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Proviable™-DC Probiotic Capsules and Paste for Dogs and Cats

 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are dietary supplements that contain normal, potentially beneficial bacteria and yeasts. The current definition of a probiotic by the FAO/WHO (the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization) is: "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host." Probiotics are used to recolonize the gastrointestinal tract when the normal balance of bacteria (also known as microflora) may have been disturbed. There are many probiotic products available, each contains a variety of species including: Lactobacillus (L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. thermophilus, L. reuteri,) Acidophilus, Bacillus, Streptococcus (S. bulgaricus), Enterococcus (E. faecium), Bifidobacterium (B. bifidus), and Saccharomyces (S. boulardii).

 

Why has my veterinarian recommended probiotics for my pet?

Probiotics, which are given orally, are recommended for pets that show symptoms of intestinal disorder. These supplements help to maintain or re-establish the normal balance of bacterial flora in the intestinal tract, and to treat overgrowth of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria. The normal balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract can be disrupted by drugs, a change in diet, exposure to a pathogenic virus or bacteria, or inflammation.

 

The general goal of probiotics is to displace potentially pathogenic or disease-promoting bacteria with bacteria that have beneficial effects. These beneficial bacteria synthesize organic compounds that support the normal growth and maturation of cells lining the intestine. As the numbers of desirable bacteria increase, there is less space for toxin-producing undesirable bacteria. The metabolic by-products of desirable flora may also make the environment in the gastrointestinal tract less conducive to supporting disease-causing bacteria.

Probiotic bacteria also appear to change the inflammatory and immune response of the gastrointestinal tract, suggesting they may help manage inflammatory bowel disease. Different bacteria trigger a different response from the host's immune system. Some probiotic bacteria cause the immune system of the gastrointestinal tract to synthesize different chemicals and hormones, which reduces damage due to inflammation. Other probiotic bacteria enhance the production of certain antibodies that coat and protect the surface of the intestinal tract.

 

What kinds of animals are treated regularly with probiotics?

Dogs, cats, and occasionally rabbits are usually treated with probiotics. In Europe, horses and ruminants often receive probiotics. Clinical experience in North America and Europe in the use of probiotics in pets is extensive.

 

How much research has been conducted on probiotics?

Substantial research has been conducted on the effects of probiotics in humans, although additional studies on their ability to treat disease are still needed.  The general mechanisms by which they act are just now beginning to be understood. Relatively little research has been conducted on the use of probiotics in dogs, cats and farm animals. Despite the lack of research, probiotics appear to be completely safe.

 

How can my pet benefit from probiotics?

Probiotics have been shown to help treat diarrhea and gastric ulceration due to infectious causes. They may also reduce the negative effects of long-term antibiotic use on gut microflora. Because of their ability to modulate immunity, probiotics also appear to help treat inflammatory bowel disease. While not yet completely researched, probiotics appear to be both safe and effective as part of an integrated approach to treating the diseases mentioned above.

 

Where do I get probiotics and do I need a prescription?

You do not need a prescription for probiotics. Pet owners should talk with their veterinarian regarding reputable brands of probiotics, as well as how to use and store these supplements. Probiotics tend to be more effective when given several days in a row, and when the product’s bacteria count is as high as possible. Unfortunately, a recent veterinary study revealed that the vast majority of probiotic products reviewed did not contain what was stated on the label and were potentially ineffective. In some products, the numbers of active bacteria were too low. In others, the product contained completely different species than what was advertised.

You can find package labels which provide more detailed information on Proviable DC Capsules and KP Paste's indications, forms of administration, and side effects, along with other clinical information, by following the links below:

 

Proviable DC Capsulse Package Label*

Proviable KP Paste Package Label*

 

Proviable's package labels do not take the place of instructions from your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian if you do not understand the information provided in these documents or if you have any questions about Proviable-DC Capsules or Proviable-KP Paste.

 

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    Hello would like to know if these are capsules or paste? Thank you
    Asked on 12/26/2014 by Fedy from Los Angeles, CA, United States

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      Fedy,

      The Proviable we carry are capsules.

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      Answered on 12/30/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
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    What's the expiration date on the 30 count box?
    Asked on 11/30/2014 by belle4923 from San Jose, CA, United States

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      The expiration on the boxes we have right now is 03/2016.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 12/3/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
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    When is this product expected to be back in stock?
    Asked on 1/25/2014 by Angie921

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      Angie,

      The manufacturer for this supplement requests a limited distribution channel and out of respect for their request, we do not carry this supplement at this time. If the manufacturer's preferences change, we will update our website with the availability of the product.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 1/27/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
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My little guy had been having terrible bouts of loose stools, despite the chicken and rice, elimination of treats, etc. He has recently been diagnosed with cancer, and I was overwhelmed when this all started. I am happy to report excellent results with the addition of Proviable-DC and continued special diet. Shipping was lightning fast, and he is comfortable and having no more episodes of diarrhea (probably a result of the many meds he is currently on). Thank you, VetRx direct for this product, rapid shipping, and exceptional customer service. I must add that your prices are very reasonable, as well.

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This is the best product ever developed for dogs and cats with GI problems. It is mild enough for daily use and keeps your pet's digestive tract in balance. We cannot be without Proviable DC, ever!

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