You may have heard about the benefits of probiotics for digestion in people, but there are also benefits of probiotics for pets such as our Pet Flora probiotic. Promising medical research has found that the health of the gut microbiome plays an incredibly important part in the prevention of many chronic illnesses, diseases, and discomforts. The same can be said for our beloved pets. The health of your pet can be strongly affected by their diet, food intake, and the health of their digestive system.
What are Probiotics?
Yeasts, fungi, bacteria, molds, and other micro-organisms are often considered disease vectors. Probiotics, on the other hand, are a class of protective micro-organisms. Probiotics not only regulate the concentrations of other micro-organisms, but they also assist metabolism in numerous other ways, including the production of nutrients, the regulation of pH, and they even contribute to mood and mental stability.
An entire universe, containing billions of these tiny life forms reside in and on every surface of our bodies. These soil-based organisms (SBOs) live in our digestive tract all throughout the stomach to the small and large intestines. There are many different species of micro-organisms that all tend to reside in different parts of the digestive system as well as belong to their own classification.
Pet Flora is a Different Kind of Probiotic
Pet Flora is a soil-based probiotic which can help regulate the flora in the GI tract of your cat or dog. Unlike many probiotics which are cultured in dairy, Pet Flora is cultivated in Leonardite (a soil component). This is a benefit as it avoids any complications for cats and dogs that may be sensitive or intolerant of lactose products.
Pet Flora contains a spectrum of 29 microflora, that fall into the following eleven categories: Acinetobacter Arthrobacter Azospirillum Azotobacter Bacillus Bacteroides Brevibacterium Kurtha Myrothecium P Chrysosporium Pseudomonas Streptomyces
The proliferation of these microflorae into their 29 plus sub-species variations is promoted by the prebiotic complexes, and the Humic and Fulvic acids extracted from ancient plant deposits. All twelve seed species are Class One Microbiological agents. Pet Flora is made up of: A proprietary blend of Leonardite, Humic Acid, Fulvic Acid, Arabinogalactan, A. agilis, A. citreus, A. globiformis, A. luteus, A. simplex, A. calcoaceticus, A. chroococcum, A. paspali, A. brasiliense, A. lipoferum, B. brevis, B. marcerans, B pumilis, B. polymyxa, B. subtilis, Bact. lipolyticum, B. stationis, K. zopfil, M. verrucaria, P. calcis, P. dentrificans, P. fluorescens, P. glathei, P. chrysosporium, S. fradiae, S. celluslosae, S. griseoflavus
Pet Flora stands apart from other probiotics in a big way because of the added Humic and Fulvic acids. These acids are extracted from humates. Fulvic acid boosts immunity and reduces inflammation in the body. Humic acid has potent anti-viral properties which makes it an invaluable addition to a probiotic. Pet Flora is the only probiotic to incorporate Humic and Fulvic acids.
Dr. Howard Peiper, in his book, “Live Disease Free”, writes,
“In addition to vitamins and minerals, humic acid is a third and vitally important nutrient required for health.”
“Humic acid’s ability to selectively regulate and strengthen the immune system provides benefits such as increased resistance to colds, supercharging the immune system, and assisting in eliminating parasites and pathogens, and much more.”
Signs Your Pet May Need Probiotic Supplementation
All cats and dogs will benefit from supplementation with probiotics, including those that are not overtly experiencing digestive issues or discomfort. Probiotics assist the digestion process as well as promote the overall health of the immune system, which has a close relationship with digestion in both animals and humans.
Some common signs your pet may benefit from probiotics:
- Digestive issues induced by stress
- Inadequate diet or sudden changes in diet
- Taking medications such as antibiotics
- Poor breath or body odor
- Excessive gas or burping
These are just a few examples of issues or symptoms that may disrupt and irritate the GI tract of your beloved pet. If you believe your animal needs professional help we encourage you to find a holistic vet. You can find a holistic vet in your area by visiting ahvma.org.
A quality probiotic can help restore the balance of the digestive system. Diarrhea or vomiting can be a sign that your pet is eating something that is not being digested properly or irritating the system and being expelled. Diarrhea and vomiting can also be a sign of a deeper problem, such as lymphoma. In any case, GI problems are an important sign that something is amiss and the place to start is with a probiotic.
Antibiotics are often prescribed to help our pets overcome illness, but the drawback to these medications is that they wipe out the good bacteria with the bad, leaving your pet with a significantly weakened ability to breakdown and absorb nutrients properly from food.
Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet
A good probiotic supplement can keep your pet healthy and happy. One of the easiest ways to tell if your pet’s digestive health is well is by examining their stools. This study by Kelley et. al examined the fecal quality between two groups of pets, one which was administered a probiotic solution and one which was not. Both groups were subjected to relocation (a stressor for pets) and the results show that fecal scores were higher in the group that was given a probiotic than the non-probiotic group. The probiotic group also had a lower number of unacceptable stools.
The gist of the study points to a growing body of research which proves the value of probiotic supplementation in pet nutrition. Dietary inadequacies or pet relocation or boarding are examples where a quality probiotic will be very helpful.
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