this stuff in a book about the brain? The brain needs microbiome too. I didn't know that. I hope I'm not low on microbiome but I do have a recipe to help rebalance and keep both Lulu and I on track which I use. I'll share that in a minute (:
Surely it helps that I don't use antibacterial soap or put any on Lulu. Nor does she need a bath more than once a month. Good thing huh?
I'm talking about screwing up nature and what it can cost our dogs.
There are all sorts of microbiome colonies so whenever I meet a person who allows the use of antibiotics and bathes their dog with the wrong thing and too often for a healthy microbiome to grow back; I know their dog is in a pickle.
If digestion is off and there's nothing to protect the skin naturally, the wrong microbiome can grow out of bounds.
And it does!
The most common things I help folks with are IBD, food allergies and systemic yeast infections. All of these are largely due to a lack of beneficial microbiome, or flora. In laymen's terms, their immune system stinks!
All of these things have a lot to do an unhealthy, out of balance, out of whack microbiome. I mean the dog needs specific "germs" for digestion and immune function. Often what people believe are allergies are simply an out of balance dog.
Some vets are baffled by constant ear infections, digestion problems, hair loss, itchy skin, red skin or black skin. They keep treating the symptoms but the dog doesn't get better.
There is an excellent article written about a big problem all this imbalance causes in dogs. Here's the article at Dog Nutrition Naturally.
Now I'm going to mention my three all time favorites used either alone or in conjunction with herbal supplements for specific dog health problems. Nearly everyone (or maybe everyone) in my NSP Group uses these as fundamentals.
First there is Silver Shield (#4280-5) - a natural antibiotic. It only kills the bad stuff so it won't mess up the delicate balance of the body. It also good for viral infections and has anti inflammatory properties. (See why we always have some?) This stuff is patented and works far better than any other silver product available.
The other two are perfect for resetting the gut microbiome and then feeding it only the best. They are:
NutriBiome Bacillus Coagulans Probiotics (#6109-3) - I know. That's a lot to say isn't it? Well, Bacillus coagulans is a strain of friendly probiotic that is
naturally heat-stable. It can also more readily withstand the stomach's
acidic environment, thereby better providing targeted support to the
intestine and maintaining balance in the microbiome. Here's what it does:
Probiotics Eleven (#1510-1) - These 11 strains of good bacteria take off where the Bacillus Coagulans left off because they are additional strains that help both dogs and their people.
I give Lu 2 per day until the first bottle is gone and then switch to 2 per day of the Probiotics Eleven so I highly suggest getting one bottle of each per dog or human in the household along with the 16 oz bottle of Silver Shield.
These are NSP products for humans because nothing else is good enough for my dog.
You can purchase these products at Three-Little-Pitties NSP website. Be sure to sign up as a member at checkout to get the discount. AND give your best email so I can contact you and let you know what doses are appropriate for the weight of your dog.
To dog health!