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The Benefits of Probiotics for your Dog and Cat

Published on July 15, 2015 in Cat Health, Dog Health

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Cat and dogs have a digestive system that contains billions of bacteria that continually work to keep their digestion running smoothly. From time to time, your pet’s normal digestion may be interrupted, and she may benefit from a probiotic. Probiotics are live microorganisms that mimic those found naturally in the intestines. Probiotics can help maintain balance in the digestive tract, by introducing multiple species of beneficial microorganisms.

Gastrointestinal upset may lead to vomiting, gas, diarrhea and constipation. The cause of GI problems for dogs is often related to their tendency to eat things they shouldn’t, while cats may suffer digestive upset as a result of parasites in their prey. These uncomfortable GI symptoms are often associated with an imbalance in intestinal microflora (bacteria). These symptoms can be triggered by stress in their environment, dietary indiscretion or food change. Antibiotics may also cause GI upset by killing both good and bad bacteria. A probiotic taken 1- 2 hours after an antibiotic may help introduce good bacteria needed for healthy digestion. Some pets benefit from short term use of probiotics, while other pets may greatly benefit form long term use.

If your pet is experiencing GI issues, a thorough exam by your veterinarian may help to see if probiotics or further treatment is need. If you have any questions, please call Indian Peaks Veterinary Hospital at (303) 938-9474.