Why Give Probiotics to Cats and Dogs?
The things that can cause an imbalance (or upset) in a dog or cat’s Gastro-Intestinal (GI) tract or gut (causing vomiting, diarrhea, constipation) are:
- Stress when
- Pet parents go on vacation
- Pet travel (air travel most stressful)
- Go to new places or homes
- Abandoned by family/breeder (go to, or are in shelters/rescue)
- Boarding/Kenneling (short term or long term)
- Short-Term Antibiotic Therapy (Acute Disease or Infections)
- Long-term Antibiotic Therapy (Lyme Disease, or Chronic Disease like IBD)
- Low immunity (food sensitivities/allergies, skin conditions)
- Infections not in the GI tract, such as urinary, vaginal, etc.
Therefore, all dogs and cats or puppies and kittens that are rescued, especially if there is no idea of what that animal has been exposed to, should be on a probiotic for at least one month. Oftentimes, pets that go into shelters, are given antibiotics (this can cause diarrhea due to the weakened gut microbiome) and affects the good bacteria in cats and dogs, so the good bacteria to be replaced as soon as possible with the bacteria in a probiotic
If your dog or cat is going to experience any of the top list of 6 situations that may affect their GI tract, a preventive probiotic or a probiotic to boost immunity and GI strength before, during or after any of the list above will help your pet’s health and comfort. Recommend Profauna – the therapeutic pet probiotic with 50-100 billion CFU per serving.