Did you know that when your dog is fed an inappropriate diet, it can lead to a damaged gut wall ? [ Guest Blog Post by Lyndall P from Canine Vitality ]

Canine Vitality

Morning doggie lovers,

Did you know that when your dog is fed an inappropriate diet, it can lead to a damaged gut wall ? Damage in the gut wall leads to increased permeability and what is known as a “leaky” gut.

There are 3 main causes of this ‘leaky gut’ condition in our pets…

  1. Incorrect foods. Eating foods that are not appropriate to the species causes increased permeability. Abnormal gut fermentation of excessive complex carbohydrates and starches causes a proliferation of yeast and unfriendly bacteria. It also has adverse effects on vitamin absorption, including the B vitamins, zinc and magnesium.
  2. Antibiotics. Antibiotics remove all bacteria, not just the bad bacteria. Antibiotics decimate the good bacteria in the gut and increase the risk of subsequent intestinal infection and yeast overgrowth.
  3. Steroids. These inhibit several normal gut processes and also suppress the immune system, allowing opportunistic pathogens to colonize the gut lining.

Good bacteria not only prevent the proliferation of the bad bacteria, they keep the gut lining healthy. When the gut lining is unhealthy it becomes more permeable to toxins.

A “leaky gut” can cause gas, bloating and diarrhoea, and also allow proteins from the gut to enter the blood stream. These proteins in the blood form immune complexes and trigger the release of histamine in the skin. This makes our dogs very itchy. You an probably understand why many dogs that have itchy skin and have been prescribed antiobitoics and steroids are going on a medical ‘merry-go-round’ which can be hard to get off!
The “leaky gut” leads to malabsorption and malnutrition and signs and symptoms can be quite diverse including immune dysfunction, autoimmune disease, food allergies, behavioral disorders, joint pain and nutritional deficiencies.
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