Probiotics is a subject that you are, most likely, familiar with. As you probably already know, “probiotic“ is a word that refers to a species of gut-friendly bacteria that come in handy whenever one’s intestinal balance is destroyed due to the use of antibiotics or due to other medical disequilibria.
Similarly to what happens in the human organism, dogs too can suffer from indispositions that have to be treated with probiotics. The most common symptoms that should alert you are diarrhea and a predilection for various medical issues. Usually, whenever these symptoms come up, vets recommend that one starts giving the pet probiotics.
When it comes to selecting good dog probiotics, there are usually a handful of choices that you can opt for. At the current time, the most common “sources“ of this type of friendly bacteria cultures that you can give to your pet are kefir and/or yogurt, special dog food, powders, and capsules.
Differently than the probiotics that people usually take when needed, the before mentioned products contain particular bacteria that are naturally found in the canine gut, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium or Bifidobacterium lactis.
When purchasing such products, it is advisable that owners pay attention to a series of crucial factors that might influence the quality of the prebiotic sources. For instance, specialists point out that, because probiotics contain living bacteria, after buying products that contain them, they should only be kept in a cool environment.
Moreover, when settling for a product, is not necessarily better to pick the probiotic that includes the most strains of bacteria, as some of these strains might be incompatible and might start fighting against each other. Likewise, it is crucial that you use probiotics before their due date. Once they have expired, they are ineffective, because bacteria cultures have a limited lifespan.
Another question that you, as a dog owner might find yourself asking is can I give my dog probiotics while on antibiotics? Well, according to specialists, the answer to this question is yes, as medicines can actually cause intestinal imbalances in pets.
Additionally, some vets have noticed that when under stress, puppies can develop diarrhea. Consequently, if you know that your pet is anxious and therefore likely to go through a rather stressful situation, it might be advisable that you start giving it probiotics in advance in order to help it avoid such painful and unnecessary intestinal issues.
Last but not least, it is recommended that, if your pet’s condition does not improve after a few days on prebiotics, an additional medical investigation should be carried out. What is more, all pet owners should know that no drugs should be administered to the pet without specialized guidance. Therefore, before starting any type of treatment, it is best that you go to your local vet and seek a consult. Overmedicating a pet is a decision that can have long-term harmful effects on the animal’s life and well-being.