Probiotics are indeed live organisms, typically bacteria or yeast, but they’re friendly ones! Most of the immune system is found working closely with the digestive system. It is for that reason that, found in the digestive tract, probiotics have the task of balancing the bacteria already found in the gut. An imbalance of “good” and “bad” bacteria is what leads to digestive issues like gas, bloating, heartburn, and diarrhea, as well as an overall weaker immune system and higher risk of infectious diseases. The addition of probiotics into your dog, cat, or companion’s diet, whether in the form of supplements, capsules, sprays, powders, or wet and dry food, helps maintain healthy levels of the good bacteria. This fights off the excess growth of bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract like E. Coli or salmonella. Plus, because gut balance is typically thrown off when switching your dog’s diet from one type or brand to another, probiotics are ideal during the transition period. The addition of healthy, friendly bacteria can help with any gastrointestinal upsets and help the system to better adjust to the change.
Probiotics have many general benefits, but their advantages become even more specific depending upon which type is used in the supplement being given to your dog. It’s best to consult with your veterinarian to find a dependable, trustworthy option that incorporates probiotics safely into your furry friend’s system. Supplements typically do the job best!