Nutritional supplements like probiotics contain live microorganisms (bacteria and/or yeast) which promote the growth of gut-friendly bacteria in pets.
A depleted population of good bacteria can cause many health problems in pets. These include the spread and overgrowth of bad (pathogenic) bacteria in the intestinal tract, fungal overgrowth in internal organs and skin, and a reduction in the functionality of the digestive system, thereby making dogs (and cats) susceptible to severe gastrointestinal diseases such as septicemia (blood poisoning) and stomach inflammation.
Probiotic supplements also help to maintain the balance of good intestinal bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus bulgaricus, hence encouraging a healthy digestive and immune system to combat health problems. Some other benefits of adding pet probiotics to your dog’s diet are –
Reduction in Gastrointestinal Ailments
Since probiotics promote healthy digestive and immune systems in dogs, it enhances the immunity of pets against viruses and diseases, and reduces the possibility of gastrointestinal ailments such as bloating.
Prevention from Fungal Overgrowth
Probiotic supplements also prevent fungal overgrowth on pet’s skin. A probiotic diet is beneficial in reducing itching and allergic reactions and in ensuring a shiny and healthier coat for dogs.
Counteracts the Side-effect of Anti-biotic Treatment
Antibiotics are unable to distinguish between gut-friendly and harmful bacteria. So, while eradicating pathogenic bacteria that are the source of several infections in dogs, they end up eliminating a large number of friendly bacteria as well.
This leaves the pets with even less of a defense, the next time they are exposed to harmful microorganisms. Probiotic supplements take care of any such deficiency by restoring the microflora balance in a dog’s digestive system to prevent recolonization of pathogens.
Protection from Harmful Effects of Free Radicals
Pets are exposed to ‘free radicals’ which are produced due to oxidation. Free radicals can damage body cells and cause many age-related conditions such as arthritis, vascular disorders and cancer in dogs. Pet probiotics act as antioxidants and prevent the degenerative effects of oxidation.