Good Dog Digestion is the Source of Good Health
Dog digestion is the hub on which all other body systems depend. Dog digestion is the first line of defense. If your dog's food is not digested and assimilated properly, due to malabsorption, all other body systems will pay the price.
Your dog's digestive system is responsible for three things:
Dogs are meant to consume proper canine nutrition, certain types of food.
Mother Nature has deemed this to be so!
You might be a strict vegetarian, but your dog is not.
There are two types of carnivores:
If you feed your dog, food that by nature, his digestive system was not meant to eat...expect dog health problems sooner or later.
Canine Digestive System
This system of organs is really just one long system including:
Learn more about the organs of the Canine Digestive System here.
When your dog's digestive tract is healthy and working properly, it will absorb vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It will also prevent substances such as undigested food, bacteria, viruses and the waste products of metabolism, from entering the blood stream.
All of these important functions depend on good dog digestion. These necessary processes for health, will not happen if the intestines become permeable ( having microscopic size small holes ) due to inflammation and malabsorption. This called Leaky Gut Syndrome, and yes, dogs can suffer from this too.
Since your dog's digestive system is so long, most of his Immune System resides here. So it follows that if digestive function is impaired, so will Immune function be impaired.
An important part of proper Immune function is the good bacteria which resides in the Gastro Intestinal tract. All mammals have this, including you. There should be billions of good bacteria living naturally in the small and large intestines.
When the flora ( bacteria ) in the gut is in balance here's what happens:
vegetable fiber is fermented and broken down
bad ( harmful) bacteria is kept in check
toxic substances are broken down and made ready for elimination out of the body
Inflammatory bowel disease that occurs when your dog's digestive system is compromised, will adversely affect immune function. This will leave your dog at risk for dog health problems, including canine allergies, and other digestive diseases related to poor quality food.
If you are confronted with a dog health issue, no matter what it is, you need not look any further than your dogs digestive system.
A poorly functioning digestive system, is the root cause of all disease, and directly affects your dog's Immune System, on which everything else depends.
The first step to keeping dog digestion working properly is by feeding a more Species Appropriate Diet.