Pooey! Is your pet’s gut in a rut? 💩

Has this happened to you? You’re sitting on the lounge, cuddled up with your family watching a show, and then out of nowhere…

 

 

 

BAM!

What is that smell?? Did our pooch get into the garbage? Uh Oh. We might have a case of a bad microbiota 😬 Read on! We’ve got just the remedy for the baddest bowels, annoying anal glands, fumigating farts, putrid poos, or tumultuous tummies.

 

What is the microbiota?

Think of the gut like a tiny ecosystem, brimming with microorganisms to help replenish the GI tract’s well-being and function. This is the microbiota. Its main function is to protect against pathogenic bacteria. A balanced intestinal ecosystem is important for maintaining GI health. The term ‘dysbiosis’ describes an imbalance of the microbiota, which results in a disturbance of GI homeostasis.

 

 

What causes dysbiosis?

Any factor that affects the GI tract environment can cause a dysbiosis. Common examples are:

  • Antibiotics – indiscriminately kill both beneficial and pathogenic bacteria that colonise the GI tract.
  • Gastrointestinal disease – changes in gut motility or pH.
  • Stress – kennelling, travelling, a change at home, such as renovations or a new family member. These are all common examples that trigger cortisol levels to rise, increasing the gut’s pH which favours the growth of bad bacteria.
  • Dietary change – sudden changes can put the gut all out of whack!
  • Age –as our pets get old, their microbiome may be showing signs of ageing, too, with the good bacteria being overrun out of the ecosystem.
  • Allergies – food and environmental allergies can severely affect the gut. As their immune system tries to fight the allergen, the inflammation can wreak havoc in the gut.

What are the symptoms?

  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence

The list of the undesirable GI issues goes on, and overtime, can affect overall health and well-being in other body systems.

So how can we help?

Let’s replenish that gut’s ecosystem with the good stuff! Pre-biotics and pro-biotics are ‘live micro-organisms’, which when given regularly, provide multiple benefits to the GI tract, including:

  • Competitive exclusion – competing for prime real-estate on nutrition adhesion sites, giving the bad bacteria the boot.
  • Lactic acid production – decreasing the pH to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella spp.
  • Immune effects – activate and modulate both the specific and adaptive immune responses.

The best part is that probiotics can help any case of gastrointestinal disturbance, and is highly recommended after your pet is on a course of antibiotics, has ongoing allergies, or suffers from any of the symptoms listed above.  

Here’s our best products for the job:

  • Pro-Kolin+ – Australia’s first probiotic paste specifically targeting acute gastrointestinal disturbance.
    • Why we love it – it contains Kaolin to naturally remove toxins, and tasty beef flavouring.
  • Hills Microbiome Prescription Diet – Incorporating a dynamic blend of fibre-rich ingredients, prebiotics, and low-allergen proteins for a complete balanced diet.
    • Why we love it – A full balanced diet for when your pet needs a microbiota re-set. It’s all in one, and we love that it has a palatability guarantee. They love the taste or your money back.
    • Glandex – Supporting those anal glands! Using a unique fibre blend to help promote bulky and firm stools, this encourages the natural emptying of their anal glands so that they don’t become blocked and sore. Containing probiotics and digestive enzymes.
      • Why we love it – no more blocked bottom glands! 🙈 Ouchie!
    • Digesticare – Probiotic multistrain, multispecies and wholefood powder for maintenance of everyday digestive health in dogs.
      • Why we love it – Now available is Digesticare SB – the only probiotic on the Australian market not impacted by antibiotics.

    So what do you think? Are you ready to turn those runny stools into solid jewels? That fishy toot or bottom scoot to a happy tum and waggy bum? Let us know below! 

    As a bonus, mention this blog post to us in clinic and receive a FREE gut-health gift pack, full of our favourite probiotics. Available while stocks last for both dogs and cats.  

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