February 4, 2019 | General
By Dr. Karen Becker
PROBIOTICS, friendly bacteria, in your pet’s guts help make important B vitamins, maintain a strong immune system, and prevent an overgrowth of harmful bacteria.
Stressors can throw off the ratio of good-to-bad bacteria in a negative way…some of which include: poor quality diet, eating feces, rocks and unclean water, antibiotics, emotional stress, etc.
A result can be poor food absorption and intermittent or chronic diarrhea which can lead to leaky gut allowing partially digested amino acids and allergens into the blood stream triggering other health problems, from allergies to autoimmune disease.
Not only do pets benefit from receiving PROBIOTICS but they recovered faster and have fewer complications long term when probiotics were instituted.
The best defense against some of these nasty problems and to bolster immunologic gastrointestinal healthy is through the use of a good quality probiotic therapy..more than just one or two stains.
Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that your pets need to not only maintain healthy levels of good bacteria, but ward off some of the opportunistic, potentially pathogenic or bad bacteria from overtaking their GI tracts.
Your pet’s digestive tract is the largest immune organ in its body, and believe it or not, your dog or cat has even more bacteria in its intestinal tract than you do! Their digestive tract is designed specifically to handle a tremendous bacterial load – bacteria which, if found elsewhere in the body, would be considered a life threatening infection. Your pet’s digestive system must stay populated with a healthy level of good bacteria in order to keep their immune system strong. If bad bacteria overwhelms your pet’s intestines, your dog or cat can lose its vitality and become more susceptible to illness, not to mention GI symptoms.
Laboratory studies have shown animals raised either without colonies of friendly bacteria in their gut, or who have a poor balance of good-to-bad gut bacteria, are at high risk of developing disease.
Friendly bacteria in your pet’s gut helps their body make important B vitamins, maintain a strong immune system, and prevent an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. If this happens, it can lead to a reduced level of vitality and make your pet vulnerable to all sorts of potential illnesses.
As in people, the bacteria in your pet’s GI tract can be easily influenced by a number of factors, ranging from emotional stress to an unhealthy lifestyle.
For instance, antibiotics and steroids like cortisone are the most-prescribed drugs in traditional veterinary practices. However, both these drugs can decimate the friendly bacteria in your pet’s gut.
Other stressors that can throw off the ratio of good-to-bad gut bacteria in your pet in a very negative way include:
When GI stressors upset the balance of good to bad bacteria in your pet’s digestive system, it can create a cascade of nutritional and other health problems, including poor food absorption and intermittent or chronic diarrhea.
It also opens the door to leaky gut (dysbiosis), which means your dog or cat can absorb partially digested amino acids and allergens into its bloodstream. This in turn can trigger a host of other health problems, from allergies to autoimmune disease.
Holistic veterinarians have been using probiotics for years in veterinary medicine.
Recently, conventional veterinary researchers have started checking if, indeed, dogs and cats with gastrointestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, gastritis, and colitis, or animals suffering from debilitating secondary effects from antibiotic use or steroids, actually benefited from specific strains of probiotics.
And the overwhelming conclusion was yes indeed; not only do pets benefit from receiving probiotics, but they recovered faster and had fewer complications long-term when probiotics were instituted.
The frustration with the probiotics that are currently available in the veterinary market:
Remember, any type of gastrointestinal stressor can not only rock the delicate balance of good to bad bacteria in your pet’s system, but can actually open up the door for your pets to have leaky gut or dysbiosis.
The best defense against some of these nasty problems and to bolster immunologic gastrointestinal health is through the use of probiotic therapy – but using a sub-par variety will not do the trick.
At MercolaHealthyPets.com, they have specifically blended the very best probiotic bacteria and put them into one supplement, so you don’t have to pick and choose three or four different strains depending on what problem your pets are experiencing in terms of gastrointestinal upset.
They’ve included healthy bacteria for maintenance, but the correct species that are necessary for animals to regain bowel health after antibiotics or steroid use, and put a couple of strains in there that are excellent for immunocompromised or debilitated, including animals that:
There are even a couple of strains that are excellent in helping balance bowel health for specific immunocompromised patients. These strains have all been blended together, and are offered at The Animal Keeper and Pet Suites. It’s the very first product on the market to cover all of these bases.
And remember, not just any probiotic will do, including the one you may take yourself. Probiotic formulas used by humans were developed specifically to fortify the bacterial species found in the human GI tract. Pets have some specific strains of bacteria unique to them, so they need a unique probiotic. Your dog or cat must have organisms derived from its own species for best results, so make sure you choose your pet’s probiotic wisely.
Article courtesy of http://healthypets.mercola.com