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Microbes – Our Ancient Allies



The Key to Longevity


Bacteria is the number 1 ingredient missing in pet foods.


Microscopic organisms – our ancestors and allies – transform food and extend its usefulness. Fermentation is found throughout human cultures. Hundreds of medical and scientific studies confirm what folklore has always known: Fermented foods help people stay healthy. And they can help your pet too.



                            It is a form of superfood linked with longevity. 



It began when I came across a study of cheetahs which indicates the presence of undigested tissue, such as skin, bone and cartilage acting as a kind of “fiber” in the diet. The study found that whole prey consumption was associated with many changes in the gut associated with fiber fermentation in human guts.


It is not too much of a stretch to say that in the wild, cats gets a dose of natural “probiotics” with every meal, eating the stomach contents and digestive tract of their prey. The ancestor of dogs, the wolf, may not eat the stomach contents of their prey, but they do consume the rumen (tripe). Unprocessed, green tripe is an amazing source of lactic acid bacteria.  Thus our hunting wild dogs and feral cats would normally, naturally have a constant supply of bacteria to feed their gastrointestinal tracts, their microbiomes.



                        84 percent of the  immune system is based in the gut.



The diet we feed our cats and dogs, even those feeding fresh food, is often devoid of healthy bacteria – “probiotics” –  unless we supplement them. The addition of probiotics to every dog’s and cat’s diet may be an important contributor to their long term health.


The microbiome is the very defense mechanism that not only protects against deadly pathogenic organisms, but drives immunity and health cultivation. In fact, seventy percent (70%) of your pet’s immune cells reside in the gut alongside the microbiome. Incredibly, a unique communicatory partnership exists between the gut (immune cells and microflora) and the brain. That means the bacteria in your gut can affect your behaviour.


Also, the microbiome is your pet’s dominant military defense against the proliferation of pathogenic organisms as well as the foundation of immune response, nutrient absorption, mental poise, hormone balance, and the forces behind the cultivation of optimal health and healing.


As a result of this exciting science, the popularity among probiotic and prebiotic supplements has increased and will continue its wave of popularity as a greater understanding of the microbiome continues to come to light. But are these supplements really all that beneficial and worth the expense?


In short, no.


Continually feeding your pet a probiotic supplement is often a fruitless endeavor and waste of money. Realize that you are introducing hundreds of thousands of a mere three, maybe ten, species of bacteria to your dog’s microbiome that should contain upwards of a few thousand species of microorganisms. Attempting to cultivate a microbiome with a mere three to ten species and a few billion CFU (colony forming unit is a joke. Forget the probiotic supplements and focus on cultivating the microbiome the way nature intended.



Cultivating a Strong Microbiome


To cultivate a strong and healthy microbiome, implement the following strategies:


  • Offer a varied and balanced species-appropriate raw diet.


  • Get your dog out into the fresh air, especially where nature is abundant. Exercise them and stir up the grasses, soil, and trees. Microorganisms enter your dog’s body through their noses and via their fur and skin. So do ringworms and the likes, I know, but really, your dog should have been protected from this with regular treatments, and the odds of inhaling good bacteria is infinitesimally higher than contracting any bad ones so long your pet is not eating some poo or lapping up stagnant drain water or rolling in a decaying body. Basically, let it romp in places where life is abundant.


  • Also, consider offering foods that have been subjected to “wild fermentation.” If you want to feed your pet fermented foods, make sure you are either fermenting foods at home using the wild method or do not offer at all. Most fermented foods are not species-appropriate and may cause intestinal upset. Yogurt is not recommended as most products contain carrageenan and other thickening agents. Stick with kefir or cottage cheese that has nothing added.


Having arrived at the last point, us, being us, turned towards a natural way to produce probiotics, and for good reason. Something like yogurt or probiotic supplements usually only have a couple of strains of live bacteria, if any. Something we ferment ourselves using kefir will contain maybe around 100 billion CFU with dozens of various fearsome lactobacillus, bifidobacterium, saccharomyces  and bacillus strains protecting you, with some of the notable superheroes being:


When we looked at our puree through a microscope, this was what we saw…


Lactobacillus Plantarum. (Iron Man)  

L. Plantarum is Iron Man, with its repulsors which shoot out palm blasts to disintegrate food particles for better digestion as well as bolster the body’s immune system. The energy blasts also obliterate alien molds, fungi and their respective toxins that can threaten the nervous system.


Like the robotic super hero it is, it can also bind itself magnetically to intestinal cells, freaking out harmful pathogens from approaching and colonizing the gut lining, thereby preventing them from getting into the body.


L. plantarum Iron Man also emits jets of fatty acids to lower pH in the gut, as well as produces antitoxins fumes to inhibit pathogen expansion. It is your gatekeeper against alien invaders. Watch Avengers 1, climactic alien fight to see what we mean.


Bifidobacterium Longum. (Scarlet Witch) 

B. Longum has got to be Scarlet Witch with its psychic powers to communicate through the gut-brain axis and produce an anxiety-reducing influence on dogs. Studies have found that by introducing Scarlet Witch and letting it propagate in your dog’s gut into many Scarlet Witches, 90 percent of dogs improved their day-to-day anxious behaviour, including a reduction in barking, jumping, spinning and pacing. 


Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Vision) 

S. Cerevisiae is not really your typical human Avenger in the sense that it does not belong in the common lactobacillus or bifidobacterium probiotic group that most of you would be familiar with. It is more of a yeast, and a very good one because, using its third eye, it can shoot out laser beams which are neuroprotective, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, immune booster, antimalarial, and anti-tumoral.


Also, Vision has got regenerative powers which means it can help your pet’s respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disorcers, and immune-compromised diseases.


Bacillus Subtilis (Thor)


Bacillus Subtilis viewed under a microscope


Probably one of the most important probiotic strain that we recommend. In fact we need Thor’s BGM (Immigrant Song) when we talk about this.


Thor is also known as the natto bacteria, so you know straightaway it’s got to do with longevity. I mean, Thor is immortal isn’t he? He’s alien to the rest too. Most probiotics are lactic acid bacteria, but this one is an earth-based bacteria, which only means it is much more indestructible. It can survive up to almost 300 degress celcius, so, technically, you can cultivate this on chicken wings, deep-fry, and the probiotic functions will still be intact. It can also survive deep-freeze easily, as well as the super acidic environment that is your pet’s gut. Bacillus subtilis Thor is related to lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol readings, regulating blood sugars, and boosting immune activity.


Significantly, Thor can summon lightning strikes that forms a protective forcefield (anaerobic environment), allowing the other probiotic (but more fragile) Avengers to survive the harsh habitat of the gut and proliferate better. Bacillus subtilis Thor is cultured specifically in our red cabbage puree.



And loads loads more other Avenger strains (maybe over 60?) associated with good health…


Remember, these scary microbes are on your side. Let any Alien e.coli, salmonella, listeria, or campylobacter bacteria sneak into your pet’s gut and its gonna be Hulk Smash all over again.



That’s not all. Fermented vegetables rids your pet’s body of toxins, including heavy metals. The fermentation process, which can be compared to the digestion process in the gut of a prey, makes the nutrients inside the food more bioavailable as well. It produces vitamin C, vitamin K2, metabolic enzymes, and choline (nourishes the blood) which happens to be in only moderate supply in raw diets. As if that’s not enough, the lactic acid produced by fermentation is a chemical repressor that fights cancer cells too.



Microbes – Our Ancient Allies


By experimenting with kombucha (fermented organic decaffeinated green tea), raw cultured whey, beet kvass, fermented sardines and kefir, we have created our own category and became one of the first fermented raw pet food suppliers in the pet industry.


Yes, we are still waiting for the Nobel Prize Committee to call us.