Probiotics for Pets

There is something going on with your pet’s digestive system and maybe you have already been referred to look into pet probiotics. There are a few key times in your pet’s life when this is especially recommended:


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1 Beginning stages of life, to build a good bacteria foundation in the stomach.
2 After a course of antibiotics to rebuild the foundation of good bacteria in the stomach.
3 After a de-worming treatment.
4 To address gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhea.

Probiotic supplements can be beneficial for your pet beginning in it’s first stages of life. At birth your pet is born with a sterile stomach. Colonizing healthy bacteria can be incredibly helpful to get your pet’s digestive and immune health off to the right start.

Your pet’s system can be diminished after a course of treatment with antibiotics. The antibiotics cannot differentiate between the friendly bacteria and the pathogenic bacteria, and ends up killing off both. Adding probiotics to your pet’s diet can help to bring them back to optimal health as quickly as possible.

If your pet has worms, it can be incredibly beneficial to add probiotics to their diet after the de-worming treatment. The parasites release toxins when they die that kill bacteria. If your pet is suffering from loss of appetite you can also turn to probiotics to restore their regular appetite.

Probiotics can be beneficial after gastrointestinal upsets like vomiting and diarrhea. Stress, poor diet and pollutants are major contributing factors to a malfunctioning GI tract in your animal. This stress can come in all forms, including inclement weather, travel, separation anxiety, change in diet, and after strenuous exercise.

As a rule of thumb, a combination with prebiotics and plenty of water works best. Prebiotics are a dietary fiber that aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals in your pet’s digestive tract. This fiber contributes to the natural colon health of your pet. They help regulate the digestive transit, contributing to the overall well being of your pet.

Probiotics have a positive effect on the growth of intestinal flora where bacteria resides thus helping to form a natural protective barrier for your pet. It is important to combine both probiotics and prebiotics for a complete digestive support supplement for you pet. These supplements come in many forms to administer to your pet including gels, powder and tablets. It is important to find the right combination that works for your pet and your family that is natural and boosts immune health, improves digestive health and increases nutrient absorption. Consult and work with your vet as to the next appropriate course of action in maintaining your pets health and wellness.

Source:
Douglas Scott
Aug 2010

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