We humans aren't the only ones who can suffer from fall or winter blues.
The days are short, it is cold, sometimes rainy, we lack warmth and light - this can also affect our pets' mood. Especially seniors, for whom the weather may increase pain in their joints and muscles
Of course, what is important is physical contact with the animal, physical and mental activity and regular walks in the fresh air, even on uncomfortable days. Apart from that, you should take care of the dog's intestinal microbiome, especially in autumn and winter.
The composition of the intestinal microbiota is crucial for intestinal health and therefore for digestion - logically.
It is now well known that the immune system depends largely on the nature of the intestinal colonization.
What is particularly interesting with regard to the pleasant and relaxed mood is the communication between the intestines and the nervous system.
The intestine is the largest sensory organ in the body. It is encompassed along its entire length by the enteric nervous system (ENS).
The ENS is functionally very similar to the brain: it has the same embryonic origin, has identical neuronal networks and also reacts to neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
And the ENS constantly communicates with the brain via the vagus nerve.