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Fermented Foods Aid Digestion!

Many dog owners feed their pets raw or cooked vegetables. Read the labels and you'll see that most commercial “raw meals” are 20% to more than 90% vegetables and grains. But, canines don't have the enzymes to breakdown cellulose or carbohydrates. Pet food companies use these ingredients in place of costlier, more nutritious animal parts to increase profit margins.

        While searching for a solution to my dog’s intermittent colitis, I met a man who had grown up in South Africa and witnessed wild dog kills. It was pointed out to him that the lead dog was the fastest and healthiest because it fed on the contents in the rumen [the first of the 4 chambers of the stomach of a ruminant] of the herbivore prey.

        My research revealed that the bacteria in the rumen stimulate fermentation which breaks down any foods a canine eats. Those same bacteria help maintain gastrointestinal (GI) health and stimulate general wellness. If low-sodium fermented greens are inconvenient, raw apple cider vinegar with mother is a simple and effective way to assure that your pet gets the health benefits of eating fermented plants. Either way, a Tbsp or two per pound of RAwsome Meals is all you need.

Dr. Karen Becker discusses feeding fermented vegetables to dogs.

The Science Behind Fermented Foods for Dogs

Grass-eating ungulates have a symbiotic relationship with the microbiota in their rumen (the first chamber of their 4-chamber stomachs) by virtue of the fact that the microbiota in their GI tract stimulate fermentation, which breaks down cellulose and produces volatile short-chain fatty acids (SCFA)  like acetate, butyrate, propionate and other substances that facilitate metabolism and immunity. SCFAs are important sources of energy. They also stimulate the growth of intestinal epithelial cells that play important roles in the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and protection from microbial infections, based on having properties that apparently inhibit the growth of pathogens. Butyrate helps prevent colitis by minimizing the oxidative damage to DNA and inducing the death of cells that sustain DNA damage. Acetate has shown that it induces beneficial modulation to intestinal permeability (reduces leaky gut), which reduces the damage created by intestinal endotoxins (toxins released from inside a bacterial cell when it disintegrates). 

Paraphrased from "Canine gastrointestinal microbiome in health and disease" by Jan Suchodolski, Dr. med. vet., PhD, Dipl. ACVM, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Texas A&M University and Kenneth Simpson, BVM&S, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ECVIM-CA College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, New York State.

RAwsome Meals are optimized for healthy dogs and may not be suitable for dogs with underlying health issues or on medication.

For dietary advice specific to your pet, consult a nutrition-trained vet.

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