Healthspan June 19, 2018

 When it comes to superhero supplements, probiotics are definitely on the list. Everybody needs an army of ‘good’ bacteria on their side, including our pets. 

The word ‘probiotic’ literally translates as ‘for life’, versus antibiotic which means ‘against life’ – but antibiotics are just one of many things which can tip you’re the bacteria in your pet’s gut off balance.

Back in balance

When your pet is born, these bacteria are in perfect balance – which is important because they serve several functions, including immune and digestive health. However, once they’re off-balance (infections, parasites, stress and age, as well as antibiotics are just some of the reasons this may happen), we need to consumer billions of friendly bacteria to allow for effective colonisation in the gut. This is where supplements come in, supplying high (and measurable) concentrations of friendly bacteria.

Does your pet need probiotics?

As mentioned above, there are a number of things which can negatively impact the balance of bacteria in your pet’s gut, so the chances are that most pets will benefit from probiotics at one point or another. Sometimes there are no outward indications that your pet’s bacteria are off-balance, but equally, many pet owners observe symptoms like:

  • Sensitive digestion
  • Upset tummy/runny stools
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Dull coat (an outward indication of poor digestion)

Time to try?

If you think your pet could do with a boost to their overall health, always consult your vet to ensure nothing more sinister is going on and administer a probiotic in accordance with their advice.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.



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