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10 facts about probiotics in dogs and cats
1.) Bacteria reside throughout your dog's body, although the majority can be found in your dog's intestines. The fact that bacteria are everywhere in the dog is why probiotics have a positive effect on all aspects of your dog's health, not just his gastrointestinal tract.
2.) Probiotics produce natural antibodies that have the specific task of eliminating pathogenic (bad) bacteria.
3.) Probiotics form a symbiotic relationship with a dog's body. Because of this, they work together to defend the dog against fungal, viral and bacterial infections.
4.) Probiotics not only help to balance the intestinal flora, but also ensure optimal digestion.
5.) Dogs (and humans) have 11 times more bacteria in their bodies than blood, bone and tissue cells.
6.) All puppies are born disease free. A puppy's intestinal flora is formed during the first two or three months of life, but is quickly disrupted by poor nutrition, poor hygiene and antibiotics. This makes it extremely important to guarantee good health for your puppy, so we recommend supporting your dog's intestinal flora with Zoolac Propaste immediately after birth (* note that not all probiotics are suitable for this)
7.) There is a difference between pro- and pre-biotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that colonize the intestines and tackle the bad bacteria there. Prebiotics are substances that support microbial growth in the intestines.
8.) The first symptom of dysbacteriosis in dogs is diarrhea, usually accompanied by flatulence, bloating and strange noises in the stomach. Antibiotics often cause diarrhea because they disrupt the general intestinal flora. Antibiotics are not selective and kill both good and bad bacteria, which is why we recommend supporting your dog during an antibiotic course with, for example, Zoolac Propaste.
9.) A healthy digestive tract also affects your animal's brain and cognitive abilities. When your dog's digestive system is unable to break down food, the brain will also stop functioning normally. Dogs with dysbacteriosis are less likely to respond to commands, stare blankly into space or wander aimlessly, as if they don't know where to go.
10.) When you switch to a different food, your dog's intestinal flora can also become upset because your dog first has to get used to his/her new food. Therefore, try to make the transition gradually and support your dog's intestinal flora with probiotics.
*Many probiotics contain a stopping agent and can therefore not be used preventively. Zoolac Propaste contains only naturally occurring bacteria that are well absorbed by the animals, so that it balances the intestinal flora in cats and dogs. The diarrhea is successfully combated in 95% of cases.