Greetings and happy Veterinary Pharmacy Friday. Hopefully all of our patients (human and veterinary) are safe after the Hurricane! Today the hot topic is Probiotics for pets. Most people are quite familiar with the concept of probiotics for themselves and likely take them as part of a healthy diet regimen, but what about for pets?
Probiotics are living microorganisms that, upon ingestion in sufficient numbers, impart health benefits beyond those of inherent basic nutrition. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria have been the most commonly used human probiotics, but multi-strain cocktails and nonbacterial Saccharomyces boulardii also have been used for their probiotic effects. Probiotic bacteria confer measurable host benefits, including the ability to improve epithelial barrier function, modulate the mucosal immune system, and alter the intestinal microbiota.
There are reports on the use of probiotic bacteria in dogs and cats. Recent in vitro studies have confirmed the capacity of a probiotic mixture of Lactobacillus strains to modulate the expression of regulatory versus pro-inflammatory cytokines in dogs with chronic enteropathies. Aside from the positive scientific data, there was also noted a clinical improvement in the animals tested. Sweetgrass is excited to now offer Probiotics for your four-leggged family members. The pharmacy offers equine, canine, and feline probiotic treats. And we have gotten positive feedback from all 3 species and their families 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
As we brace for Irma's possible landfall, please remember to start getting prepared NOW. Stop by the pharmacy and pick up needed hurricane supplies and fill/refill your prescriptions. Do not evacuate without them. Most insurance companies are currently allowing emergency overrides for early refills. Call us if you have any questions. Stay Safe! ... See MoreSee Less