Fermented foods are a great source of vitamins, minerals and most of all beneficial bacteria. The balance of bacteria in the gut has a vital role in your pet’s immune function and digestive health. While there are many great probiotics on the market, fermented foods have a couple of great advantages. Fermented foods often contain more bacteria compared with probiotics and have a greater variety of bacterial strains. Making your own probiotics for your pets is also more economical compared with many commercial probiotics.
In the video above, I give you a quick tutorial on making fermented berries. These berries are my favorite, as they only take 24 hours to ferment and are a really tasty treat for the whole family!
To make these delicious berries, all you need is:
1 cup of blueberries
1 tablespoon of honey
3 tablespoons of water
¼ teaspoon of vegetable culture starter
Mix the water, the honey and the culture starter in a bowl. Place the blueberries in mason jar. Pour the honey/water mixture over the blueberries until all the berries are submerged. Leave it out on counter out of direct sunlight for 24 hours. You can store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Give as a treat or with meals. The following are guidelines to start your dog or cat on fermented blueberries.
Small dog/cats: Start with one blueberry on food twice daily.
Medium dog: Start with two blueberries on food twice daily.
Large dog: Start with three to four blueberries on food twice daily.
This amount can be increased gradually. Please discontinue and consult with your veterinarian if diarrhea or vomiting occur.
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