You’re not the only one who’s asked himself this question. In this blog article, we will explain you how and when to feed fermented veggies to your pet. After reading this, fermented veggies won’t have any secrets for you!
What are fermented vegetables?
As their name says it, fermented vegetables are vegetables that have been fermented through a process where we use the healthy bacterias already on the vegetables’ surface (lactobacillus) and we place them in the best environment for their proliferation.
During the fermentation process, the bacterias feed on the carbohydrates of the vegetables to proliferate. This proliferation transforms the sugars contained in the vegetables into lactic acid. This will reduce the discomfort linked to the ingestion of fresh vegetables by your dog (and your cat) for which carbohydrates are difficult to digest.
When to give fermented veggies?
As for any supplement, the frequency at which you add vegetables to your pet’s meals will vary depending on what benefits you are looking for.
However, since they contain a lot of vitamins, enzymes and probiotics, we suggest you give fermented veggies regularly to your dog in order to help his organism (cats don’t need as much vegetables as dogs). In other words, you can give fermented veggies to your dog daily without any problem.
Ideally, we suggest you add fermented vegetables to your dog’s food 3 to 4 times a week or daily to get the best of the benefits they have.
If you skip a few days (1 or 2) without adding fermented veggies to your dog’s portion (for example if you don’t have any more in stock), he won’t have any nutrients deficiencies since it’s a natural supplement. But, if you don’t want this situation to happen, make sure to always keep additional jars in your cupboards.
How to give fermented vegetables?
The easiest way to feed fermented vegetables is simply to add the to your dog’s food. However, in some cases, it is possible that your dog won’t like fermented veggies. In fact, they are vinegary and that may not be appreciated by every pet. If this happens, we suggest you start with a small portion and that you mix it well to his food. If he eats it, then you can progressively increase the portion until you reach the recommended servings.
But keep in mind that, your dog can either become acquainted to fermented veggies taste after a few days or he might not like it all no matter the efforts you put.
If, as it is for us, your dog would eat almost anything, you could give him his fermented veggies portion directly from the spoon.
In any of these situations, we suggest you introduce fermented vegetables progressively (approximatively on a 2 weeks span). Since they contain a lot of probiotics and enzymes, it can be harder on the digestive system at first, mainly on the intestines. Consequently, it’s possible that your dog’s poop becomes less firm or that he has gas. This is normal but it should be temporary. So, take time to check your dog’s poops when you give him fermented veggies for the first time and when you increase the portion. That’s why, in some cases, giving fermented veggies only a few times a week (for example 3 times a week) might by what’s best for your dog to prevent his intestines to work too hard.
As for the suggested serving, we suggest you give 30g of fermented veggies per 25 kg of dog’s weight (55 pounds). It’s approximately 2 table spoons of well compacted veggies.
To learn more about our suggested servings, we suggest you take a look at our feeding guide in the feeding guide tab of the product.
If you have any other question about our products, don’t hesitate to contact us.