Just like humans, 70% of our pet’s immune system resides in their gut, making their digestive system an integral part of their health and wellbeing. This is where probiotics are little machines of goodness that can give your pet’s immune system a real boost on a daily basis.
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?
Probiotics are essentially a dose of live micro-organisms designed to benefit the host they are administered to. These micro-organisms inhibit harmful bacteria in the gastrointestinal system, such as E.coli, Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens, and colonise the intestines for a variety of health benefits.
WHAT ARE THEIR BENEFITS?
There is growing evidence in the veterinary industry that probiotics are just as beneficial for our furry friends as they are for humans. These benefits include positive effects on chronic GI abnormalities, obesity, liver disease as well as mood and behaviour problems. A probiotic given daily may also improve skin and coat health, breath odour, allergy problems, yeast associated disorders as well as regulate bowel dysfunction and reduce the production of gas.
CAN I USE A HUMAN PROBIOTIC?
While there is no evidence to say that a human-grade probiotic will harm your pet, we are on the same page as most veterinarians who recommend pet owners opt for a dog/cat product that contains the specific strains needed by their species. Humans and their pets have several significant biological differences, including stomach acid, digestive enzymes and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, the safety and effectiveness of human probiotics cannot always be guaranteed for animals like those that have been designed specifically for them.
The strains most commonly beneficial for pets are:
Lactobacillus acidophilus; L.delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus; L.plantarum; L. rhamnosus; Bifidobacterium bifidum; Enterococcus faecium;Streptococcus alivarius subspecies thermophiles, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Streptococcus salivarius subspecies thermophilus
HOW DO I GIVE A PROBIOTIC TO MY PET?
We encourage you to always read the label on how to give probiotics. They are given orally and can generally be included in a treat or in your pet’s food. If you are unsure, always follow instruction as wrongly administered probiotics can easily lose their potency and effectiveness.
Probiotics are being discovered as beneficial for animals as they are for humans, and we have several on Pet Guardians formulated with the required strains for dogs, cats and other pet companions.
PLEASE NOTE: Always speak to your vet before commencing with a supplement change for your pet.