Probiotics for our pets

Probiotics for our pets

Many of us believe our pets deserve as healthy a lifestyle as we ourselves do.  Keeping us with the latest trends helps us direct you better.  Some of you may have had Dr. Flanders advise you on a good brand of pet food, or even suggest some foods we eat to help your pet.  Some may include coconut oil or olive oil to help with allergies and skin coat.  So what about probiotics?

There is still a lot of research to be finished on this subject and FDA approvals for these type of products.  There are 3 types to talk about:  A prebiotic is a non digestible food item that promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, a probiotic consists of live microorganisms that help heal or maintain “good” bacteria that help in digestion.  A symbiotic is a combination of both.

At this point there is simply not enough research on canines and felines to make a recommendation on adding these to your pet’s nutrition.  Please remember that while we agree, pets are family, their metabolism is very different and things we eat or drink or medications that are okay for us, may not be for them.  There are reasons that medications such as flea and tick are labeled for dogs only or cats only.  They may be fatal to one or the other.  Always check with us first before giving anything over the counter.

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