Probiotics for Your Pet’s Digestive and Immune System Health

 
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Probiotic Chewys for Dogs

If you’re like most pet guardians, you want your furry family members to be healthy and happy for as long as possible. You might even already be supplementing your dog or cat’s diet with a multivitamin, Omega 3 fatty acid or joint supplement. However, adding a probiotic to your pet’s diet is a great way to support your pet’s overall health.

What exactly is a probiotic supplement? It’s a supplement that contains various “friendly” microbes that help augment the beneficial bacteria in your pet’s intestinal tract. The good bacteria in the digestive system help to improve digestion, keep the intestinal lining healthy, and prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria. Whenever your pet is on an antibiotic, it kills both the harmful and the beneficial bacteria. The reduction in the friendly bacteria can lead to diarrhea and digestive upset in your pet. Giving your pet a probiotic will help restore the correct balance of bacteria in the gut.

But a pet probiotic is not just for pets with digestive issues. Up to 80% of the immune system is located in the digestive tract so a healthy digestive system helps support and boost immune functioning.  Holistic veterinarian Michael Dym, VMD writes “..if our pets’ digestive tracts are not healthy, this can lead to what is called a ‘leaky gut.’ This can result in long term chronic health problems not only of the digestive tract, but of other organ systems such as chronic ear/skin allergies, joint problems, chronic respiratory ailments, and even chronic urinary tract disorders.”

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While a pet probiotic can help a pet under stress or with a digestive disorder, the best time to start your pet on a probiotic is when he or she is young and healthy. Now available exclusively at PetMeds, Probiotic Chewys for Dogs contains probiotics as well as soluble fiber, and comes in a chicken-flavored soft chew that most dogs will readily eat as a treat. Just give 1 chew daily to dogs up to 40 pounds, or 2 chews daily for dogs over 40 pounds. Give daily to maintain your pet’s digestion and immune functioning, or you can give sporadically during stressful situations, after de-worming, antibiotic therapy, or digestive upset.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted March 2, 2013 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    When we have a pet we provide the pet with the utmost care and facilities that we can provide. But what we provide is not sufficient for the pet they also need some multivitamins, proteins, probiotics for their growth. These probiotics will definitely help them to build stronger immunity these help in developing the immunity of the pet. If these probiotics are not given in time then this can lead to chronic diseases which might result in the death of the pet. The above information is extremely helpful.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. My uncle is in Simi Valley and may be a client of yours…..Peter and Phyllis Wolfe…..Keep up the good work.

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  2. Jessica
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I think stopping my dog’s probiotics resulted in his death. He had been off and on probiotics for over a year. After he had been on them for two months I stopped. He was doing well for two weeks and then re-developed poor bowel movements- brown, greasy, occasionally with loads of mucous. I restarted the probiotics immediately when I saw this change. However, two weeks later my furbaby passed away at only 9.5 and after a four day battle at the emergency veterinarian where they never located the problem. I can only suspect it was his bad bacteria attacking him- all because I altered his diet for no good reason other than suspecting that his body and become able to produce it’s own good flora :(

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Sorry to hear of your pet’s passing Jessica. It sounds like you did everything possible for him, and most likely he passed away from some sort of chronic pathology of the digestive tract, which probiotics by themselves were probably not enough to prevent.

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  3. Jessica
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Hi Dr. Michael Dym,

    I appreciate your reply about my dog Erik and his issue with underlying digestive problems. I also appreciate you expressing you didn’t think probiotics were enough to prevent his unexpected early death.

    I was wondering what you thought of this hypothesis — even if it won’t bring him back. I also understand, anything is possible.

    If you could reply honestly, I’d appreciate it. I know it can’t undue anything, but acknowledging it’s possible puts to rest what I’ve been wrestling with for the past few weeks. I know it’s more of a psychoanalytic approach but the brain-body connection cannot be denied — especially in such a sensitive soul like my Erik.

    It was negligence on my part. Not intentionally, of course, but negligence, nonetheless. It was forgetting who he was and what he needed and what a sensitive little guy he was.

    First mistake- stopping his probiotics. I thought his sensitive stomach had acclimated.

    Second- Believing he was stronger and less anxious then he was. My parents were absent at the same time and my schedule was extremely busy because of school, work, soccer, hockey, and working out. Arrangements should’ve been made to cancel the unnecessary as it wouldn’t have hurt me to do so. Somehow, I reasoned with myself that Erik would be fine in his own for extended periods of time- amounts of time, now that I look back, were never amounts of time he had been alone before.

    The last time Erik had been left alone for longer than 2 or 3 hours was in 2009 when I had to visit the emergency room and my Mom had to take me. When that happened Erik ended up having a vomiting attack so bad he had to be giving anti-vomiting medication and a subcutaneous water pack.

    Fast forward to October 1, 2013-October 11. Almost everyday Erik found himself alone for a minimum of 4 hours to a maximum of 10. Not only was he under tremendous stress but his bowels were upset because of his sensitivity.

    By 11pm on Friday, October 11, his body could no longer handle the stress and anxiety of being left alone. Left alone with an overly sensitive stomach and soul.

    It hurts to look back and realize the numerous mistakes and lies I told myself.

    I understand some doctors and friends will say- don’t blame yourself, he had underlying health problems. However, I counteract that by showing the evidence. A sensitive soul unaccustomed to hours of alone time.

    It hurts that I so easily blinded myself. That I had pushed aside the reality of his sensitivity. That I didn’t recognize the very unique circumstances with a very sensitive soul.

    I know such analysis won’t bring him back. I can only feel the pain of such terrible mistakes and ignorance. His death was preventable had I stepped back and really looked at who he was and what what his needs really were.

    Some people may ask I put this aside or pretend it isn’t true. But Mommies know, even if it’s too late to make it better.

    Thank you for your time and I appreciate any honest feedback.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Dear Jessica. You clearly loved your beloved Erik, however I really dont think you are to blame for anything related to his passing. When one embraces holistic and energy medicine like I do, as well as when one gets a bit older, I can truly appreciate how things in this universe that occur are not by accident. I simply think it was Erik’s time and that while his passing his tragic, that he came here to teach you about certain lessons of life. He will always live on in our minds and memories, and really wouldnt blame yourself for any role in his early transition.

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