4 Things You Might Not Know About Probiotics for Dogs & Cats

Dog & Cat Probiotics

The intestines contain billions of bacteria, collectively called microflora. When there’s an imbalance in the microflora, symptoms like excess gas and loose stool may occur.

When your pets experience digestive upset, providing them—and you—relief is your top priority. Probiotics help maintain balance in the intestines, promoting digestive health. Find out how probiotics for dogs and cats work, the benefits they offer and more below.

What You Should Know About Probiotics for Dogs & Cats

1. What are Probiotics & How Do They Work

Probiotics are live, good, friendly bacteria that promote balance in the intestines. They work by increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut.

In addition to helping maintain the balance of gut bacteria, probiotics also directly affect the cells in the digestive system. They attach to the cells and release substances that help prevent bad bacteria from accumulating.

2. Benefits of Probiotics for Dogs & Cats

By making it harder for harmful bacteria to grow, certain probiotics can address digestive issues like excess gas and loose stool. Continued use of probiotics helps maintain a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in your pet’s digestive tract to support a strong immune system.  

3. When Should You Give Your Dog or Cat Probiotics?

A variety of circumstances can create an imbalance in intestinal health, including stress from boarding, moving and other changes in the environment. Puppies, kittens and senior dogs and cats may be more susceptible to these imbalances, as are pets taking antibiotics.  

Always speak with your veterinarian if you notice unusual changes in your dog or cat’s digestive health, like loose stools. They can determine the cause of these changes and decide if probiotics are appropriate for your pet.

4. Are Probiotics Made for Humans Safe for Cats & Dogs?

Certain products like yogurt contain active cultures beneficial to humans. Although yogurts free from sugar and artificial sweeteners like xylitol are safe for dogs, they won’t reap the same benefits from this source of probiotics.

If your dog experiences excess gas or loose stool, consult with your veterinarian. They’ll recommend probiotics for cats and dogs that have been specially formulated to meet their unique needs and ensure they see the greatest benefits.  

Try Probiotics for Cats & Dogs

If you want your cat or dog to see benefits from probiotics, there are a couple different options. First, you can speak to your veterinarian about switching their food to a formula containing probiotics, such as select Purina Pro Plan SAVOR dry food for dogs or Purina Pro Plan SAVOR dry food for cats. These formulas are a great way to support your pet’s digestive health.

Your veterinarian may recommend a probiotic supplement like FortiFlora if your pet is experiencing diarrhea. This option is only available with a prescription and should only be given under your veterinarian’s supervision. It comes in a packet to sprinkle right on your dog or cat’s food.

Talk with your veterinarian about these options today. For more answers to questions like this, plus expert advice and tips, click here.

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