The use of probiotics as dietary supplements in dogs

Jennifer Hamlin
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gastrointestinal microflora are non-pathogenic, naturally occurring ‘beneficial’ bacteria that reside in the gastrointestinal tract and play an important role in physiological functions including enhancing the overall health of the intestinal tract and stimulating a strong immune system. When bacterial populations diminish, their health benefits to the animal may also diminish and this can potentially result in digestive upsets. Intestinal disorders pose a significant clinical caseload in clinical practice and one way to prevent and treat these cases is to support normal digestive function with the addition of synbiotics, which are oral supplements consisting of probiotics (beneficial bacteria) and prebiotics (nondigestable carbohydrates that support the growth of beneficial bacteria).

The use of probiotics as dietary supplements in dogs
The use of probiotics as dietary supplements in dogs

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