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The Scoop on Antibiotics, Probiotics and Prebiotics

Antibiotics are a miracle of modern medicine, but they come at a price. When a dog like Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray is taking a long course of antibiotics to fight off an infection, the drugs can actually kill both good AND bad bacteria in the intestine.

Wyatt recovers from surgery.

According to VetInfo.com, antibiotics put the animal at great risk for:

  • Drug resistance
  • Yest infections
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fever
  • High white blood cell count
  • Dehydration
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Blood in urine, or discolored urine
  • Hair loss
  • Rashes
  • Bad breath

Wyatt Ray is nearly recovered from his rump lump ordeal, but he’s required to take marbofloxacin, a potent antibiotic for several more weeks.

We are concerned about how the drug will effect his notoriously sensitive belly, and recently contacted the good folks at National Pet Pharmacy to find a good digestive enzyme supplement, which is one of the best remedies to fight off antibiotic side effects.

A week later, National Pet Pharmacy sent us a complimentary jar of
NaturVet Digestive Enzymes with Prebiotics & Probiotics For Dogs and Cats
to test on Wyatt, in return for sharing our experience with the product with you.


Digestive Health Probiotics

Antibiotics, Prebiotics, Probiotics, What’s It All About?

NaturVet Digestive Enzymes with Prebiotics & Probiotics For Dogs and CatsAntibiotics don’t know the difference between good bacteria and bad bacteria. In simplest terms, bad bacteria causes things like staph infections, while good bacteria helps our guts function smoothly. As a consequence, they obliterate everything that reeks of bacteria in the intestine.

Since a lack of beneficial bacteria can result in a multitude of other issues, the best way to boost the immune system and amount of good bacteria that the body produces, is to introduce probiotics in the intestinal tract. NaturVet Digestive Enzymes will do this.

Prebiotics help to support your pet’s naturally occurring beneficial bacteria. Probiotics contain a blend of live/viable naturally occurring microorganisms recommended to help support a healthy digestive tract and maintain a healthy immune system.

Probiotic supplements are a conglomeration of friendly bacteria and cultures that can help dogs who are experiencing diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, flatulence and other intestinal distress.

NaturVet Digestive Enzymes with Prebiotics & Probiotics For Dogs and Cats contains a source of:

  • Alpha-Amylase which can hydrolyze starch
  • Protease which can hydrolyze proteins
  • Cellulase which can break down cellulose
  • Lipase which can hydrolyze triglycerides.

Does It Work?

Wyatt has been taking the NaturVet product for about two weeks. The jar is a whopping 4 ounces, so it will be a while before he’s consumed all of it.

Digestive Health Probiotics

For now, Wyatt’s poop is bouncy, and he hasn’t shown any signs of intestinal issues. He is currently suffering from a bad bout of itching, which we think is a side effect of the marbofloxacin. We are hoping that this product will help with the non-stop scratching too. Stay tuned for more updates about how this product is working for Wyatt.

National Pet Pharmacy carries NaturVet Digestive Enzymes. This full service online pet pharmacy has everything needed for a happy and healthy pet. You’ll find all of your pet meds, pet food, treats, toys, crates, shampoos, vitamins, and anything else your pet needs.

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