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How to Better your Pets Gut Health with Milk Kefir

Milk Kefir is rather similar to yoghurt in look and taste. It is of a thinner consistency with higher amounts of protein and fat and is loaded with probiotics; unlike yoghurt kefir also contains yeast.

Kefir, made from kefir grains and cow’s milk, goats milk, coconut milk or even water has good health benefits for both humans and animals. Kefir is not new, it originated many years ago. As researchers continue to study the benefits of Kefir it is becoming increasingly popular and is being described by some as a superfood.

So how can Kefir benefit our beloved pets?

Dogs are known to be lactose intolerant but through the fermentation process the majority of milk is transformed into lactic acid, making the Milk Kefir largely suitable for cats and dogs.

Ongoing research has highlighted some of the great benefits our furry friends can enjoy from this delicious, probiotic filled kefir:

  • treating: digestive issues

  • improving: the immune system

  • managing: eczema

Digestive Issues

Has your pooch had a recent bout of diarrhoea or been on antibiotics? This could have disturbed the balance of good bacteria in their gut. The probiotics in Milk Kefir will help restore the balance.

Immune System

The gut plays an important part in protecting the body from bacteria and other nasties. Probiotics can play a role by increasing immunity markers. So this is a great boost of the good stuff, especially for those of our furry friends that are getting on in age.


Research continues, but It is thought that probiotics given to puppies could be used as a measure to prevent this condition developing.

Let us not forget about our feline friends either. Milk Kefir is safe for them too and they will enjoy the benefits in much the same way. The research is promising and ongoing.


As with anything new, it is always very important that it is introduced slowly with the reaction monitored; start with a small dose and increase weekly until you reach the full dose.

The recommended dose for dogs is:

  • Small dogs: 1-3 teaspoons (5 – 15ml) per day

  • Medium dogs: 1-2 tablespoons (15 – 30ml) per day

  • Large dogs: 2-4 tablespoons (30 – 60ml) per day

  • Small to normal sized cat: 1 teaspoon (5ml) per day

Milk Kefir, with all of its wonderful properties is the perfect addition to your pet’s diet. If you would like to know more about this, please feel free to contact us.

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