Sauerkraut For Your dog? Amazing Probiotic Properties

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Sauerkraut for Your Pets Health?

I just found out that Sauerkraut has amazing probiotic properties; a serving has more probiotics than a whole bottle of over the counter probiotics. Some people feed their dogs some with each meal and they like it!  For pets with a recurring gut sensitivity; autoimmune disorder… so some of you might want to look it up. Keep in mind that not all sauerkraut has probiotic qualities, similar to apple cider vinegar. Make sure it is not pasteurized or heated (in a can). Homemade sauerkraut certainly has this…as does any fermented food such as apple cider vinegar, kombucha, homemade sauerkraut (not canned), kim chi, etc. Fermented foods are important for human health as well.

I have found a “naturally fermented” one at my market next to the refrigerated pickles and it is really good! In a dog cancer group, I belong to they recommend it also to keep the body’s ph a certain way.

Caution
Alcohol is poisonous to dogs so do not purchase wine sauerkraut. Make sure you purchase or make water-based sauerkraut rather than wine based sauerkraut.
How to Introduce Sauerkraut to Your Dog’s Diet
As with any new foodstuff that you introduce to your dog’s diet you should go slow. The probiotics in sauerkraut are highly concentrated so give your dog’s system time to adjust. For the first few days to a week cut the recommended dosage in half. This will avoid stomach upset as your dog’s system adjusts to the increased quantity of good flora in their GI tract. You can bring the daily dosage up to the recommended amount over the space of a few days to a week or two. If your dog has a negative reaction to the new food stop providing the food to your dog. All of my dogs get kefir, sauerkraut, and yogurt on a daily basis. None of my 10 dogs have ever had a negative reaction to any of these food stuffs.
Recommended Minimum Daily Intake of Sauerkraut
  • Small size dogs – ½ tsp to 1 tbs
  • Medium size dogs – 1tbs to 2 tbs
  • Large dogs – 2 tbs to 3 tbs

You can increase (either a little or by doubling) the daily intake noted above if you wish to increase the number of probiotics ingested by your dog on a daily basis. Just make sure to increase gradually over the space of days or weeks.

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