Probiotics are a source of the beneficial microbes or bacteria that help replace and boost those existing in the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics can promote healthy intestinal function and manage diarrhea or irregularity. Both people and animals alike have natural microbes or “flora” that naturally live on the lining of their intestines. These are types of bacterias and yeasts that help digest and absorb nutrients from food and defend against “bad” bacteria from taking up residence. Keeping a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut is not only important for proper digestion but also for the immune system. They help protect the body against illness and disease. The natural flora is fragile and can easily be diminished by medications like antibiotics or painkillers, poor diet, disease or stress. This can make your dog or cat susceptible to digestive upsets like diarrhea, gas, and cramping. Providing a probiotic supplement to your dog or cat can help replace the damaged bacteria and keep a healthy balance. They can also improve the digestive process by breaking down nutrients in the diet so they can easily be absorbed and used by the body.
Advita is a blend of multiple probiotic bacteria and a prebiotic to help facilitate the growth of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. It also has vitamins A, C, and E. It may help regulate stools and appetite. It comes in flavored powder and paste for dogs and cats. The Advita cat formula contains Taurine.
Proviable features beneficial bacteria and yeast probiotics to help firm stool and reduce diarrhea caused by intestinal upset and restore digestive balance. It also contains prebiotics, which help feed and encourage the growth of the probiotics. Proviable comes in sprinkle capsules and flavored paste formulas for dogs and cats.
Proflora contains 9 strains of beneficial microorganisms to support healthy digestion and absorption. Proflora maintains the natural balance of GI bacteria and may help reduce digestive problems. Promotes a healthy skin, coat, and immune system. Powder formula for dogs and cats as well as tasty soft chews for dogs.
Probios Intelliflora is for dogs and cats and contains lactic acid bacteria. It helps balance and replace the natural bacteria (flora) in their digestive system, and maintain stool consistency. It is useful during diet changes, times of stress, kenneling, or traveling and can also be used after antibiotic therapy, deworming, and digestive disorders.
Profivex powder for dogs and cats is made with five types of probiotics and two types of prebiotics for gastrointestinal health. It contains sweet potato as a source of dietary fiber. Flavored with real pork liver. Made without grains, corn, soy, wheat, artificial ingredients, or preservatives.
Fortiflora contains a special strain of probiotics for dogs and cats. It helps replenish and balance the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. FortiFlora also has a high level of antioxidants which help support the immune system and protect against disease.
Like any supplement, always consult your veterinarian before using probiotics and always follow their specific directions. Has your pet’s veterinarian prescribed probiotics? Which brand did you try? Was it helpful?