Has your dog or cat ever had a case of vomiting or diarrhea? Maybe stomach trouble or other digestion problems? Either chronically or acutely?
Whatever the reason for that digestion upset, when your dog or cat does have that trouble he or she will get an overgrowth of the wrong, abnormal bacteria. We will call this “bad” bacteria. If this goes unhandled and untreated, expect your pet to have future medical problems due to the continuous growth of that “bad” bacteria.
Of course, any treatment for your pet is very specific to your pet’s case. However, it is quite common that the vet will prescribe a probiotic to assist with your dog’s or cat’s digestion issues. What the correct probiotic does is this: It’s like sending an army into your pet to kill all of the “bad” bacteria that has grown AND replaces it with the “good” bacteria.
Probiotics are given as a prescription specifically for your pet. There are different types of probiotics so it is important your pet gets the right one. Home “remedies” such as yogurt for your pet do not accomplish the same end result. It just isn’t the correct replacement of “good” bacteria your pet needs and doesn’t fully handle the problem.
Certain cases will require an antibiotic as well as a probiotic. Depending on the severity of the case, an antibiotic is used to kill off “bad” bacteria. The antibiotic itself does not replace itself with “good” bacteria. That is why a probiotic would also be prescribed because it does replace itself.
If you notice your pet having digestive trouble, ask Dr. Adney about probiotics. They will assist your pet in becoming more comfortable and put you at ease, knowing that your pet is healthier…and your floors will be cleaner!