The pandemic has made many of us think more about our health as well as the health of our loved ones, which obviously includes our pets. A recent study shows pet parents are paying extra attention to the health of their cats and dogs with particular concern being their pet’s anxiety and stress as well as their immunity. That makes sense! Life has been stressful and anything that can help our most loyal companions stay healthy is a load of our minds.
Dog immunity was on our minds when we made our second dog cookie. Not only does Pumpkin Noochies Organic Dog Cookies have the health benefits of pumpkin (fiber!), and the flavor of Vermont maple syrup, but this yummy dog treat has something we’ve come to think of as a magical ingredient — a yeast-derived beta glucan.
What are beta glucans?
Beta glucans naturally occur in foods, and specific types of yeast beta glucans, like the ones in Pumpkin Noochies Organic Dog Cookies, have been clinically proven to help support the immune system.
How does ours work?
Yeast-derived beta glucans work by activating immune cells thereby stimulating the immune system and keeping it at a heightened awareness so it's ready to efficiently fight off invaders. The overall effect is to “prime” the immune system to act more efficiently, rather than “boost” it.
Studies have also shown yeast-derived beta glucans to have relieved symptoms in dogs with inflammation in joints, skin and bowels.
Finding the right strain of beta glucan
Oats and mushrooms are also types of beta glucans but they are not the same strain as the yeast-derived one we choose for Pumpkin Noochies. To be clear, only yeast-derived beta glucans (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) have been shown to have immune-supporting properties.
Here is a little more on the differences between the three beta glucans.
In short, baker’s yeast-derived beta glucans have been proven to:
And what better way to support your pup’s immunity than with a yummy treat?