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How To Give Your Pet Their Probiotics

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Owning a pet brings immense joy. It is one of the more rewarding relationships you can have in terms of companionship. With this comes great responsibility too, as your pet is completely reliant on you for most of the essentials it needs.

Besides being worthy companions, pets enrich our lives through loyalty and some are fantastic exercise partners. According to the American Heart Association, owning a dog may even prevent heart disease.

To ensure that they live out their lives to the absolute fullest, you may want to consider giving your pet a daily probiotic. We know that giving your pet medication can prove to be an incredibly tricky task and that is why we have put together a list of guidelines on how to give your pet their probiotics.

Peanut Butter

PetproBio comes in liquid form, so a creative way of giving it to your pet is by working out the weekly recommended dose and mixing it with peanut butter.  Dogs especially love peanut butter, so make sure to use quite a bit in order to preserve the peanut butter’s familiar consistency. You’ll have to figure out the exact ratio, being mindful of over or under-dosing. Mix the probiotic in thoroughly so that it is distributed evenly and then use a measuring spoon when giving it to your pet. For dogs, use a hoof – they’ll be sure to finish every bit.

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Soft, sticky and pungent food

For many pets, soft food (either canned or in sachets/pockets) is quite irresistible, it’s an incredibly effortless way of giving your pet its medicine. With fussy pets that don’t usually east soft food plain, mix it in with their pellets and some warm water and your pet should consume the probiotic seamlessly.

Create competition

Another method is lacing meat with the probiotic. If you have more than one pet, then call them both to the kitchen. Give them the impression that they’re about to be rewarded and put the “treats” in a bowel. In most instances, they’ll think that there’s going to be more than a one each. Give them their treats at the same time. They’ll most like guzzle them down without thinking because of the fear of missing out on another one. This is when you give them an additional treat which has been laced with the medication.

Trick them

With a lot of pets, you’ll find that when you’re cooking they hover around you, in hope that you’ll mistakenly drop some of the ingredients on the floor. Encourage this and make them wait. When the moment is right, drop a treat (containing the probiotic) on the floor. They’ll think they just hit the jackpot while simultaneously being coaxed into consuming a probiotic.

What is in PetproBio?

It is a natural prebiotic supplement for your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. It contains only the finest organic and GM-free herbs. Proudly bottled in the UK, this powerful supplement for general pet health has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

If you’re looking to enrich your pet’s life, giving it the opportunity to live out its days in a healthy and natural way, get in touch with us for more information.

Your Dog and Food Allergies

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Ensuring your pet stays happy and healthy is the most important job to any pet owner. PetproBio is a natural prebiotic supplement for your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. We have teamed up with the lovely Jane Howe – Freelance pet care writer. Below she explains dog food allergies and how natural remedies can help.

PetproBioFood allergies – what exactly are they?
Food allergies in dogs are when the body’s immune system goes a little over the top in response to a harmless trigger food, such as beef or wheat. This usually results in skin disease, gastrointestinal upsets such as vomiting and diarrhoea, or both. Unfortunately, once the allergy has started and the immune system has become ‘primed’, nothing but complete avoidance of the trigger foods will alleviate the symptoms.

 

What to do if your dog has an allergy
The first thing is to rule out other causes, as lots of much more common conditions can lead to pruritus (itching) or tummy upsets. A quick trip to your local vet’s office to make sure nothing else is going on is a good starting point. After this, the next step is usually a food trial. This involves feeding your dog a diet consisting completely of foods that they have never experienced before, such as duck and tapioca or bison and sweet potato, known as an exclusion diet. If your dog has never eaten these foods before it cannot mount an immune response to them. These diets can be home cooked or purchased from your vet or pet store. Alternatively, feeding a hydrolyzed diet where the particles are too small to trigger an allergy can also help. Studies have shown that a complete diagnosis can only be made if the symptoms resolve whilst on the food trial, but return if the original trigger food is reintroduced to the diet.
Food allergies in our dogs are not that common, but if your pet is one of the unfortunate ones it will mean feeding them a special diet for the rest of their life. This means all their food needs to be free from triggers, including snacks. Fortunately, you can still give your doggy treats, you just need to put in a little extra effort to make them. If you stick to the new foods properly you should find that your dog’s health improves significantly.

Can Natural Remedies Help With Food Allergies?
Having a dog with food allergies can be extremely frustrating to deal with for everyone involved. Dry, itchy skin, rashes, constant ear infections and tummy upsets are just some of the possible symptoms of an allergy. It can be very upsetting to see your beloved pet uncomfortable and poorly all the time. While the actual problem will usually require a trip to your veterinarian and careful dietary control, owners can do a lot to reduce the stress levels that often go hand-in-hand with allergic conditions.
PetproBio can be used on a daily basis as a way to prevent health related problems with your pet. The probiotic benefits can be used to help aid food intolerances and settle diarrhoea and bowel trouble.

Blog Credit: Mary-Jane Howe, Freelance Writer
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5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Their Dogs Gut

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Every parent is concerned about their dogs health but isn’t necessarily educated on the correct steps one needs to take in order to ensure optimum health for their pets gut. As you’d know, dogs aren’t the most hygienic animal of all, unfortunately, eating and licking almost anything. From feline faeces to bits of plastic and whatever else they can get their little paws on. There was even a case where a 3-year-old Great Dane pup had eaten over 40 socks!

The scary truth is that a dog’s immune system isn’t that much different from a human, and what that means is that you have to be extra cautious with what your dog chews on or consumes. We know it’s not always possible to monitor what your dog gets up to or more fittingly, what goes down your dog’s belly, but there are solutions and precautions to combat the germs and disease your dog is exposed to on a daily basis.

At PetProBio we care immensely about the well being of your best friends and that is why we’ve taken the time to put together a list of 5 things every parent should know about their dog’s health.

Vaccinations:

Like humans, dogs, especially puppies, need vaccinations to defend them from all sorts of diseases that bacteria and germs carry. If you don’t take the necessary steps to vaccinate your dog, they can develop the following diseases:

  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • A canine Cough

These injections must be done by a professional. Its advisable to stick with one vet throughout his or her life, so find one that you like and can trust and let your doggy develop a long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship with its vet (just like you and your doctor or dentist). Your dog will need to go for check-ups just like you. The initial injections may be quite pricey, but they will prevent extremely expensive bills in the future if your dog were to contract one of the above illnesses.

Get your dog fixed:

This is purely for the prevention of your dog wanting to run away from home. Unless you are wanting to breed, professionals recommend de-sexing your dog at 6 months of age. Some owners do it sooner but just do your research first.

Whole raw foods for deworming:

Unbeknownst to some, there are healthy foods that can prevent and even rid your dog of worms.

Fruits and vegetables:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Carrots
  • Watercress
  • Fennel
  • Cucumber

These are all great foods that contain enzymes that help fight worms for your canine friend. When preparing such remedies for your dog, do a bit of research first in terms of amounts etc.

Avoid overfeeding:

Animals need the correct balance of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in order for their immune and digestive systems to work properly. If your dog isn’t fed a balanced diet, it can develop health issues such as:

  • Bone malformations
  • Poor bone density
  • Heart disease

This could be due to a lack of calcium, phosphorous and taurine. Make sure to look out for these specifics when feeding your pet. Consult a vet or research online for healthy diet plans, but make sure to never overfeed your dog. Some people may be under the impression that a dog with a bit of weight on it is a healthy dog, but this is most certainly not the case.

Overweight dogs can develop obesity, which can lead to many severe conditions such as:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • A decrease in stamina
  • High blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance and even diabetes
  • Several types of liver disease or dysfunction
  • An increased risk of developing malignant tumors (cancer)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • A lowered immune system functionality

This is one of the leading factors of premature death in canine, so make sure to condition your pup, and develop a healthy, sustainable diet while the dog is young.

Probiotics:

At PetProBio, we have developed a truly incredible prebiotic that can be used in all types of scenarios, here are a few, but the list is endless:

  • During and after the use of antibiotics
  • When your pet is recovering from illness
  • Before and after deworming
  • While staying at kennels or a cattery
  • General health for elderly animals
  • As a tonic to reduce stress in pets
  • To settle diarrhoea and bowel trouble
  • To aid with food intolerances and allergies
  • For Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

If you are looking to give your beloved dog a long, healthy and active life, filled with joy and experiences, then contact us to find out more on the perfect supplement that offers ultimate vitality for your pooch.

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Why PetProBio is Necessary for your Pet

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Not unlike humans, your pet’s immune system lies within its stomach (intestines). 70% of your pet’s immune cells reside within its little belly as it’s the largest organ in its body. You need to keep your pet’s digestive system running properly in order for your beloved companion to live a healthy, long lasting life. When the intestines contain bacteria, it can and will most likely have a negative effect on your pets physical and psychological health.

Some pet’s digestive tracts operate smoothly and are able to withstand diet changes while others struggle to consume different foods. You can never be too sure, and a distressed digestive system can lead to the following:

  • Severe Diarrhoea
  • A liquid stool consistency
  • Blood, and even mucus in the faeces
  • An increase in your pet’s bowel movement frequency
  • Tenesmus – when your pet struggles to defecate (can be painful)
  • Sporadic vomiting
  • A decrease in appetite

At PetproBio, we have your comrade’s well-being and best interests at the forefront of our minds. In fact, this is what we strive for. It is our foundation. This is the reason why we have created a natural prebiotic supplement for your pet’s overall health. Let’s explore why PetproBio is necessary for your pet:

What is PetproBio?

PetproBio is a pre-probiotic food supplement designed for your pet. It can help to increase its appetite and feed conversion. It also assists in maintaining your animal’s overall well-being, as well as its level of resistance.

This liquid fermented herb extract is 100% natural and includes the following ingredients:

  • Aniseed
  • Fennel
  • Rosemary
  • Raspberry Leaves
  • Yarrow
  • Golden Rod
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Peppermint
  • Birch Leaves

Basic ingredients include:

  • Water
  • sugar cane molasses (organically farmed)
  • lactose powder (organically farmed)

All herbs are certified organic and GM-free, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. For further insight into what PetproBio contains, view all ingredients and their descriptions here.

How does PetproBio work?

Once PetproBio is in the digestive system it encourages and aids friendly bacteria to start to multiply, which in turn suppresses the growth of unhealthy, undesirable, and pathogenic bacteria.

Building up healthy bacteria in the gut substantially reduces the capacity for disease-causing bacteria to flourish. Our product helps in crowding out (overpowering) harmful bacteria, enabling friendly bacteria to populate the lining of the bowel where pathogenic bacteria would normally attach & multiply.

In essence, it ensures friendly bacteria are given the best possible chance to compete for common nutrients, which therefore reduces the chance of unwanted bacteria from multiplying.

What are the benefits of PetproBio?

Our product is a delicious, all-natural prebiotic feed additive and it’s benefits to your pet’s overall health are as follows:

Stronger digestion and immune system:

When your pet’s digestive system is running at an optimum level, it leads to a healthier stool with reduced odour. Most importantly, it affects your pets gut microbiome positively, promoting a strong, and problem free immune and nervous system.

Healthier skin & Coat:

Your pet’s outer appearance is very important. It can be seen as a direct reflection of how much you love and care for your companion. Further to that, irritated skin and a matted coat can lead to serious discomfort for your pet, and who’d want that?

If you’re reading this, it’s because you love your animal dearly – a healthier skin and coat will affect your pet’s overall demeanour in a magical way. Besides that, you want your pet to be in the best condition possible, especially if you have children or if your animals sleep in the same bed/room as you.

Metabolic efficiency:

Our product increases the metabolic efficiency in your pet, which aids in combating weight issues. Excess weight or obesity in dogs is a real threat to their health (again, not much different from humans). Some of the conditions obesity can cause include:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • A decrease in stamina
  • Intolerance to heat and exposure to the sun
  • High blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance and even diabetes
  • Intolerance to heat and exposure to the sun
  • Several types of liver disease or dysfunction
  • An increased risk of developing malignant tumors (cancer)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • A lowered immune system functionality

Unfortunately, most animals you would keep as pets have a short life-span as it is. PetproBio will assist in making sure your little companion lives a full life.

When to use PetproBio:

A daily dose is safe and can go a long way in improving the underlying microbial ecology of your pet to one that is balanced and healthy. It is suitable for all pets, including pregnant and lactating bitches, puppies and older animals too. We recommend using our product for the following purposes:

  • During and after the use of antibiotics
  • When your pet is recovering from illness
  • Before and after deworming
  • While staying at kennels or a cattery
  • After travel
  • After surgery
  • General health for elderly animals
  • As a tonic to reduce stress in pets
  • To settle diarrhoea and bowel trouble
  • To aid with food intolerances and allergies
  • For Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • For Malabsorption syndrome
  • For Pancreatic disease
  • To Bloat prevention

Whether you have a new pet or an old pet, these are the things you should be looking out for so that your animal can live its best life. Shop online and get yours here today. If you’re wanting to find out any additional information, contact us whenever you please. We are a pet and people company, always open to conversation.

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St Francis Home for Animals

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We used the petprobio on two of our dogs. One was a very anxious male collie. He was very skinny and stressed in kennels. The other was a male husky x collie x spaniel. Again another active dog but he didn’t have any anxiety issues as such but did have a delicate stomach. We noticed in both dogs that it helped to firm their stools and this helped them to gain a good amount of weight.

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All Dogs Matter

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Laura works in Head Office as part of the Rehoming Team, and we got two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in a few weeks ago who she started to foster.

They had clearly been over-bred from and were in a bit of a sorry state.  The female, Mia had a terrible skin condition on her back and back legs and the male Dashy, his skin was sore as well. They were both underweight, with bad teeth, worse breath, bad eyes and no toilet training. Basically they had received little to no care!

We have been trying to settle their stomachs for a while and since starting on the PetproBio they seem to be a lot better! I hope that in the next few weeks we will also see a difference in their skin, coat and maybe even their smelly old breath 😉

Dashy has now found his forever home with Laura J and Mia is now reserved for her forever home!

I will give you another update in a couple of weeks and let you know how Dashy is doing on the Petprobio, but so far it’s been great!

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A cure for George

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Flicking through the fifty odd TV channels on the tv one night I came across a science programme that was discussing research into faeces and the bacteria found in the gut and in faeces..

The programme was outlining the fact that a lack of bacteria in the gut had been linked to a variety of illnesses from diabetes to stroke. It was explained that the next stage of the research was looking at treating a variety of illnesses with bacteria instead of drugs.

George my Australian Mist with a skin problem was curled up by my side purring away all snug and warm. He reached out with his paw and stroked my face making a loud contented purr as he did so. Looking down at him I thought it can’t be as simple as that can it?

George is now two years old and since he was 6 months old he has suffered with the most horrendous allergy that left him ripping gaping holes in his head and neck. He was constantly wrapped in a buster collar, neck protection and soft claws combined with a daily wound cure. Eventually he was referred to a specialist vet who dealt only in skin and allergy issues. A battery of tests and eventually the diagnosis was grim indeed. Food trials did nothing so the options were a battery of allergy tests which would continue on until something came up positive, or George was to go on to Atopica. The feline version of Atopica was mostly unavailable except in small bottles which would prove extremely expensive. So the decision to use the dog version of the drug was made.. It proved to be a wonder drug in itself as it stopped the itching but it was still an expensive route to a cure. Atopica is also an immunosuppressant which could leave George open to all sorts. Being on drugs long term was also something I didn’t want George to endure. Despite the positive effects of Atopica George still had his ups and downs and relapses on his road to recovery.

So once again I looked down and George and thought no it couldn’t be so simple could it? I just couldn’t get it out of my head so I gave it a go and boy am I glad I did so what was it I did you may ask? Simply put I started feeding George’s good bacteria.

I gave him prebiotics for two days then I removed his buster collar. Next I stopped the Atopica the day afterwards. Just 8 days later and his itching was almost gone. After another week and I saw no itching at all. Then the crunch came, I ran out of prebiotics and it seemed that nobody had any in stock, after just 4 days the itching was becoming intense and once more George was in danger of ripping holes in himself again, worried and wondering what to do i discovered a new product called PetproBio a pre and probiotic liquid, i obtained some and started feeding his good bacteria again,

Back on the prebiotics and now off the Atopica tablets for over 4 weeks and guess what? No buster collar, no neck protection, no soft claws and best of all no itching. So we aim to continue with the prebiotics daily for the time being and eventually see if we maintain the same effect by giving the prebiotics on alternative days.

You may by now be asking what prebiotics do and the difference between probiotics and prebiotics. Most people are aware of probiotics through the huge range available in the supermarkets for humans Probiotics are usually found in dairy products and are cultivated meaning they contain live bacteria. They are living organisms and need food themselves which is where prebiotics come in.

A prebiotic occurs naturally in some foods particularly in fruit and vegetables. They remain undigested until they reach the large intestine where they act as food for the good bacteria and encourage their good growth. The benefit of prebiotics have only been recognized in recent years but the beneficial effects of probiotics date back to the French scientist Louis Pasteur in the 19th century when he postulated the importance of microorganisms to human life. His work was enforced by the 1908 Nobel Prize Winner Elilie Metchinikoff. When Buster Lloyd Jones watched animals seeking out fruit and plant matter to cure themselves in 1921, Is this unknowingly what he was watching?, the collection of prebiotic material .He later went on to form the Denes herbal remedies which are still sold to this day, and his studies and observations still help many animals even now.

Whilst we need pre and probiotics it is the prebiotics that we are interested in here. The commonly available prebiotics oligosaccharides are carbohydrates composed of varying numbers of sugar molecules. The main ones are Fructo-oligosaccharides or FOS and Insulins, a group of naturally occurring fructose containing oligosaccharides. It is thought that prebiotics may play a role in improving mineral absorption and thus decreasing bone thinning in humans and a role in the health of the young in relation to skin allergies hence the interest in using prebiotics to treat animals with allergies.

Probiotics are not added to commercial pet food as they are too delicate and they would not survive the manufacturing process and unless you are feeding whole herbivores probiotics will also be missing from the diet. Dogs and cats in the wild would kill and eat whole animals but as this is undesirable in a domestic situation it is up to us to provide a balanced diet. There is much research into pre and probiotics with claims of beneficial action in cancer prevention, diarrhoea , allergy , IBS and others . Much research is still needed to confirm proof of these claims, but in the meantime all I know is that prebiotics seem to have cured my beautiful precious loving boy, my George.

I will be having discussions with Georges special vet so watch this space and in the meantime let’s ask should we be supplementing our cats and dogs modern diets and could pre and probiotics be used to treat other illnesses and conditions in our pets? There are many natural diet available on the market today and the use of fruit is also increasing in these diets, the use of premium pet foods is on the increase and more and more people are turning away from the sugar filled chemical laden animal derivatives that are available on supermarket shelves. Long may this continue.

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Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

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We have had two dogs on PetproBio for three weeks:

Eric a 13 year old Whippet/Jack Russel cross. His owner had died and he clearly hadn’t been able to care for the dog for a while, Eric’s coat was really greasy, scruffy and smelly, nails long and brittle, stools soft and “unpleasant” smelling, he had a generally poor demeanour too. Other than one bath when he arrived he had no other treatment. Within a couple weeks his coat was feeling soft, smooth, clean and with a real shine, we had cut his nails and they were not growing out brittle, stools perfect. Best of all he had developed a real bounce to his step, seemed much happier in himself and went to a new home a few days ago.

Bobby 2 year old medium mongrel came in via the dog warden having been kept in poor conditions and starved, skinny, poor stools and hair loss over body.  He has had a couple of medicated baths and, following several tests, we are thinking the hair loss is related to malnutrition, stress or allergy. He is on vet prescribed allergy food along with the PetproBio. His stools are perfect, he is putting on weight and his skin seems healthier with soft fur growth starting to show.
Generally we use supplements when dogs need a “helping hand” to restore health and I would certainly use the PetproBio again and recommend to people to try if they are looking for an overall boost to support their dog’s health – plus the dogs were more than happy to eat it which helps!
Val, Kennel Manager