Antibiotic Stress

The Purpose of Antibiotics for Dogs

Antibiotics are used for treatment or prevention of bacterial infection in dogs and for preventing infection after surgery. The antibiotics work on killing ALL BACTERIA indiscriminately in the body, harmful bacteria and good bacteria as well. While canine antibiotics may be necessary, it is not uncommon for the symptoms to return more aggressively after the antibiotics are completed.

What is Antibiotic Stress?

Antibiotics Stress in Dogs is a real problem. A healthy canine body naturally contains a proper balance of flora (good bacteria) in the intestinal tract. Healthy flora or "probiotics", keep harmful bacteria in check. When antibiotics are introduced to the body, the healthy balance is destroyed and most bacteria is killed, including friendly a harmful antibodies.
The problem is, when the friendly flora is killed in the body by antibiotics, harmful bacteria and yeast is free to grow again unchecked. This is why the symptoms and the cause of the infection usually return more aggressively, and generally, with more symptoms of yet another health problem after using antibiotics.

How Can I Help My Dog While on Antibiotics?

A canine probiotic must be administered to your dog to supplement the healthy bacteria that has been killed by the antibiotics. The right probiotic supplement for your dog will put the good bacteria back into his gut and fortify their immune system. This is a completely holistic method of treatment and offers zero negative side effects.
There is no risk of over-supplementation with probiotics. In fact, after their round of antibiotics has completed, you should give them huge doses of probiotics twice per day to avoid yeast and bad bacteria overgrowth. This will also speed up the healing process if they had to have surgery.

How do I know if my dog needs probiotics or digestive enzymes?

Vets agree, the main reason for dog health issues come from the modern pet diet. Processed dog foods and antibiotics are stripping your dog’s digestive and immune system of the vital good bacteria and the natural enzymes he needs to maintain true lasting health. Without a proper functioning immune system and well-supported digestive system your dog will struggle to fight illness and absorb important nutrients from their dog food. Here are the signs your dog is at risk:

  • Constant itching and scratching

    Itching and scratching is a common nuisance with dogs. The itching and scratching can range from mild to severe depending on your dog’s circumstances. The most common cause of itching and scratching in dogs is food allergy. Digestive enzymes can help by supporting the digestive system, taking the digestive burden off the pancreas. Modern dog food can be high in grains and is generally devoid of the natural enzymes that your dog’s stomach has developed to depend on for digestion. By supplementing your dog food with digestive enzymes, you ensure that the entire meal is fully digested. Probiotics further help your dog’s intestinal track to accept the meal and absorb the nutrients into the body.

  • Foul Odor

    A stinky dog is usually caused by yeast overgrowth (Candida). Bad breath and foul body smell is a signal that your dog has a bacterial imbalance. Putrefying food causes sulfurs and sulfites to build up in the system causing bad breath and stinky stool. Of course, you’ll never turn your dog’s poop into a rose, but normal dog stool will smell unpleasant, not putrefied or overwhelming. Probiotics will help crowd out the bad bacteria causing the bad smell on or in your dog’s gut. Digestive enzymes can help the digestive process so that their meal gets passed through the body quickly without allowing it to rot or putrefy.

  • Excessive Shedding

    Excessive shedding is a sign of stress on the body. The stress could have a number of causes including allergies, poor digestion, and age. Dogs are meant to shed twice a year, not all year round. Of course, they’ll drop some hair here and there like any animal, but if the shedding appears excessive, this is a sign that the dog’s body is in stress. Digestive enzymes help take the huge digestive burden off the body so it can focus on repair and maintenance of other organs.

  • Dry and flaky skin

    Remember, skin is an organ and it will reflect the state of the internal body. Red, blotchy skin can be a sign of yeast overgrowth, especially if accompanied by a bad smell. Dry, flaky skin can be a sign of malnutrition. Both Probiotics and Enzymes can help dogs to absorb the vital nutrients they need from their food and crowd out an overgrowth of bacteria in the body. Supplementation of enzymes and probiotics will help the dog to eliminate wastes and toxins in the body, resulting in an overall healthy skin and coat.

  • Ear infections

    Reoccurring ear infections can be a sign of yeast overgrowth and/or allergies - but some dogs are just prone to ear infections. It’s important to keep in mind, that once your dog has an ear infection, it should be treated locally—consult your vet.

  • Diarrhea and Loose Stool

    When your dog’s intestinal flora is overrun with pathogenic (harmful) bacteria, the result is runny, loose stool, or diarrhea. Diarrhea can be a nightmare for any dog owner, but it’s a tell-tale sign that your dog needs healthy flora, and fast! Luckily, dogs treated with probiotics can see improvement in stools within a short period of time.

  • Antibiotics and Medications

    The antibiotic roller coaster is one of the most frustrating experiences. You follow your vet’s advice and the problem gets better, but then comes back and with a vengeance. Over and over the cycle continues. Dogs on antibiotics are compromised in a fundamental way, the medication used to help them fight their disease also prevents them from getting and staying healthy. It is VITAL for any dog after taking antibiotics to have a probiotic supplement to return the intestinal microbiota balance. Dogs with compromised immune systems and those on antibiotics should be receiving at least 2-5 times the recommended dosage of probiotics at each meal for a couple of weeks following antibiotic therapy.