I greatly enjoy working with colleagues in the pet-media world to promote the message of holistic pet health. Recently, Jodi Ziskin from Holistic Healthy Pets by Jodi Z sought my veterinary perspective on the use of Honest Kitchen’s Pro Bloom (probiotic) for dogs and cats in her product review Two Paws Up for Pro Bloom by The Honest Kitchen
The Honest Kitchen is one of the real food for pets companies I have a great deal of respect for. They are so devoted to providing human grade foods for cats and dogs that a human actually tastes every batch.
Our foods, treats and supplements are made from 100% human food grade ingredients, always. That means they’re produced to the exact same standards as the foods you eat – in a plant that also produces human foods. In fact, our plant is registered and inspected by the FDA. –The Honest Kitchen
The company recently introduced Pro Bloom, dehydrated instant goat’s milk with digestive enzymes & probiotics. Not only does it help support intestinal health, it offers a tasty way to keep pets hydrated.
How do I know it is tasty? Because the first time I rehydrated the goat’s milk with warm water and served it to my cat Cujo, his head didn’t come out of the bowl until it was empty. It has become a regular part of his breakfast (anyone else interested in raw venison and goat milk for breakfast?).
“Many pets suffer from bacterial imbalances in their digestive tracts, which manifest as soft to watery diarrhea, mucus or blood in stools, gas, decreased appetite, or even vomit. Such imbalances typically occur as a result of dietary indiscretion (eating things a pet should not), food changes, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), medications (antibiotics, chemotherapy, etc.), metabolic diseases (Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, etc.), cancer, and more,” explained Integrative Veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney.
“Providing a daily (or twice daily if a pet is on antibiotics, chemotherapy, or diarrhea) dose of probiotic, like The Honest Kitchen’s Pro Bloom, can promote a more normal microenvironment for bacteria to thrive and maintain balance in the digestive tract. Pro Bloom can be sprinkled onto food as a powder, hydrated and given as a refreshing cold or warmed beverage, or even given directly by mouth via syringe.”
The product comes in a bright yellow box with 16 individual-sized packs. Each pack makes one cup of goat’s milk when rehydrated with 8 oz. of warm water. The recommended portion for cats and dogs up to 10 pounds is 1/4 cup per day; 1/3 cup for those 11 – 20 pounds and so on (complete details on the package). Unused portions can be refrigerated up to three days.
Pro Bloom by The Honest Kitchen It can be served alone, poured onto food or even used to hydrate foods from The Honest Kitchen (and other dehydrated food mixes). Pro Bloom is appropriate for cats and dogs in all life stages, especially puppies and kittens.
In my opinion, it is also wonderful for senior pets and those with sensitive tummies. As a bonus, it can be a great way to get cats to drink more liquid. As with all products created by The Honest Kitchen, Pro Bloom is human-grade. The milk is from pasture-raised, free ranging goats from the American Pacific Northwest. It is free of pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones and antibiotics.
The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I was not offered any free product nor was I asked to write about it. Thank you for reading this article. Your questions and comments are completely welcome (I’ll respond).
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