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Prebiotic vs Probiotic: What’s the Difference?

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What’s the Difference Between Prebiotic and Probiotic?

Much like fertilizing a garden, prebiotics feeds the probiotics inside your dog’s gut to boost their immune health. But what sets the two apart? And how do they work to protect your aging dog? Here’s a detailed look at the difference between pre- and probiotics, and how each benefits your dog in different ways.

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live inside your dog’s gut (and in yours!). There, they fight off harmful bacteria colonies that increase your dog’s chance for inflammation, obesity, disease, cancer, and more. While probiotics already reside in the gut, they can also be ingested as a food (like cheese or yogurt) or as a supplement for aging dogs with low autoimmune counts. This is why it’s important to consider your dog’s gut and brain health as they age.

What Do Probiotics Promote?

Probiotics benefit your dog in many, many ways! They support digestive health and help regulate inflammation in aging joints and skin. They also boost the immune system by absorbing essential nutrients that help shield against disease. And this is just the top of the list.

In holistic medicine, probiotics are widely used as a supplement to help combat pet stress, diarrhea, compromised immune systems, and improve digestion. With all of these amazing benefits, it’s easy to see why probiotics are an essential part of a dog’s health.

What Are Prebiotics?

Simply put, prebiotics feed the probiotics in your dog’s gut. Usually in the form of a carbohydrate, prebiotics can be found in dog-friendly fiber-rich foods like oats and bananas, or they can be taken as a supplement. Without prebiotics to feed the healthy probiotics, your dog is more susceptible to harmful bacteria, which will lead to larger problems down the road.

What Do Prebiotics Promote?

Prebiotics offers the body the necessary vitamins and nutrients needed for probiotics to perform amazing health-beneficial tasks like boosting the immune system to prevent disease and improving digestion to enhance nutrient absorption.

Prebiotics are also often found in treats or supplements, like Happy Go Healthy’s Joint & Skin Support Supplement. Alongside other wholesome ingredients, supplemental prebiotics help your dog’s gut health thrive. You’ll no longer need to fertilize that garden; your pup will be happily digging it all up in no time.

Happy Go Healthy Supports Prebiotic Health

All bacteria play a major role in maintaining your dog’s health. When it comes to pre or probiotics, determining which one to administer depends on your pet’s health concerns. Simply understanding the difference between the two is a step in the right direction to a truly happy and healthy pet!

Happy Go Healthy is proud to support gut health using prebiotics in each bite of our Joint & Skin Support Supplement. Order a bag today and see the results for yourself!