Probiotics for Your Pet
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacterial supplements available in the form of pills, powders or liquids. These concentrated bacteria are essential to the functioning of the digestive system. The intestines are normally teaming with multiple types of good bacterial organisms. A variety of bacterial organisms greatly aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients.
When a pet suffers from diarrhea, the bacterial population is depleted by the rapid transit of waste. Antibiotics frequently kill bacteria indiscriminately, meaning the good bacteria is lost as well as the bad bacteria. Thus, a probiotic supplement is very important to replace the lost bacteria and restore a healthy, highly functioning gut.
Interestingly, the immune system is linked to the digestive system. Probiotics given on a daily basis even in the absence of illness and use of antibiotics help to maintain health. I recommend a veterinary probiotic for your pet in addition to a high quality diet to keep him or her healthy.
Mia K. Frezzo, DVM
Dr, Frezzo is the owner of the Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights. She makes house calls while constructing her new, start-of-the-art Hospital. Call 201-288-7800 today.