Did you know that dirt is good for the microbiome. Both ours and our dogs. For us humans dirt contains a microbe called Mycobacterium vaccae which may stimulate the production of serotonin, which is critical to our feelings of happiness and well being.
So, how does dirt benefit our dogs. Soil based organisms, or SBO’s for short, are so helpful for the health of our dogs microbiome. SBO’s are spore based and able to with stand the highly acidic environment of the dog’s stomach. How do dogs get these organisms you may ask? Playing and rolling in the dirt and eating the grass. In eating grass, they are also eating the dirt with the SBO’s attached.
In this wonderful article by Dr. Jeannie Thomason of “The Whole Dog” she explains the benefit of SBO’s.
My advice, let your dog play in the dirt and let him eat the dirt. It’s healthy for him and his microbiome.