Health and disease start from your pet’s gut, the largest immune organ in their bodies. Packed with bacteria, (so much bacteria that they outnumber the cells in their bodies) they keep the immune system functioning properly. However, when the bad bacteria start to outweigh the good, serious disease related problems could start to develop!“The gut contains up to a thousand different bacteria species, which together weigh between one and three pounds. This mass contains trillions of cells, more than the number of cells that make up our own bodies.” – The Atlantic

One of those factors that tip the scale in favor of the bad bacteria side is antibiotics. ‘Anti’ meaning against / biotic meaning life = Against Life. If your pet has taken a round of antibiotics, beneficial bacteria were most definitely destroyed. The scary part is: science doesn’t yet know the long-term effects caused by giving antibiotics to your pets, destroying those essential bacteria in the process.

“It’s encouraging to know that many researchers no longer believe the solution to treating bacterial diseases is new classes of antibiotics, but rather prevention of disease using prebiotics, probiotics… The bacteria in probiotic supplements must be live and able to reproduce in order to be effective. That’s why commercial pet foods containing probiotics aren’t worth the money. The manufacturing process kills many of the live bacteria, which means there’s little to no probiotic effect by the time the product hits store shelves.” – Doctor Karen Becker

Speaking of live cultured bacteria, let me introduce you to the ‘grains of life’ as hailed in the Caucasian Mountains. Kefir, pronounced “kah-fear!” are bad boy grains packed with beneficial bacteria!

Kefir health benefits are vast and that is due to the 30 different strains of good bacteria and yeast present in cloud shaped grains! The bulk of those grains are a combination of insoluble protein, amino acids, lipids and complex sugars.

"..and if you hate cancer as much as I do, two separate studies found that kefir also has cancer preventing effects." - Rodney Habib
So what type of research do we have that makes kefir worth adding to your pet’s bowl?

A new study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology shows that a commonly used food probiotic known as Lactobacillus plantarum available in kefir, is capable of degrading dangerous pesticide residues in food. The researchers found that Lactobacillus plantarum enhanced the degradation of the pesticide from 15-34%, a close to 81% enhancement.

Environmental chemical exposures number in the tens of thousands among industrialized populations. Our bodies, water, air, food, and now our pets’ bodies are packed with toxins and chemicals. Kefir can help in this department!

Oh, and if you hate cancer as much as I do, two separate studies found that kefir also has cancer preventing effects.

Traditionally made with cow, goat or sheep milk, kefir can also be made with coconut or almond milk (also coconut water).

Kefir is very safe, but this is not to say that some people or pets don’t react negatively to kefir, especially when first trying it. When introducing kefir to your pets, remember to always go slow.

So how much should you give your pet?

Recommended minimum daily intake of kefir:
  • Small size dogs or cats – 1 tsp. – 1 tbsp.
  • Medium size dogs – 1 – 2 tbsp.
  • Large dogs – 2 – 3 tbsp.

Kefir can work miracles for yours and your pet’s body. So go ahead and start incorporating it into your diets to reap the benefits that this wonderful grain has to offer.

For more info on kefir – Dogs Naturally Magazine 

For more info on why goat’s milk kefir is ultra nutritious – Dogs Naturally Magazine

– Rodney Habib