MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Having a dog is not only good for the human psyche but also incredibly beneficial for the human gut microbiome. Dogs can strengthen the human gut microbiome by going out into the environment, collecting microbes in their nose and fur, and bringing them back into your home. By doing this, they can help to diversify and strengthen your gut microbiome, but don’t forget that dogs have their own gut microbiomes.
Did you know that dogs can get leaky gut too? Or that this could be the underlying cause of their recurring rashes, diarrhea, bad behavior or poor wound healing? If the lining of your dog’s intestines begins to deteriorate, then this opens the door for unwanted toxins and pathogens to enter circulation, triggering immune responses such as inflammation and allergic reactions anywhere in the body.
WHAT CAUSES LEAKY GUT IN DOGS?
Dogs, like humans, have sensitive GI tracts that are unfavorably affected by artificial food products, antibiotic overuse, gut infections, and glyphosate found in the air, water, and soil.1,2 As carnivores, dogs are evolutionarily designed to eat meat, yet the main ingredients in most pet foods include wheat, corn, soy and low-quality animal byproducts. These foods, medications, and environmental toxins can irritate an animal’s GI tract, causing damage to the protective lining of the gut.
Dogs love to get into things they aren’t supposed to, like garbage, roadkill, and animal droppings they find on the side walk. This puts them at risk of acquiring a GI infection, which can have negative long-term consequences on gut health. In fact, overgrowth of Clostridium perfringens, Salmonella species, and Escherichia coli are shown to cause inflammation and deteriorate the gut barrier, leading to leaky gut in dogs.3