Probiotics are popular in the human world just as they are in the canine world.
For dogs, probiotics work very much in the same fashion as they do in people. They promote the good bacteria which can help fight off bad bacteria.
Pet professionals explain when too much bad bacteria resides in the digestive tract, it may compromise the system with side effects such as:
- Loose stool
- Skin allergies and hot spots
After a round of antibiotics, good bacteria needs to be replaced and this is why many incorporate probiotics into their daily diet. This theory holds the same truth in dogs.
The most common “good and friendly bacteria” being reintroduced back into the digestive tract are:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Bifido-bacterium bifidum
- Lactobacillus bulgaricus
These friendly bacteria work hard to defend bodies against various illnesses and that’s why they are so important to have. Aside from replenishing good bacteria back into the system following antibiotics, other reasons for doing so may include the natural process of aging, imbalanced diet, stress, and illness.
Before introducing any new probiotic or supplement to your pet, it’s always advisable to speak with your veterinarian first.
Keeping pets healthy is so important and probiotics may be one way to achieve that goal.