Pet probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support digestive health and help maintain a balanced gut microbiome. They are also good for mental health and immune system function.
They help prevent antibiotic-related diarrhea, reduce skin and coat issues and improve overall immunity. They may also help with mental health issues such as anxiety and mood swings.
These supplements are available without a prescription, but always consult your veterinarian before starting any new nutritional supplement. Probiotics may interfere with prescribed medications and could put your pet at risk of toxicity.
The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet’s Gut Health: A Comprehensive Guide
Choosing the Right Supplement: Choose a high-quality, commercially made product that has been proven effective. Look for one with billions (with a “B”) of live probiotics and prebiotics per dose, which will help ensure your dog’s gut has the correct balance of bacteria to stay healthy.
Some of the most popular types of probiotics for dogs are:
Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium species, Bacillus coagulans and more.
You can also use yogurt or kefir with live cultures for your dog. However, make sure to read the label carefully and only offer your dog unsweetened plain yogurt.
The most important thing to remember is that probiotics will only work if they reach the intestines. So be sure to follow the instructions for administration, including timing and amount.
Probiotics can be found in a number of different products, from commercially-made treats to veterinary pharmaceuticals. Before you purchase a supplement, check the label and contact the manufacturer for more information about how to administer it properly and safely.