The importance of probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial good bacteria that live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. They help strengthen the immune system, improve digestion and stimulate the absorption of nutrients. Most importantly they help prevent the bad bacteria such as E. Coli, Salmonella and Clostridium from taking over your pet’s gut and making them sick. Some examples of probiotics are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium found in yogurt. These same bacteria also live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract.
At times, some medications, toxins, viruses and even bacteria may destroy the intestinal flora of the good bacteria, exposing the intestine to dangerous germs and compromising nutrient absorption. A supplement of probiotics would be beneficial for your pet during these stressful times.
Pet foods are fortified with probiotics and prebiotics the latter being the nutrients (Beet pulp and Inulin) intended to nourish and promote the growth of the good bacteria living in your pet’s colon. Having said this, for the probiotics to be beneficial to your pet’s gastrointestinal tract they must be living at the time of ingestion. Food processing and manufacturing may have killed off these important bacteria.
Adding a supplement to your pet’s food on a regular basis can be beneficial to your pet’s health and especially if your pet is sick and receiving antibiotics that inadvertently also kill the good bacteria. Your dog or cat can easily replenish their bacterial flora by ingesting live prepared probiotics specifically designed for pets. You can easily find probiotic capsules or powder at your Global pet foods store.
Here are some probiotics that you can look for to help improve your pet’s gastrointestinal health Lactobacillus casei;
Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis (bacteria) and Bacillus coagulans, Aspergillus oryzæ and Aspergillus niger
Prebiotics :Inulin (chicory extract) and Beet pulp.
Chantale Robinson MA. SC. A.H.T
Biologiste, Technicienne en Santé Animal