Diarrhea is one of the most common reasons for dogs and cats to be taken to the veterinary clinic. Some cases of diarrhea do require medical intervention, but others can be successfully treated at home. When an otherwise healthy, adult dog or cat develops mild diarrhea that is not associated with vomiting, abdominal pain, or lethargy, home treatment is a reasonable first step.
Many uncomplicated cases of diarrhea in dogs and cats develop because the pet has ingested something unusual or contaminated. Diarrhea initially develops because of the material’s direct effect on the gastrointestinal tract but can continue long after the initial insult has passed because of disruption to the population of bacteria that normally colonizes the large intestine. Successfully addressing both the early and late effects of dietary indiscretion is essential if a pet’s diarrhea is to resolve quickly.
Proviable-KP offers a two-step process for treating diarrhea in dogs and cats. The quick acting paste contains kaolin, a type of clay that absorbs water and excess bacterial toxins, and pectin, a fiber derived from fruit that absorbs water to make the stool more solid. The palatable paste, which comes in an easy-to-use tube, should be given to pets at the first sign of diarrhea and continued every eight to twelve hours for two or three days.
While the kaolin-pectin paste is beginning to work, owners should also start giving the probiotic capsules that are included in the Proviable-KP package. Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that normally colonize an animal’s digestive tract and promote proper digestion and immune function. Pets with diarrhea commonly experience a loss of beneficial microorganisms and an overgrowth of potentially harmful bacteria. Probiotic supplements can help shift the balance back in favor of the “good” microorganisms. The capsules in Proviable-KP contain seven strains of probiotics as well as fructooligosaccharides, prebiotics that supports the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria.
Proviable-KP is not only helpful in the treatment of diarrhea that develops as a result of dietary indiscretion, but can also be used when gastrointestinal function is compromised by the use of antibiotics, food sensitivities, stress related to travel, kenneling or weaning, immune dysfunction, and metabolic disturbances. Because diarrhea often develops quickly and at the most inopportune time, owners of dogs or cats that are prone to gastrointestinal disturbances might want to consider having a supply of Proviable-KP on hand “just in case.”
If an animal’s condition worsens at any time or fails to improve with treatment, call your veterinarian.