Healthy Dogs Have Healthy Guts


Gut health is the single most important factor in the overall health of your dog. Bold statement, but consider this: over 70% of you dogs immune system lives in their gut.

Without a healthy gut the rest of the body just can’t work properly, and that’s how you get problems like allergies and cancer. Great gut health means better immunity and reduced inflammation. It also means no smelly farts, bad breath and sloopy poos!


The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is all the parts of the digestive system from mouth to bum, including the stomach and intestines along the way. Here’s the amazing part - the gut is actually outside the body! The GIT is basically a long tube that winds it’s way through the body, breaking down food as it goes along. The walls of the gut are designed to allow nutrients to get through but stop everything else that might be harmful. 

But if the gut isn’t healthy, this extremely important system doesn’t work properly. It can lead to things like toxins and pathogens crossing the intestinal wall into the blood stream - which is called leaky gut syndrome. The body then works hard to get rid of them, which causes inflammation and health problems for your dog. 

Conditions associated with chronic inflammation include:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cognitive Problems
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Obesity
  • Skin & Coat Disorder
  • Urinary Tract Disorder


Obviously the best way to cultivate a healthy gut is through diet. After all, that’s what it’s designed to break down! This is why it’s so important to feed your dog a species appropriate raw diet. It should be made with high quality ingredients, not contain any chemicals or synthetic nutrients, and be properly balanced to contain all the nutrients your dog needs to thrive.


Probiotics and probiotics are essential to the healthy balance of microbes in your dogs gut. Probiotics are “good” bacteria that live in the gut, which work to eliminate “bad” bacteria and pathogens. And prebiotics are the nutrients which feed them! Fermented foods like kefir and sauerkraut are a great source of probiotics, helping to balance the microbes in your dog’s gut.

We're all about great gut health at Whoa Nelly! Dog Food. Having a healthy gut means a healthy dog, less trips to the vet and a happy long life. Here’s the key reasons why Whoa Nelly is good for the gut:

  • raw & balanced
  • made with quality organic ingredients
  • lacto-fermented “Nelly Belly” for probiotics & enzymes
  • anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, coconut oil and ginger

It’s also delicious - or so I’m told! We strongly believe feeding your dog a high quality, properly balanced food that includes fermented and functional foods is the best way to look after your dog.

Jimi WallComment