Monday, November 23, 2009

Radically Boost Your Pet's Immune System

Our recent diagnosis of pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease had us focusing on probiotics for our kitty, Squeek. There was a lot of research online about the use of them for both of these diseases and a lot more.

We have always believed in probiotics as an important part of immune health. Anytime we travel to a foreign country, we prepare for a week ahead taking Bifidophilus and then use it morning and evening while we're gone. We don't have to worry about drinking the local water or eating fresh fruits and vegetables which are our favorite foods, being vegetarian.

Since Squeek had gone through a few days of antibiotics, we also wanted to repopulate the natural flora in her intestinal system while we used Silver Shield to keep the immune system killing off the foreign invaders. I know it made a difference for Squeek, but here's a great article strictly related to pets.

One Simple Step to Radically Boost Your Pet's Immune System

At long last, the benefit of probiotics for your companion animals is receiving the attention it deserves in the traditional veterinary community.

Probiotic therapy has been scientifically studied and proved beneficial in the treatment of pets with diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic renal disease, and pancreatitis.

Just as exciting are studies which indicate probiotics positively influence the development and health of your dog’s or cat’s immune system function.

According to Susan G. Wynn, DVM, of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Tennessee:

“... it is increasingly clear that manipulation of the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract has powerful systemic effects. Use of probiotics clearly enhances immune function in a number of species, including dogs and cats, and appears to have a role in the treatment of animals with certain gastrointestinal conditions.”

Dr. Wynn goes on to say the use of probiotics in humans in the treatment of recurrent urinary tract infections, the prevention and management of allergies, and other conditions, suggests further potential benefits for our four-legged companions. Read entire article.

1 comment:

Vicky27 said...

yes, i agree that probiotics can help with digestive problems. my 11-year old dalmatian/labrador mix, had diarrhea since i got him as a puppy. my vet said that he has colitis and recommended mitomaxsuper probiotic. so far, his stool looks better and i am happy. i don’t know if it will work for a cat, but you may check it out.

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