Benefits of Probiotics and Prebiotics for Your Pets
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria like Bacillus coagulans, Bifidus spp. or Acidophilus that work with the micro flora, aka “good” bacteria, living in the gut. Together, they play critical roles in the breakdown and digestion of food and help keep bad bugs like E. coli in check.
Probiotics help repopulate the intestine with healthy bacteria and there is growing research indicating they boost the immune system in the digestive tract and the body. Probiotics help maintain the mucosal barrier and enhance cellular repair. They can be given via food or supplements, food being the preferred method. Dairy based products like kefir and live yogurt are some examples you’re probably familiar with.
Sometimes it’s best to avoid dairy for dogs, and there are some nondairy probiotic options, like water kefir, microalgae and sauerkraut.
Prebiotics are food ingredients that travel undigested to the colon where they ferment and are converted into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, acting as a source of energy for colon cells and preserving electrolyte and fluid balance; this allows the intestine to move properly.
When present in the bowels, prebiotics can promote and support healthy digestive flora. Since prebiotics are essentially feeding micro flora, it’s best to use them in combination with probiotics to support the growth of good bacteria in your dog’s gut. One common prebiotic source is fructooligosaccharides (FOS).
Benefits of Probiotics
1. Promote a Healthy Digestive System Overall
A diet that is rich in probiotics will help your pet to achieve digestive balance and promote a healthy gut.
2. Slow and Eliminate Diarrhea
If your pet doesn’t already have a diet with added probiotics. When they start to suffer from diarrhea, a probiotic supplement can help to treat the diarrhea. Once you start feeding your pet a probiotic-rich diet, they will be less likely to suffer from digestive problems such as diarrhea.
3. Ease Gastrointestinal Ailments
Does your pet suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or any condition similar to it? Probiotics can help to soothe most gastrointestinal ailments that your pet may be suffering from
Benefits of Prebiotics
Slowly adding prebiotic fiber to your pet’s diet will improve the bacterial mix in your dog’s lower gut. This will result in improved regularity as well as boosted immunity. In general term it helps in your pet’s digestive health.