Pet probiotics are gaining momentum now in dog and cat care, but many are wondering, "When does my pet need a probiotic?"
The fact is, researchers are discovering new benefits and applications for pet probiotics every year. Thus, pet owners who incorporate probiotics into their daily diet are learning the benefits first hand. Probiotics for pets are so impactful because the health of the gut has many connections to the overall health of the body, so much so, that the gut is referred to as the "second brain." Probiotics are always beneficial to your pet's daily diet, but, here are the five top conditions where probiotics are absolutely necessary.
When Are Probiotics Necessary for Pets?
1. As Puppies and K ittens
When animals are born their intestinal tracts are basically a sterile environment. This changes as colonization of the gut takes place by a vast majority of microbes. This ends up being favorable or unfavorable for health, in the long haul depending genetics, diet, etc.
Here is the point: tilt it heavily in you favor by feeding your pet health microbes- Probiotics! This will establish a great foundation throughout life, against allergies, against GI disorders, and against host of other health challenges.
A nasty little bug named clostridium difficile is the main culprit for diarrhea. Many use antibiotics for this, but the strain is becoming somewhat resistant to the drug. Never fearprobiotics work great to stop C. difficile in its tracts. If your dog has diarrhea or loose stool put them on probiotics immediately.
This is the flip side of the coin to diarrhea but its the same root cause; an imbalance of unhealthy bacteria to good bacteria. Its the same simple remedygive the "good guys" a lift so they can win the battle. Use Probiotics and this balance will return, and your dogs gut health (and bodily functions) will get back to normal.
4. Yeast Infections
Pathogenic yeast can cause compromise in the immune system and lead to infection. Yeast can express itself as an ear infection, bad breath/odor, or tear stains, but may also result in allergies and bacterial infections. It can be due to poor diet, genetics, or overuse of antibiotics. Again, this goes back to establishing the good bacteria in the gut. The first step is to overpower yeast with good bacteria via pet probiotics. Then look to improve the diet. (read: How to Attack the Yeast Beast)
5. Post-Antibiotic Therapy
Sometimes antibiotics are needed and they can be very effective. But they are not too selective. They basically kill both the good and bad bacteria, especially over multiple uses. Then the problem comes back, because the body is on a course for unfavorable gut health or gut inflammation. A gem in the nutrition world is the knowledge that you absolutely should use pet probiotics post antibiotic therapy to restore the gut to a healthy mix of microbes.
Pet probiotics are really useful for these 5 conditions and even a host more health benefits can be gained when you support your pet's gut with probiotics. Additionally, probiotics are safe for pets, and Nusentia® makes it easy and affordable to utilize healthy bacteria to improve your pets health.
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