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Gut health – what’s it all about?

  • Do you have a stressed-out dog?
  • Are they producing large, smelly stools (that you have to clean up...)?
  • Do their farts clear the room (especially when you have special guests over!)?

All of these problems can be related to poor gut health.

Probiotics, prebiotics and digestive health are buzz words in the health space right now. And although they are mentioned repeatedly in the media, what you may not realise is that a good quality digestive health supplement: a) Can benefit pets too, and b) Can help solve all kinds of issues, from stress and anxiety, to dull coat, and itchy skin, to stinky stools and smelly farts!

The Digestive K9 story

Poseidon Canine – part of Poseidon Animal Health – created Digestive K9. After welcoming a new puppy Oscar into her family's lives last year, Linda decided the time was right to create a gut health supplement for her other furry four-legged friends. Working with a highly-skilled team – including a holistic veterinarian, canine nutritionist/naturopath, and a microbiologist – Poseidon Canine formulated their first product: Digestive K9. ‘Our Poseidon Equine horse gut health supplements have been hugely successful, and now we are bringing to the market the best doggy digestive supplement ever created!’

Who makes Digestive K9 and what is their story?

Poseidon Animal Health – the Australian start-up behind Poseidon Equine (creators of Australia’s fastest-selling horse gut health supplements) – is the company behind this groundbreaking new gut health product for dogs. The family-owned business has already made a name for itself as the leading horse gut health company, trusted by the experts.

Linda Goldspink-Lord, founder of Poseidon Equine, was inspired to create the company’s first gut health product for horses after she’d experienced the importance of the gut in healing her own health. ‘I hit rock bottom with my own health and then lost my daughter and mother within a few years. But after researching the power of the gut on influencing our emotional regulation and brain, I took a proactive approach to gut health and turned my life around. I then started looking into the possibilities of gut health for healing and helping horses, and Poseidon Equine was born.’

After welcoming a new puppy Oscar into her family's lives last year, Linda decided the time was right to create a gut health supplement for her other furry four-legged friends. Working with a highly-skilled team – including a holistic veterinarian, canine nutritionist/naturopath, and a microbiologist – Poseidon Canine formulated their first product: Digestive K9.

‘Oscar started on some of the ingredients in Digestive K9 when he was only a few months old. The results were amazing. He has grown into this calm, happy dog who copes with anything life throws at him. He has been completely different to any other dog I have ever owned. His level of joy and happiness is amazing to watch and I put it all down to his amazingly healthy gut.’

The feedback from the Digestive K9 trial participants has also been overwhelmingly positive – with many reporting their dogs are more relaxed, less stressed, less anxious, with better skin and coat condition and better sleep patterns. The power of the gut in impacting overall health and wellbeing is truly amazing.

‘We’re so excited about this new product for dogs and the potential it has to make a positive impact on the lives of dogs all around Australia.’ says Linda.

Why is it that digestive supplements can impact everything from behaviour to skin health?

Your dog’s gut houses 70% of their immune system! It also absorbs and digests food and nutrients, removes waste, and houses trillions of microbiota. These oodles of gut bacteria directly impact behaviour, appearance and overall health. (Who knew we were controlled by bacteria?! Bit freaky isn’t it!)

Just like with people, stress, medication, diet and lifestyle affect gut health – and the microbial balance. When the microbiome is out of whack, the rest of the system becomes compromised. Food isn’t as well digested, nutrients can’t be delivered to all the tissues, toxic compounds end up in the bloodstream, and the body’s overall health suffers.

Processed foods, chemicals, pollutants, and sources of anxiety and stress all affect your dog’s gut health. Without any support, there is nothing to restore and support the correct balance.

Is my dog’s anxiety linked to gut health?

If you have a stressed-out dog, you may have tried every remedy under the sun to help support them. Dog trainers, anxiety wraps, pheromone sprays, anti-bark collars, essential oils, even medication. But I am guessing you haven’t thought to try improving your dogs gut bacteria!

As strange as it sounds, the bacteria that live in your dog’s gut can affect their mood and behaviour.

The gut communicates with the brain via a bi-directional highway. We call this pathway the gut-brain axis.

Bacteria in the gut make chemicals that transmit to the brain via this highway. The chemical messages that land can have a big impact. Whether the effects are positive or negative depends on which bacteria are in the gut. Different bacteria make different chemicals - some calming, some triggering.

Certain gut bacteria are present in higher levels in aggressive or anxious dogs. Manipulating the microbiome can reduce anxious behaviours and cortisol (stress hormone) levels! We can positively impact our dogs’ moods and behaviours by restoring gut balance.

Dogs with severe behavioural challenges should visit their vet. Restoring gut balance will no doubt have a positive impact. And may be helpful in managing your pet’s anxiety or aggression.

What are the signs of an unhealthy gut?

  • Anxiety or aggression
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Constipation, Diarrhoea or Vomiting
  • Weight problems
  • Excessive gas
  • Joint issues
  • Infections
  • Itchy skin, skin conditions or a dull coat
  • Lack of energy

If your dog has any of these issues, talk to your vet to rule out any underlying diseases whilst addressing their gut health.

How do I support my dog’s gut health?

Digestive K9 comes in a powder (with dog-approved deliciousness) that is added daily and mixed through your dog’s food.

It’s been created using naturally-sourced ingredients, and evidence-based research to help all stages of your dog’s digestion.

Why should I use Digestive K9

Your dog’s gut health is affected by everything from processed foods, to parasites, to pollutants, to lifestyle stress and anxiety. Giving them strong foundations through good gut health is more important than ever. Best you start today!

How should I start feeding my dog Digestive K9

Digestive K9 should be introduced slowly into your dog’s diet, as adding it too quickly may cause digestive upsets and abrupt changes in taste can turn dogs off their food. We recommend starting your dog on a small pinch of the powder sprinkled over and mixed into their food. Increase this to the recommended dosage rate for your dog’s size gradually over at least a two week (14 day) period, for example:

  • Days 1 - 3: start with a small pinch, increase to 1/4 of the recommended daily dosage
  • Days 4 - 7: increase to 1/2 of the recommended daily dosage
  • Days 8 - 11: increase to 3/4 of the recommended daily dosage
  • Days 12 - 14: increase to the full recommended daily dosage

If you notice any negative changes or your dog doesn’t seem to be enjoying their dinner as much, decrease the amount and build up even more slowly. Most dogs love Digestive K9 but it is a new taste and texture for them to get used to and also has lots of new things for their tummies to get used to as well!

What does it look like?

Digestive K9 is a green powder.

What should I feed my dog if they’re having Digestive K9

The best dog diet is a raw, whole food diet that contains human food-grade fresh ingredients, is low in carbohydrates and high in quality protein. But even if you are not raw feeding yet, don’t let that stop you. You can get started with Digestive K9 health added to your dog’s usual diet straight away.

We have experts we can put you in touch with for more information on how to feed your dog.

How is Digestive K9 different from other supplements?

Digestive K9 is naturally-sourced and evidence-based. Unlike many other supplements and foods on the market, Digestive K9:

  • Doesn’t contain any nasties (artificial fillers, wheat, colours or preservatives, synthetic vitamins or minerals)
  • Contains non-GMO / organic ingredients (especially important for patients with allergies)
  • Targets the entire digestive system
  • Is specifically formulated for dogs
  • Is transparent about all of its ingredients

How does Digestive K9 help dogs?

The naturally sourced ingredients support gut health and balance. Digestive K9 works to:

  • Improve digestion and absorption
  • Reduce inflammation and digestive upset (less gas!)
  • Support the immune system
  • Improve skin health, coat shine and softness
  • Support better quality sleep (did you know dogs need about 14 hours sleep each day?!)
  • And best of all: You will have a happier, more relaxed and healthier dog!

What are the signs Digestive K9 is working?

You’ll know our product is working when you start to notice these things:

  • Fresh breath (check the state of your dog’s teeth too - dental health is so important!)
  • Shiny coat
  • Healthy skin
  • Happy disposition
  • Normal poo
  • Perfect weight
  • Healthy appetite
  • Consistent energy levels
  • Relaxed outlook

How much Digestive K9 should I feed my dog and how long does a bag last?

Dog Type (Weight) Feed Rate 150g Bag 350g Bag
0 - 4kg 0.25 scoop 126 days 296 days
5 - 14kg 0.5 scoop 53 days 147 days
15 - 29kg 1 scoop 32 days 74 days
30 - 44kg 1.5 scoops 21days 49 days
45kg+ 2 scoops 16 days 37 days

Note: 1 scoop is the equivalent of 4.75 grams (roughly 1 teaspoon)

Do I need to feed Digestive K9 every day?

You can and we definitely recommend that you do!

What if my dog doesn’t like the taste of Digestive K9?

Our doggy friends tell us Digestive K9 tastes pretty great. We recommend mixing it through their regular food while they get used to the flavour. It’s easier to mix Digestive K9 into raw/wet foods than into dry food. If feeding dry, moisten it first with a little water and sprinkle the powder on top.

If you’re having trouble feeding your dog Digestive K9, get in touch and one of our experts can talk you through how to get them used to the new taste.

Can I ever stop using it?

You can safely stop using it if and when you choose, but keep in mind that without the gut support, pre-existing issues may reoccur.

What’s the good stuff in Digestive K9?

Bio-K9TM boost
Our uniquely developed special proprietary pre, para and postbiotic is the first of its kind, to provide powerful gut support.

Spirulina
A form of blue green algae, it’s a powerful antioxidant and is very high in a variety of digestive-friendly nutrients.

Ginger
An age-old remedy for upset tummies, it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, nausea-reducing and anti-flatulence benefits.

Pineapple
A delicious addition which contains a group of naturally-occurring enzymes to break down protein, and also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities.

Oat straw
To relieve mucous membrane irritation, and help with pancreatic insufficiency. Oat straw also has beneficial effects on the nervous system.

Green-lipped mussels
Green-lipped Mussels are an excellent source of glucosamine and chondroitin (to promote healthy joints), as well as Omega 3 fatty acids.

Glutamine
For amino acids and to support the nervous system.

Lactobacillus acidophilus
To stabilise your dog’s gut flora, while increasing resistance to invasion by external micro-organisms.

Arabinogalactan
A prebiotic fibre that protects the intestinal wall and helps control diarrhoea and digestive upset.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae
To support intestinal microbial populations and reduce the impact of diet and stress on the intestinal bacteria.

Bromelain
A naturally occurring digestive enzyme that breaks down proteins to reduce bloating, constipation and improve digestion.

Carrot pomace
Protects the intestinal cell wall from bacteria and viruses, and can reduce digestive upset.

What are the prebiotics in Digestive K9?

We’ve included two prebiotics in Digestive K9. The first is derived from fermented yeast, and the second is our proprietary pre, para and postbiotic which has been developed especially for this product. Both are safe and approved for canine consumption.

What CFU (colony forming units) count is in Digestive K9?

Digestive K9 uses a probiotic concentrate of 50 billion cfu/g to start our fermentation. However, the cfu/g count is not the main focus of Digestive K9. Through the fermentation of ingredients rich in prebiotics, our canine specific probiotic starter culture produces postbiotics, and this unique product contains a holistic blend of prebiotics, postbiotics and Lactobacillus cells harvested from the fermentation.

Are all of the ingredients in Digestive K9 sourced locally or imported?

We have scoured the world to find the best quality ingredients to formulate Digestive K9, which includes Europe and New Zealand. The organic liver has been sourced from Australian beef.

Can I feed a joint supplement with Digestive K9?

Yes, absolutely you can feed a joint supplement in conjunction with Digestive K9. Be sure to read the ingredients list though, as you may find many of the ingredients listed on your joint supplement may also be in our product (eg. Green-Lipped Mussel is a common ingredient in joint supplements). Though Digestive K9 is primarily aimed at promoting good digestion and gut health, the active ingredients in it can have a whole range of other benefits, so you might not need to continue with additional supplements.

Can I feed Digestive K9 to my cat or other animals?

No. We have designed Digestive K9 to be specifically suited to dogs as our specially formulated fermented ingredient is derived from canine bacteria. All other ingredients included are safe to feed to cats, however, it is because of this specific ingredient that we would recommend against feeding it to your cat.

Can I use Digestive K9 on a puppy? Pregnant/lactating bitch? Stud dog? Older dog?

Yes, yes, yes and YES! Gut health is so incredibly important, and getting your puppy’s digestive system working well right from the start will set him/her on a great path for a healthy life. Healthy parents (especially bitches) make for healthy, happy pups and supporting breeding dogs' health is of vital importance. However, it is never too late to start improving gut health, so older dogs can also benefit. We always recommend consulting with your veterinarian if you are unsure.

My dog is too fat/too skinny! Will Digestive K9 make my dog gain/lose weight?

A dog being overweight or underweight is largely due to an inappropriate diet/ration and/or lack of (or too much) exercise. We recommend having your dog’s diet and exercise routine checked by a veterinarian or dog nutritionist if you have any concerns.

Can Digestive K9 be used for racing greyhounds?

Yes,absolutely, in fact; we recommend it! Gut health is widely known to increase performance and therefore may have some significant benefits to your racing dog.

Is it swabbable?

No, Digestive K9 does not contain any swabbable ingredients.

Is Digestive K9 the same as Digestive EQ or other Poseidon products?

Though Digestive K9 and Digestive EQ are both aimed at promoting and improving digestive health, they have very different ingredients and modes of action. After all, horses and dogs have vastly different digestive systems and require completely different foods. We do not recommend feeding either to the other.

Can I feed Digestive K9 when my dog is on medication?

Though Digestive K9 is a very safe product, we recommend contacting your veterinarian if your dog is on medication to ensure it will not have any negative effects.

Is Digestive K9 safe for my dog?

For dogs with existing conditions or who are on medication, we recommend consulting with your veterinarian before starting a new supplement. This includes, for example, dogs who:

  • Are taking medication
  • Have a blood coagulation disorder
  • Have gallstones
  • Have an allergy or food sensitivities
  • Have a fever
  • Are pregnant or nursing
  • Have a stomach ulcer
  • Have phenylketonuria
  • Have an autoimmune disease
  • Have a thyroid condition
  • Have severe liver disease
  • Have seizures
  • Have severe behavioural disorders
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