Did you know that Probiotics can Support Your Dog’s Moods, Anxiety, and Stress? If the bacterium in the gut is not balanced, it can cause a host of discomfort in your dog.
If your dog is having a dietary upset then we understand when they have signs such as gas, vomiting, and diarrhea. However we are less likely to connect other symptoms such as anxiety, aggression, and hyper activity to a gut retaliated issues.
I was reading a Harvard study that researched how both the brain and gut are linked via the Vagus Nerve. This nerve sends information from the gut and the brain and that around 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the gastrointestinal tract. Is that amazing?
When I was working in the health field years, I learned the importance of taking probiotics because 70% of the immune system is “housed” in the gut. Meaning if you have a weak immune system means potential allergy issues, susceptible to colds and flu among many other health issues. The best thing you can do to maintain your health is to strengthen the gut with a wide range of good tummy bugs.
Interestingly studies now indicate that the gut can have effects on our mood. So essentially, what affects the gut will also impact the brain. If your gut flora is imbalanced for any reason, signals will be sent to the brain.
Stress and Anxiety! Countless studies have been done on gut flora (microorganisms living in the gut), several of them showing the right combination of both pre and probiotics can actually reduce stress and anxiety!
Researchers believe supplementing with probiotics, both manufactures and through the foods you eat, can boost cognitive abilities while lowering both anxiety and stress.
Mood enhancing Probiotics Based on Clinical Research that may Help Ease Physical and Psychological Symptoms of Stress, and May Help Support Positive Mood Balance. The Unique Strains with Clinically Studied Benefits:Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell-52NDBifidobacterium longum Rosell-175Probiotic supplements may shift the balance of gut bacteria in a way that increases your body’s defenses against allergies and infections. In addition, they have been shown to reduce inflammation, a known risk factor for many diseases including cancer.
A review of 38 studies on animals and humans found that various probiotics helped improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder and poor memory.The strains most commonly used in these studies were Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus helveticus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.
They have long recommended probioitcs for our dogs gut health but now we are using it for mood enhancement. With all these fantastic benefits, why wouldn’t you start your dog on a probiotic regimen?Here are a few manufactures that I found offering Probiotics for Mood.