If you've ever experienced poor digestion, stomach aches, or other gastrointestinal issues, you know how aggravating and uncomfortable they can be. The last thing you want is for your beloved pet to have to deal with the same problems. Fortunately, there are a few techniques for regulating and promoting your dog's intestinal health. Probiotics are one of the most popular methods to do so.
WONDERPETS considers all of your pet's needs, including their inner health, which is why we stock a great range of pet supplements, probiotics and anxiety aids for your furry friends!
What is a pet probiotic?
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live inside your doggo's body and help them fight sickness, enhance their immune system, and improve their overall health – in the same way they do for humans. Probiotics may be helpful if your dog is showing signs of stress, loose stools, malnutrition, changes to their skin or ears, illness, allergies, and/or an unpleasant odour from their coat or breath.
It's preferable if a veterinarian determines your dog's probiotic needs. You might be wondering, though, which type should be used, and how long will it take to solve a specific issue? Both are essential questions when considering probiotics for your playful pup.
What should I expect if my dog is on probiotics?
When a veterinarian gives your dog probiotics, the amount of time it takes for them to work depends on why they're being provided. In the case of gastrointestinal discomfort, if your pet's health is not improving or their symptoms are worsening after a few days, you should contact your veterinarian. Some of the claimed immune system effects of probiotics are likely to take longer, perhaps a month or more.
Your veterinarian will tell you how many probiotics to give your pet. This medicine is usually given once or twice a day and is frequently provided with their food. Probiotics are available in various formats, including pastes, powders, and tablets, and some pets will have a preference or dislike for each. You’ll want to consider all of these factors when establishing how long it will take pet probiotics to affect your dog.
Do probiotics only work for sick dogs?
According to some data, probiotics may offer health benefits in dogs who are otherwise healthy. Research has also shown that probiotics work to help support a healthy immune system and calm stressed dogs. But there's also some indication that low-quality probiotics can upset an otherwise healthy gut ecosystem, although more research is needed on this. If your pet is in good health, adding a probiotic supplement to their diet is generally unnecessary. However, if you're interested in giving it a try, consult a veterinarian first to see if pet probiotics are going to benefit your dog.
Can probiotics be mixed with other medications?
Probiotics should be safe to use in conjunction with most other medications. Still, you should always check with your veterinarian to see if a supplement (such as a probiotic) can be administered with your pet's other medications.
How long does it take for probiotics to help my dog with diarrhoea?
This is determined by the reason for your pet's diarrhoea. Even if the diarrhoea hasn't entirely cleared yet, you should notice an improvement within a few days. If your pet's diarrhoea hasn't improved, is getting worse, or is exhibiting other symptoms, you should seek guidance from your veterinarian.
When should I talk to a vet?
When a veterinarian prescribes a treatment plan, they will generally tell you when you should contact them again. For example, they may advise you to call them after a particular number of days if your pet's health has not improved - or sooner if things deteriorate. However, if you are concerned about your pet, you should contact the veterinarian as quickly as possible, even if it is sooner than they have recommended.
Find the right pet probiotic
Probiotics may benefit your dog's digestive health as well as their general immunity. They may also act as calming agents if your dog is anxious or distressed. WONDERPETS has a terrific collection of pet probiotics and supplements that you can have a look at right here. Remember to always consult your pet's veterinarian before use.