In a previous blog, we covered the advantages of fermented vegetables compared to fresh vegetables when it comes to their uses in our animal’s diet.
In this article, we’ll cover the many benefits of fermented vegetables and the appropriate way to feed it to your animal.
Good for the guts, good for whole organism…
Basically, it would be easy to believe that fermented vegetables are solely good to favor the digestive process because of their high content in enzymes, vitamins and probiotics. Whilst this is true, did you know that 70% of your animal’s immune system rests on its guts’ health? Therefore, a healthy gut flora will benefit the global health of the animal.
The fermented vegetables content in probiotics promotes an equilibrium of the intestinal flora by allowing a higher concentration of healthy bacteria. A healthy gut will favor a better absorption of the nutrients and, as a boomerang effect, a healthier animal.
Beside the benefits on the digestive processes, for the animals that have a sensitive gut, the fermented vegetables will also reduce the autoimmune reactions such as allergies. Fermented veggies will also help in reducing the symptoms of such allergic reactions.
For the best results
For the best improvement of your animal’s health, fermented vegetables should be added to its ration in a regular way. Ideally, each day. Gaining a healthy intestine is a process that needs to be developed in a continuous way as is true to maintain it. The objective is to create good colonies of bacteria in the intestine. Such a process needs to be done in a repetitive manner because bacteria are living organisms and they need to reproduce themselves.
As mentioned in the article The Advantages of Fermented Veggies, the acidity of the gastric juices are not an ideal environment for the survival of the probiotics contained in the powder type products. Therefore, when you feed your animal fermented vegetables regularly, you increase the chances that the good bacteria reach the intestines, allowing them to act as they should.
Be attentive to your animal’s signals
Fermented vegetables have a pickled taste that may not be appreciated by your animal. Many animals are picky eaters and they may not enjoy fermented vegetables. In these cases, we recommended adding them to their daily ration gradually. Start by a small quantity that you will mix to its ration. Should he appreciated it, you can then increase progressively the amount of fermented veggies.
It’s important that you respect your animal’s rhythm and taste. Most animals (dogs) will love them instantly, some will need time to appreciate them and some animals will never get use to them.
If your animals are like our dogs, they will eat just about anything and you can feed them fermented veggies directly from the spoon. However, since the fermented veggies are rich in probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals not found in meat or giblets, we recommend you add the fermented vegetables gradually to their diet in order to not overcharge their digestion. In some cases, even though the carbohydrates have been consumed by the bacteria, your animal may have gases or soft stools. This is normal and should go away after a few days once the gut flora will be stabilized. Should these signs persist, feel free to reduce the amount of fermented vegetables in order to give your animal time to get used to them.
Once the previously described signs have been alleviated, you can increase gradually their vegetables serving while being attentive to any adverse signs in their digestive process. You can consult our Serving Chart for the recommended portion according to your animal’s weight.
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