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Regular consumption of foods or supplements containing prebiotic enzymes and probiotics can be beneficial to your pet’s overall health. Probiotics and prebiotics occur naturally in certain foods, can be added to foods or provided as a supplement to benefit the gastrointestinal tract. This can be especially helpful when changing your pet’s diet or helping to relieve bouts of diarrhea or gas.

Pets and people have bacteria growing in their guts to help digest their food. Probiotics and prebotics promote the healthy growth and activity of the beneficial intestinal bacteria.

While most of our foods contain prebiotics (often called direct-fed microbials) and probiotics like Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Enterococcus, Ark Naturals’ Gentle Digest is an example of a popular supplement that can be used for occassional diarrhea, gas, constipation and ear yeast issues. For more detailed information, Natura Pet, the manufacturer of brands like EVO, Innova and California Natural, has a PDF technical guide to Probiotics and Prebiotics on their website.


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