The Poop on Poop

by VetDepot on October 18, 2010

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Proper functioning of your pet’s digestive system is dependent on a healthy population of bacteria within his intestinal tract.  Many things can disrupt the delicate balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria:  disease, stress, antibiotic use, dietary changes, etc.  Whatever the cause, the effect is the same:  diarrhea.  In a perfect world, once the underlying issue is addressed, the diarrhea would resolve as well, but this is not always the case.  Sometimes, the gut needs a little push in the right direction and probiotics do just that.

Probiotics are defined as “a preparation (as a dietary supplement) containing live bacteria (as lactobacilli) that are taken orally to restore beneficial bacteria to the body” (Meriam-Webster).  Products made specifically for dogs and cats contain one or more different types of beneficial intestinal bacteria that help re-colonate the gut and eventually out-compete the “bad” bacteria and significantly reduce their numbers. 

Probiotics like FortiFlora and Proviable are safe and can help your pet get over an acute case of diarrhea more quickly and lessen the symptoms of more chronic gastrointestinal disorders.

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