Monday, December 10, 2018

Why Use Probiotics For Parasites in Dogs & Cats?

Worms and parasites in puppies and kittens are very common.  Puppies and kittens are especially susceptible to worms and parasites as their immune system is not fully developed and they often acquire them in utero or while nursing.   Adult pets can get worms and parasites too.    The most common type of parasites and worms that affect pets are hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, tapeworms and giardia.

Signs your pet might have worms or parasites:
  • Scooting on rear end 
  • Visible worms in vomit or feces
  • Bloated stomach or belly 
  • Weakness, increased appetite along with weight loss  
  • Diarrhea, particularly with blood
If you notice any of the signs, please bring your pet to the veterinarian along with a stool sample.  Your veterinarian will determine the best course of treatment depending upon the type of infestation.   Some parasites such as giardia are contagious to humans and can be hard to eliminate without a conscientious, regimented approach.  Both the infestation and the treatments can be irritating to the pet's intestinal tract and cause some inflammation.  If the pet is susceptible, the infestation can return, further weakening the lining of the intestinal tract.  It is essential to use a few supportive GI supplements, along with prescription medications if your pet has had worms or parasites to help prevent recurrence and to prevent the long-term side effects of giardia.

Note:  after working in dog rescue for 15 years, we have seen the effects of worms and parasites left untreated or improperly treated.  We do not advocate a "do it yourself" approach.  Please take your pet to the veterinarian for treatment.

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How Do Probiotics Help Cats And Dogs With Parastites?

Probiotics can play a supportive role in helping pets with parasites, although they are not a direct treatment for parasitic infections. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that contribute to the balance of the gut microbiome. Here's how probiotics can potentially aid dogs and cats with parasites:

Restoration of Gut Health: Parasitic infections can disrupt the natural balance of the gut microbiota, leading to gastrointestinal issues. Probiotics help restore a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut, promoting overall digestive health.

Competitive Exclusion: Probiotics can compete with harmful pathogens, including some parasites, for resources and space in the digestive tract. By establishing a strong presence in the gut, probiotics may limit the ability of parasites to colonize and thrive.

Reduced Inflammation: Parasitic infections can cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, potentially helping to alleviate inflammation associated with parasitic infestations.

Improved Nutrient Absorption: Some parasites can interfere with the absorption of nutrients in the digestive system. Probiotics may enhance nutrient absorption, helping to counteract the negative impact of parasitic infections on the cat or dog's overall health.

It's important to note that while probiotics can offer support, they are not a substitute for specific anti-parasitic medications prescribed by a veterinarian. If you suspect your pet has a parasitic infection, it's crucial to seek professional veterinary advice for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Published 12/10/2018
Updated:  2/2/2024
Author:  Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist