I'm interested in hearing from others who are giving probiotics to their cat(s) due to health issues. A week ago I started giving Binky probiotics in hopes of helping with her Feline Hyperthesia Syndrome (constant muscle twitching). My sister's dog suffers from seizures and one of the things the holistic vet recommended (along with Chinese Herbal Meds) were probiotics made by Genestra (Human Strain). It's been a week that I've been giving Binky 1 capsule a day mixed in with her food and I've been able to cut down her dosage of meds. I believe the probiotics are doing something but only time will tell. I believe it takes a few months to really start working on her system to help clean her intestinal tract and help eliminate the effects of her medications. I found some excellent information on Probiotics and how it can help dogs and cats which I've shared below. What are your thoughts? Have you seen result in your cat(s) from giving them Probiotics or Enzymes? I've also heard that Pee Pollen and Yucca (made for animals) is good for treating inflammation.
Reduce Inflammatory Chemicals
Allergies are the body's over-reaction to an antigen (invading substance). This can be
caused by an allergen such as pollen, an ingredient in your pet's food, something in their
environment such as a household cleaner, or a substance placed on them, like topical flea
and tick pesticides, or in them, like vaccinations. Of course we want to figure out the cause
and do our best to eliminate it, but in the meantime we want to help the body to better cope
by reducing inflammatory chemicals circulating in the blood stream, like histamine, and
balance the immune system.
Improve Digestion with Plant Enzymes and Probiotics
Allergies are often caused by poor digestion. When food is poorly digested larger than
normal food particles that are the result of incomplete digestion can make their way through
the lining of the digestive tract and into the blood stream. This results in an immune system
reaction and the release of inflammatory chemicals that result in allergy symptoms. Even if
this is not the cause of your pet's allergy symptoms, one thing we can be certain of is that
promoting better digestion and maintaining thriving colonies of beneficial flora lining the
digestive tract will result in a healthier dog or cat. Enzymes will help your animal digest their
food quicker and more thoroughly and probiotics have numerous benefits for not only better
digestion but a healthier immune system and protection against invading organisms that can
help prevent future bouts of diarrhea.
Acidify the Gut for Optimum Digestion
Along the same lines of what we talked about above, we want to increase digestion. But this
time we want to focus on acidifying the gut to make sure that the proteins, the food particles
largely responsible for an inflammatory response by the body are properly and fully digested.
Many animals we see are having problems with hypochloridia, or low stomach acid output.
Feeding a kibble diet raises the alkalinity of your pet's stomach resulting in incomplete
digestion, but dogs and cats can have problems properly digesting other foods as well. This
contributes to many inflammatory issues in the body such as irritable bowel issues, arthritis
and allergies. In order to acidify the gut many people use apple cider vinegar. We prefer
Probiotic Digestive Tonic for this purpose because it is rich in lactic acid that creates an
optimal environment for digestion as opposed to acetic acid in apple cider vinegar.