Stewie went to the vet this morning, just to double-check that nothing was wrong. After a few more tests, the vet determined that there is something wrong with the disc(s) in his neck. I wish I could explain it better, but obviously I’m not a vet & can’t articulate it quite as well as the doctor could.
To help with his neck pain, he was given some medicine & he will be on “strict rest” for the next 4 weeks – no rigorous playing or long walks.
The tests that he went through today were painful (which we could tell from the horrible wincing sounds he was making!) but Chris & I are both happy that we know what’s wrong & can work on getting him better!
Now, onto the topic of probiotics. (Sorry; there’s not really an easy transition from dog health to tummy health! )
A few weeks ago, I was contacted about trying GoodBelly probiotics.
Of course I had heard of probiotics before, but I wasn’t 100% sure of what to expect from the product.
Luckily, the GoodBelly website provides tons of helpful information on probiotics & the products they sell:
- “Probiotics are living microorganisms, which, when taken in adequate amounts, have a beneficial effect on the body. Not all beneficial bacteria are given this heroic ‘probiotic’ title, though. First and foremost, in order to be deemed a probiotic, the strain must be shown to survive the stomach’s acidic environment in order to reach the rest of the digestive tract where it does the majority of its work.”
- Probiotics help to promote digestive health* in several ways.
- Digestive health & the immune system are strongly linked; one must have a healthy digestive system to have a healthy immune system.
- GoodBelly products come in a variety of forms, depending on your lifestyle & how you wish to consume your probiotics. (Check them all out here!)
* “Some studies suggest that GoodBelly’s probiotics may help balance bacteria in your gut when consumed daily as part of a nutritious diet & healthy lifestyle. GoodBelly is a food product & not a treatment or care for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, you should consult your healthcare professional.”
GoodBelly offers customers a “12-day Challenge” – if you try their products for 12 days & don’t feel satisfied with the results, they will refund you for a 12-day supply. (You can read more about this challenge here.)
I finally got the chance to track down some GoodBelly (I found it at Wegman’s) & figured there was no time like the present to get started on the 12-day challenge. I’m fully stocked & ready to go:
I purchased three different flavors – strawberry, blueberry acai, & mango, & I tried out the mango first:
I was impressed with the taste, but I imagine it’ll take a few days to determine if I feel any better/different, physically.
I definitely plan on letting you all know how the 12-day challenges plays out once it’s complete!
Have you tried any probiotic products? Do you find that they help your digestive health?
Disclaimer: I was provided coupons to try GoodBelly probiotics out for free, however any & all opinions will be my own!