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When we welcome a dog in our home we must be able to provide all its basic needs, and this happens through a good nutrition, that allows you to feel vital and energetic. Sometimes, due to an inappropriate diet or due to other factors, the intestinal flora in the dog is altered and this can have serious consequences for its health, which can be prevented naturally and easily.
Therefore, in this AnimalWised article we talk about the probiotics for dogs. In addition, we will show you what their composition is, the types that exist, how to use them and much more.. ¡You can not lose this!You may also be interested in: Probiotics for cats Index
- The intestinal flora in the dog
- Imbalances in the intestinal flora of the dog
- What are probiotics for dogs?
- How to choose a good probiotic for our dog
The intestinal flora in the dog
As with humans, dogs also have intestinal flora or intestinal microbiota. This refers to a set of beneficial bacteria that are naturally present in the intestine and that are of vital importance for the health of our pet, since they fulfill the following functions:
- They intervene in the digestion of food and are necessary for an adequate absorption of nutrients.
- They are essential for the synthesis of some vitamins and minerals.
- They protect the digestive system against pathogenic bacteria.
- They help our pet to have an optimal level of vigor and energy.
There are numerous beneficial bacteria strains in the intestinal flora of our dog, but we must highlight the following as the most important:
- Bifidobacterium animalis
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Bifidobacterium longum
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus bulgarious
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus
- Bacillus coagulans
Imbalances in the intestinal flora of the dog
Imbalances in the intestinal flora of the dog have a direct impact on its health and can cause the following symptom:
- Abdominal swelling
- Signs of abdominal pain
- Increased intestinal gas
- Decreased immune response
Changes in the intestinal flora can have various causes: although the most common are changes in diet, the administration of a poor quality feed high in indigestible proteins or if a treatment with antibiotics has been started.
To restore the intestinal flora of our pet it is essential to determine the underlying cause to eliminate it, but in parallel we will need turn to probiotics.
What are probiotics for dogs?
Probiotics for dogs are products formulated from strains of bacteria that normally inhabit the intestine of the dog and that are beneficial for its health. They are not considered a pharmacological treatment but a nutritional supplement.
We must distinguish probiotics from prebiotics and symbiotics, let's see below the differences between each product:
- Probiotics- directly contain the beneficial bacteria strains present in the dog's intestine.
- Prebiotics: they contain non-assimilable substances (such as certain types of fiber) that serve as food for beneficial bacteria and allow them to balance.
- Symbiotic: they are products that incorporate a mixture of probiotics and prebiotics.
How to choose a good probiotic for our dog
Probiotics are especially recommended for diarrhea or gastrointestinal disorders and also after an antibiotic treatment or in parallel to it.
It is very important to offer our pet a good quality product, and to make sure of this we recommend that you follow these tips:
- Choose a specific probiotic for dogs.
- Choose a probiotic that contains at least 10 strains of bacteria.
- Choose a quality product, for this, on the label you must observe the GMP certification (Good Manufacturing Practices).
- Let yourself be advised by the vet.
Probiotics for dogs are nutritional supplements totally safe, it is recommended to finish the treatment as indicated on the packaging to ensure adequate restoration of the intestinal flora.