Probiotics are a type of bacteria. If you are not quite knowledgeable in the medical field, you might think that all bacteria are bad, but actually, there are good and bad bacteria in the body. This article is concentrating on teaching you about one of the good bacteria, particularly, probiotics, their various types, and how they work. Then, we narrow down to natural probiotics, their beneficial effects and when French Bulldogs need natural Probiotics.
Probiotics are helpful bacteria which can maintain or restore the normal bacterial equilibrium in the digestive tract. Natural probiotics help with intestinal disorders and are recommended if your pet is suffering from digestive problems or after lengthy antibiotic treatment.
What are Probiotics?
These are living bacteria and yeast that are beneficial to your Frenchie for their digestive system. Generally, you'll find probiotics in supplements, and foods such as Yoghurt. There are different types of Probiotics you may find.
Types of Probiotics
Probiotics are classified into different types, and so are their benefits different. Essentially, there are two broad types of Probiotics, we'll be looking at today.
- Lactobacillus, and
Lactobacillus is the most commonly found probiotics, they are in large quantities in Yoghurt and other fermented foods. Lactobacillus is very helpful in diarrhea and help in the digestion of Lactose (the sugar component of milk).
The second type of Probiotics is Bifidobacteria. You'll find this type of Probiotics in dairy products. If your Frenchie is having Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and some other similar conditions, Bifidobacterium can help to ease those symptoms.
Another component of Probiotics that helps fight diarrhea in Frenchies is called Saccharomyces Boulardii. This is a yeast found in probiotics, which also fights diarrhea and other digestive problems.
How Do Probiotics Work?
Researchers have found that Probiotics help to replace the loss of good bacteria in the body. Your Frenchie may have lost a lot of good bacteria in the course of treating one illness or another. Essentially, Probiotics also function to balance your Frenchie's good and bad bacteria to keep his body working the way it should.
The normal percentage of bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract should be 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria. In order to ensure that bacteria is present in your Frenchie in this right ratio, it is important to place your French Bulldog on some Probiotics Supplements.
Examples of Natural Probiotics for French Bulldogs
Some of the most common natural probiotics are present in:
- Milk, curdled milk and dairy products such as cottage cheese, buttermilk, yogurt
- Sourdough bread
- Fermented vegetables (Soybeans, sauerkraut)
Do not feed your Frenchie with Pasteurized foods. What pasteurization does to Frenchie foods is that it destroys the bacteria and the food will lack the required probiotic effects. Let's take a look at when your French Bulldog needs Natural probiotics.
When Your French Bulldog Need Natural Probiotics?
Among other things, probiotics send food through the gut by affecting nerves that control gut movement. Researchers have found that Probiotics treat:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Constipation/Infectious diarrhea (Caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites.
- Diarrhea caused by antibiotics
- Skin conditions
- Urinary problems
- Food and other Allergies and colds
- Gastrointestinal Tract Inflammation
- Stomach upset, Flatulence, bloating
- Dietary changes or low fiber diet etc.
In the United States, The Food and Drug Administration regulates probiotics like foods and not drugs. The implication of this is that manufacturers of probiotics do not have an obligation to that show that their products are safe or even how they work. So, this reality leaves you as a Frenchie owner with a lot of homework to do. First, you may have to consult with the Vets to know if giving your French Bulldog a Probiotics is a good idea if you are not sure.
Benefits of Natural probiotics
Natural Probiotics aids antioxidants and other nutrients in the body, boosts the immune system and favors the absorption of iron. It also fights pathogens such as E.Coli or salmonella.
Ultimately, since the good bacteria produced by probiotics come from natural sources, there is no need to bother about side effects.