Gut health isn't just for humans.... - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Dogs in the wild scrounge and have access to a huge variety of food, and therefore, bacterias and microbes. The 'modern' domesticated dog's diet generally lacks sufficient diversity, or enough different kinds of bacteria.

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Processed dog food, medication and even stress can have an impact on your dog's microbiome. All dogs have hundreds of different types of bacteria and microbes in its gastrointestinal tract. At McDowells we've seen a very large increase microbiome-associated disease and issues in the dogs we treat. 

Signs that your dog's digestive system is off:

  • Eating and licking unusual things like dirt
  • Eating poo from other animals
  • Sloppy, smelly poo (diarrhoea)
  • Constipation or irrigular bowel movements
  • Skin conditions like irritations, scabs, scaley skin, 
  • Constant licking and chewing at themselves

What can you do?

The first and most important step is adding variety and new microbes to your dog's diet!


Prebiotics are substances, such as inulin (slippery elm is a great source!) and fibres that form part of the diet promote the growth of healthy gut microbes.


Probiotics are becoming more common but do not become permanent in your dog’s microbiome - you have to continue to add them.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir and apple cider vinegar are all safe to feed your dog.

Raw Food

McDowells advocate a diet of raw food as a natural source of microbes. 

Get outside in nature!

And last, but not least, getting outside into nature is as essential to your dog as it is for you! Bacterias nare everywhere in nature: in dirt, plants, and even in the air. Ensuring you both get fresh air, sunlight and movement will make for a happier, healthier pooch!

Have a question? Contact McDowell's Herbal Treatments

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McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose your disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.

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