“If you follow any good gardener around in their garden and they spot one of their trees looking unhealthy, with discoloured leaves and fruits that are not quite thriving, they don’t spend too much time looking at those leaves and the fruit. Rather they head straight down to the bottom of the tree and they analyze the roots and the soil around it: the foundation of the entire organism. Our gut is like the roots of those trees and plants. It is where we extract and absorb all the nutrients our body needs to nourish itself.” – Dr Alejundro Junger

As the saying goes: As above, so below.

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!

Why does your pet need good bacteria?

Good bacteria provide beneficial effects to humans and their pets:

• Preventing onset of allergies.
• Prevents the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut.
• Improving gastrointestinal health.
• Reducing risk of reoccurring urinary tract infections.

Recent research also indicates that probiotics may offer anti-cancer benefits. A few strains of bacteria used to formulate probiotics appear to stimulate anti-cancer chemical production while the L. casei strain may lower the risk of bladder cancer in dog breeds prone to this kind of cancer.

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.

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.

Rodney Habib