Whenever we hear about bacteria, we inadvertently think “yuck”. But every type of bacterium is not harmful to humans and pets. Good bacteria maintain a healthy gastrointestinal and skeleton system. A well-balanced diet and healthy exercise are vital for a human pet. Meanwhile, it can be quite challenging to maintain a healthy diet for a pet. The pet owners can take a few steps to ensure that furry friends eat well-balanced diets and get the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and nutrients. Here the life-sustaining role of probiotics assures impressive health benefits to make a healthy, strong and adorable pet.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are living bacteria that are supplemented in the diet for regulating the microbial population in the digestive and immune systems. They enter the intestines to perform their action. These bacteria include Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus pumilis, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and Lactoballicus species.
The probiotics differ from prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-living compounds used for improving the health of micro-organisms beneficial for health. However, prebiotics has some limited advantages as compared to probiotics.
Outstanding Health Benefits of a Pet Probiotic
There is growing scientific evidence supporting the use of probiotics for dogs and cats. According to the US Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2019), probiotics have two outstanding health benefits for human pets. First, they inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria such as some strains of E. coli, Salmonella, and Clostridium. They promote good bacteria such as Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus pumilis, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens. When a pet is sick then an imbalance in the gastrointestinal system can occur. It can cause food disease and physical illnesses. The aforementioned probiotic bacteria can help to produce a well-balanced diet by
- Aiding the digestive system
- Curing diarrhea and constipation by producing short-chain fatty acids
- Strengthening the immune system by decreasing species-specific strains
- Treating food allergies by decreasing intestinal permeability and urinary tract infections
- Helping in breaking down food nutrients and increasing metabolism
Second, they have some ancillary benefits for cats and dogs such as
- Better skin and coat appearance
- Fresh and healthy breath
- Aiding in better mood and emotions
The use of probiotics for pets is scientifically and medically proven so far. That is why probiotics are called a panacea for all illnesses affecting your loving pets.
Can cats and dogs ingest the same probiotics?
As cats and dogs differ in physiology and dietary needs, the use of probiotics may differ. A great majority of veterinarians believe that probiotics are vital for feline health, because of the nutritional and anatomical features of a cat. Generally, cats benefit from Bifidobacterium and Entercoccous types of bacteria. They help in controlling constipation and diet imbalances in a cat. Similarly, the dogs benefit from different strains of bacteria such as Bacillus coagulans and Lactoballicus acidophilus. However, cats and dogs can intake the same probiotic for a special type of health disorder only if the veterinarian or professional care-takers advises to do so.
Guide to supplement a probiotic into a Pet Diet
Canine probiotic supplements must be administered orally. They should be included in the pet’s food or wrapped in a treat. For dogs, probiotic supplements must be given in such a way that they reach the intestines of the dog. Improperly administered probiotics can be destroyed in the stomach. The same administration of probiotics applies to cats.
Key Considerations for using Probiotics
There are only minimal side-effects of probiotics so far, but rare effects may occur. The risks of side effects for adult pets are radically low. But young pets, puppies or kittens, or pets with a compromised immune system may suffer from mild side effects.
Invivo Biosciences provides many probiotic solutions for your animal’s nutrition and health. Our expert team can provide consultancy on the selection of beneficial probiotics for your furry friend. Consult your desired veterinarian or professional pet caretaker to help you identify the rightest probiotic for your darling pet.