Probiotics & Prebiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria in yogurt, other dairy products and supplements in tablet form. Probiotics are often added to introduce good flora into the gut. While probiotics have been shown effective in managing certain gastrointestinal conditions, they do not have the same power that prebiotics do.
Probiotics can be weakened by heat and stomach acid, rendering them ineffective before they’ve even been digested. Animals sensitive to dairy may find ingesting adequate amounts of probiotics difficult, if not impossible.
Finally, we don’t know which good bacteria our animal needs or would benefit from.

Prebiotics are a specialised plant fibre that nourishes the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. While probiotics introduce good bacteria into the gut, prebiotics act as a fertiliser for the good bacteria that’s already there. They help good bacteria grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio.

So in summary,
Probiotics represent one type of intestinal bacteria that we often see in yogurt and fermented foods. When a dog is having digestive or other health issues, this could be a symptom of an imbalance between the organisms residing in the gut. Adding probiotics to a dog’s diet is one way to increase good flora and balance.

Unfortunately, probiotics aren’t able to reproduce in the gut over an extended period of time, especially in dogs with acute digestive issues, allergies, or an illness requiring antibiotics, a supplement is usually provided short or long term help to boost gut health.

Prebiotics for Dogs
Prebiotics support the growth of healthy flora in the gut by feeding intestinal bacteria.

Prebiotics & Probiotics can be given at the same time and is cost effective.

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