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Beneficial bacteria for cats and dogs

We talked previously about Cat and dog vaccinations guide to eliminate harmful bacteria, but there are beneficial bacteria, the digestive s...

We talked previously about Cat and dog vaccinations guide to eliminate harmful bacteria, but there are beneficial bacteria, the digestive system of cats/dogs (even humans) is home to billions of both beneficial and unhealthy bacteria all of which keep the digestive system healthy, as the digestive system contains about 70% of the body's immune system.

Beneficial bacteria for cats and dogs

Beneficial bacteria for cats and dogs

1. Definition of beneficial bacteria

What are the beneficial bacteria Probiotics?

Probiotics are the microbes that live in the digestive system. These beneficial bacteria and yeasts help in the digestion of food and excretion, resistance to disease, and the stability of the immune system, as the digestive system is the basis of immunity.

When the percentage of unhealthy bacteria exceeds the beneficial bacteria due to bad food, disease, antibiotics, or others, it causes us digestive problems and problems with excretory (diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, gas, strong odors with excrement...) and a general weakness of immunity, so we give it to cats and dogs at the time of problems. The digestive system rebalances the bacteria in the intestines and the body fights diseases more efficiently.

And because the digestive system is the basis of immunity, care must be taken on the quality of the food consumed by the animal (natural unprocessed food), as well as supporting it with the appropriate supplements at the right time and the appropriate dose, including probiotics.

What is the benefit of beneficial bacteria Probiotics?

Probiotics support the digestive system in several ways, but there have been numerous studies regarding their benefits to the body (both for animals and humans), and it was pointed out that the benefits may exceed the benefit for the digestive system to include several other benefits for the immune system, liver diseases, allergies, diabetes, obesity, modifying some behavioral and mood problems, improving the immune response to vaccines, and others.

What is the difference between Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics?

Prebiotics are non-digestible dietary fibers that enter the body to be food for the beneficial bacteria probiotics, which in turn nourish and promote their growth and health in the intestine. A cat/dog can obtain prebiotics from his diet or through added fiber, and an excellent source is fermented vegetables, we do not recommend vegetables Cooked vegetables are especially for cats and refer to the nutrition blog for more important details regarding fermented vegetables, which are a source of fiber, yeasts, beneficial bacteria, and vitamins together, we repeat... We do not mean cooked vegetables!

Synbiotics, they are a product that contains both prebiotics and probiotics, but the abundance of prebiotics causes gas and stomach pain because carnivores do not need a large amount of fiber in their diet. In my opinion, probiotic products alone, God willing, are sufficient if we choose the right product and fortify the food with fermented vegetables from time to time.

What is the difference between Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes?

Both probiotics and digestive enzymes aid in the process of digestion in their different ways, as digestive enzymes are proteins that help break down food molecules, absorb it and distribute its benefits within the body, probiotics help stimulate and support tissues and organs to absorb this food, and help with bowel movement and excretion, so together They work better

Warning: Dr. recommends. Karen Becker should choose high-quality digestive enzymes that are made from animals (not from plants or fungi), and should contain some or all of these ingredients: betaine HCI, ox bile extract, bromelain, papain, pancreatin, protease, amylase, lipase.

Can the cat/dog body suffice with probiotics and digestive enzymes from natural sources? 

Digestive enzymes The body of a healthy young cat/dog that adopts a natural (raw) carnivorous diet can naturally secrete them and obtain some of the supporting enzymes from the same raw meat and raw organs specific to the pancreas of the prey, which makes the digestion process more smooth and reduces the possibility of digestive problems as a result of indigestion, Raw also contains a proportion of probiotics, but this does not necessarily mean that a cat/dog that eats a raw, balanced diet will never need probiotics because many of them die during the freezing stage (enzymes and probiotics all die by cooking), but still, fresh natural food is the basis of all Something (refer to the nutrition post) and we can support the beneficial bacteria in their body from another natural source, which is kefir (natural milk fermented in a certain way). You can research its subject in detail before serving.

2. Use of beneficial bacteria

Since we are dealing with living organisms that will reproduce and be active inside the body, it is important to know the basics about their types, breeds, activity and how they affect the animal's body, and we do not let the fact that they are safe and beneficial - in general - discourage us from choosing and researching carefully.

How to use probiotics depends on the type of product used, so the instructions on the company’s website or behind the product package will help you, mostly once a day for a certain period, added before serving and not before freezing or cooking as high temperatures or high cold damage them, and pure probiotics products are mostly Suitable for cats/dogs of all ages and stages

Introducing beneficial bacteria to your cat/dog for the first time

Each cat/dog may show a different reaction when trying probiotics for the first time, it is best to give him a dose a little lower than required to monitor the reaction of the body at first and gradually increase it with food over 7-10 days, especially if you notice persistent diarrhea (may mean that the dose is not appropriate Or the product is not suitable, either change the product or reduce the dose to half/quarter in the first 1-2 weeks).

Symptoms that may be noticed at the beginning of the cat/dog’s consumption of probiotics are thirst (drinking more water), change in stool consistency, flatulence and gas, which are normal signs of detoxifying (if they are not accompanied by allergy or signs of illness) and disappear within a few days or several weeks mostly.

Storage of beneficial bacteria

Packages of live bacteria should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from strong light and sunlight, if they are liquid. Refrigeration is required, but powder and capsules often do not require this and kept at room temperature (provided that the temperature does not exceed 15-20 °C), but the method of storage depends on the Same product as well.

3. The beneficial bacteria course

There is no specific course for probiotics and it is not possible to specify one course for all cats/dogs because their conditions vary, as well as the product of probiotics used and the type of food varies, it depends more on your knowledge and observation of the condition of your cat/dog and your observation of symptoms, changes, and improvement, but these courses that I have extracted do not mean that they are most suitable for all cats and dogs:

Preventive course:

Probiotics can be taken as a preventive measure once a month for 5-7 days, especially when adopting a balanced, non-raw diet.

Therapy course:

The last period is 7-14 days even if we see improvement from the first day, and the longest period is 30 days if the cat’s condition calls for this period, it increases and decreases according to the condition of the cat/dog, and in all cases, it is important to try to find out the root cause of the problem (nutritional, health, psychological, environmental reasons… ), as well as taking care to maintain the balance of bacteria in the long term.

4. How do we maintain the balance of bacteria in the digestive system?

Cats/dogs have vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or frequent digestive problems, especially the recurrence of vomiting Herbol more than twice a month for cats with long fur and more than once a month for cats with short fur. In order to maintain it, we must focus on several points, including:

Adopting fresh, unprocessed, or cooked natural food, which is Balanced Raw Food :

Raw food has been shown to be the most easily digestible food for cats and dogs (because it is their natural food) and in another 2017 study, it was shown that a balanced raw diet (with few fermented vegetables ) promotes a more balanced growth of gut bacterial communities and a positive change in gut function readings health compared to other diets.

Do not use antibiotics for cats and dogs unless absolutely necessary

Where it was noted that its effect on the reproduction of benign bacteria may last forever and thus increase the benign bacteria, and its effect may go beyond the imbalance of bacteria in the intestines to weaken immunity, allergies, respiratory problems, and others.

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