|Introduction to Probiotics
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What are probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that naturally occur in the intestines of all mammals, and are imperative for good health. They can easily get depleted; for example, due to stress or antibiotics. Probiotic supplements are a natural way to keep your pet healthy and feeling their best! Probiotics provide many health benefits, such as:
Why feed probiotics? A proper balance of microorganisms in your pet's gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is critical to optimal health. When the microflora in your pet's GIT is balanced, your pet will be energetic, happy, and experience better overall health. Pets can't tell us how they feel, and like all animals, they hide discomfort because they believe their life depends on not being the weak member of the pack or pride. Feed a probiotic daily and see the difference in your pet!
Is your pet left alone or otherwise stressed? One of the most significant factors in pet health today is stress. Pets are often left alone during the day. Plain and simple, they worry. And pets experience stress in situations that we may not even be aware of, such as loud TV shows, loud conversations, going to the vet, the introduction or loss of companions (human and pet), moving, riding in the car, giving birth, weaning, performing at competitions and shows, and many other occassions.
These stresses lead to changes in pH in the stomach and intestines, which can kill and/or prevent the growth of beneficial microorganisms. Not only is their gut depleted of these naturally protective microorganisms, it's the perfect situation for pathogens to establish themselves. Pathogens can make pets sick by competing for available nutrients and starving the beneficial microorganisms, or through the production of toxins.
Is your pet a picky eater? Often the reason for picky eating is not because they don't like the food—it's because they have a queasy stomach. Probiotics can be a tremendous help in this situation.
Is your pet hungry all of the time? Many pets are comfort eaters. Pets realize that eating cures the ache of hunger. They then believe that any discomfort can be cured by eating! Resolve the underlying discomfort and your pet will feel more like playing and the desire to over-eat will be diminished.
Is your pet taking antibiotics? Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria. However, a side effect is that they may also kill beneficial bacteria. It's common for doctors to recommend probiotics when humans or pets are taking antibiotics; probiotics can be essential in repopulating the intestinal microflora that antibiotics often destroy. Probiotics can prevent secondary infections and may help the animal recover faster. Antibiotics can also destroy probiotics so feed probiotics at least four hours apart from the antibiotics.
Does your pet frequently spit up or have loose stool? The proper pH and balance of microorganisms in the GIT is imperative for overall comfort and good health. A healthy GIT strengthens their immune system, which improves non-intestinal issues, such as itchy skin and ears, and a dry coat.
Why are our probiotics the best for your pet?
Are the probiotics in my pet's food sufficient? You'll have better results with probiotics that are separate from your pet's food because they are not subjected to the heat of cooking, they can be fed in higher amounts, and they can be kept refrigerated so that the microorganisms are kept alive and dormant.
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