Perhaps you are taking one yourself and have wondered if your fur friend should be? Probiotics are everywhere nowadays, and we’ve listed the main pros and cons of giving this supplement to your pet.
Probiotics contain live microorganisms and aim to improve and maintain the healthy function of the gastrointestinal tract. They particularly come in to play when there is an unhealthy balance between “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria, which can often be caused by factors such as stress, poor diet, infection and antibiotics.
In addition to gut health, probiotics can also boost immune health by treating infections within the body, as well as treating some allergies and inflammatory diseases. This is understandable as the immune system is directly linked with gut health in animals as well as humans.
Probiotics are perfectly safe to be given continually as they are micro-organisms that occur naturally within the body.
In simple cases, probiotics can eventually be reduced to every other day or even a few times a week without the effect of them decreasing. Once your pet has been taking the recommended dose for a couple of months, you can try experimenting to see how much you need to maintain maximum benefits.
Because the probiotic is in the form of a supplement the “good” bacteria cannot remain in the gut and reproduce effectively for any large amount of time, therefore benefits will only remain while the supplement is being taken. This is fine if used for a short term problem, like counteracting antibiotics, but means that supplementation must be continuous for chronic illnesses.
Pet Guardians recommends that you consult your vet before making any changes or additions to your pet's diet/supplement routine.