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Probiotics for Dogs / Probiotics for Cats / Does My Pet Need a Probiotic?

Probiotics for Dogs / Probiotics for Cats / Does My Pet Need a Probiotic?
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Herbal remedies to help maintain gut health and help to reduce digestive upset in dogs and cats.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems including the immune system, the liver, bone marrow and adrenals. 

Your animal’s digestive tract is the largest "frontline" immune organ in its body. Dogs and cats come in contact with more harmful bacteria than humans do, and their digestive tracts are able to handle a large amount of harmful bacteria due to the "friendly" bacteria in their guts. This friendly bacteria acts as a defense against all the potentially harmful bacteria and other microorganisms that your dog eats or inhales. 

Probiotics for dogs are essential to keep the "bad bacteria" in check and the dogs' intestinal microfloral in balance. Probiotics are beneficial strains of bacteria that maintain and restore the normal balance of microflora (bacteria) in the gastrointestinal tract. In other words, probiotics are the "good, friendly bacteria" that are used to combat the "bad, harmful bacteria" that have grown out of proportion due to numerous reasons, such as normal intestinal balance may have been disrupted by drugs, like antibiotics, or steroids. 

Other reasons that can disrupt intestinal balance:

Dietary change or poor diet 

Exposure to a pathogenic virus or bacteria 

Exposure to pollutants or allergens, such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc. 

Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract 

Stress due to changes in environment, visiting guests, new adoptions, etc. 

Having a constant supply of friendly bacteria in your pet’s GI tract can help prevent a wide range of health problems, and balanced microflora is essential to supporting healthy immunity. Friendly bacteria must be present in optimal numbers and ratio (approx. 85% beneficial to 15% non-beneficial). If the balance gets out of whack, your dog's immune system will be compromised and will most likely develop digestive problems as well as an increased susceptibility to other health problems. 

Probiotics include a variety of strains, most of which are lactic acid bacteria, such as L. acidophilus, and L. bulgaricus. Recent research shows that if you want optimal health for your dog or cat, a Probiotic supplement should contain at least 10 beneficial strains of bacteria. 

Probiotics for dogs and cats can aid food digestion and improve lactose intolerance and are effective in preventing and treating intestinal disorders caused by poor digestion, such as diarrhea, vomiting, gas, and bloating. 

There is a connection between intestinal disorders and the following problems:

Arthritis 

Yeast infection (Candida) 

Chronic constipation 

Asthma 

Food allergy and intolerance 

Skin Irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema, etc. 

Probiotics are nutritive and can manufacture vitamin B groups, biotin and folic acid and  stimulate the immune system, improving health and general physical wellbeing of our dogs and cats 

Given to puppies and kittens, probiotics can improve growth by aiding digestion and absorption of nutrients, antioxidants and iron from food 

Probiotics can also enhance appetite and increase energy levels, so they are beneficial to aging animals or dogs with low energy levels.

Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial 

Some Probiotic bacteria contain anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that can inhibit the growth of some yeast (such as Candida albicans), and can produce natural antibiotics that overpower pathogenic bacteria or microorganisms, such as salmonella, E-Coli, etc. 

Other probiotic bacteria seem to be able to act as catalysts that trigger the immune system of the gastrointestinal tract to produce and synthesize different chemicals and hormones, resulting in a reduction of damage due to inflammation. 

Probiotics are also useful for: 

  1. Puppy and kitten stage to provide digestive and intestinal support during critical development phases. At birth, the puppy's and kitten’s intestinal tract is relatively "clean" and sterile and Probiotics can fortify the tract with beneficial bacteria at this stage.
  1. Probiotics are also beneficial when a puppy or kitten begin to wean as it can help the digestive system to transition from mother’s milk to puppy/kitten food, assisting in food digestion and nutrient absorption. 
  1. After Antibiotic Regimens, antibiotics kill off the good beneficial bacteria in an animal’s digestive tract. Supplementing your pet’s diet with Probiotics after antibiotic treatment will help replenish beneficial bacteria and restore balance of  intestinal microflora in the tract, especially if your pet suffers from digestive disorders such as diarrhea and gastric ulceration.
  2. Allergies / Skin Problems (itching, eczema) can be related to an imbalance in the intestines and supplementing with Probiotics reduce symptoms.
  3. Stressful situations and events (e.g. long trips, vaccinations, environmental changes, surgery) can result in reduced appetite, malnutrition and weakened immunity and Probiotics can help improve digestion and strengthen the immune system during stressful times. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies may help support Probiotic native microflora, as well as may help support intestinal and digestive balance in dogs and cats, may help promote immune health, may help promote gut health, may help support smooth muscle tissues, may help to prevent digestive upset in dogs and cats, including symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, gas, bloating,natural plant chemicals may help deliver natural steroids and antibiotics, as well as may help support general native gut balance.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders; helps promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) contains prebiotic, probiotics and digestive enzymes and more, used holistically to help support a healthy digestive tract; to help maintain native gut flora, soothe stomach upset and support proper elimination; to lend nutritional support for balanced immune health; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; to help support lymphatic function; may help fight stomach and urinary infections, as well as general infections found in the animal body, due to its natural plant based steroid content and healthy plant chemicals which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

Digestion Meal Topper (learn more) - contains prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes, to help maintain native gut flora and support healthy digestion and a healthy digestive tract; containing adaptogens which are specialized, healthy natural plant chemicals, able to identify digestive disorders and works to nutritionally correct digestive upset; adaptogen content  may help correct bladder, kidney and upper and lower urinary tract infections; natural antioxidants and plant steroids help fight stomach infections and limit stomach inflammation; soothes stomach upset, supports proper elimination and nutritionally supports balanced immune health.

Digestion Starter Pack – (learn more) contains prebiotics and probiotics to help maintain native gut flora and support healthy digestion and a healthy digestive tract; containing adaptogens which are specialized, healthy natural plant chemicals, able to identify digestive disorders and works to nutritionally correct digestive upset; adaptogen content  may help correct bladder, kidney and upper and lower urinary tract infections; natural antioxidants and plant steroids help fight stomach infections and limit stomach inflammation; soothes stomach upset, supports proper elimination and nutritionally supports balanced immune health.

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