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Healthy Helpers
If you are health-conscious, you may have been already eating healthy, wholesome and nutritious foods. Maybe you even take nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements every day. I am sure you, as a pet owner, do the same for your precious canine and feline friends.

What if, for some reasons, nutrients you take went through your body without being absorbed properly and flushed out of the body? Without good absorption, all those efforts of eating healthy foods and taking supplements end up being a waste, don�t they?

The key is to build a solid foundation in the body, specifically the digestive tract. It is just like you prepare a good passage before welcoming nutritious foods.

Before talking about what good can be done, let's go through what is happening in the intestinal tract first.

Both pets' and our digestive tract, especially the large intestine, is inhabited by billions of bacteria. There are usually beneficial or friendly bacteria and less beneficial or less desirable bacteria living together in harmony in the intestinal tract. The friendly bacteria contribute to enhancing the healthy digestive tract. As long as the animal stays healthy, the flora of bacteria is balanced. However, there are times when this balanced flora can be disrupted. Factors such as eating poor quality foods can reduce the number of friendly bacteria in the bowel and give all the less-desirable bacteria a chance to wreak havoc.

When the condition of unbalanced intestinal flora continues, it starts affecting the entire body in an unfavorable way. When less-friendly bacteria get in charge of the intestinal tract environment, they can irritate the intestinal lining.

There is something we can do. "Probiotics" may become a great help. Have you ever taken probiotics before? The answer would be "yes" if you eat yogurt. Among all the bacteria living in the digestive tract, "friendly" bacteria which promote health are called "probiotics" (meaning "for life"). There are different types of probiotics. L. acidophilus and B. bifidum are only a few examples of these beneficial bacteria.

Probiotics help promote better digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. They also produce nutrients such as Vitamin B and K. Probiotics help encourage regular bowel movements.

Supplementing with "probiotics" is a good idea to help restore the balanced flora of the digestive tract. Sending in friendly bacteria into the bowels can make it easier for the friendly bacteria to thrive.

With recent health trend, there are more and more good-quality dog foods and cat foods on the market today. They provide important nutrients dogs and cats need to maintain good health. However, moving a step farther forward, you may be able to improve your pets to the level of "optimum" health. Probiotics may be the key. Regular use of probiotics will contribute to your pets�Ehealth in many ways. This is another holistic approach you can try for the health of your precious canine and feline friends!

Special Note: Although every effort has been made to present healthy products and useful information to support your pets' health, the products and information contained within this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The contents of this site are not meant as a substitute for consultation with a trained veterinarian. If you are concerned about the health of your pets, you should ask your veterinarian for proper guidance suited to the specific condition of your pets. The owners of this website accept no liability for any consequences resulting from the use of products and/or information provided through this site. Please use your discretion when attending to your pets' health.
Special thanks to Fintan Darragh, Rich Bensen, Maggie, Jiji, and Mary Crissman for providing our pet pictures!
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