Digestive Supplements for Dogs and Cats: Key Ingredients

It’s not uncommon for pets to have sensitive tummies. If your pet experiences stomach upset, you may be able to help manage it using digestive supplements for dogs and cats. These can be introduced alongside your pet’s diet, and contain ingredients that work together to help support a healthy gastrointestinal system. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of these key ingredients inside pet digestive supplements and explore how they work in the body.

Tip: Always consult your vet before introducing new supplements into your pet’s diet, especially if they are already on medication or prescription diets.

Probiotics

Probiotics are a type of ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria. They live in the gut and play an essential role in maintaining a healthy digestive environment, competing with ‘bad’ bacteria to keep a healthy balance. Particularly if your pet has had an illness affecting their gut, taking probiotics can help to restore the natural balance of bacteria there.

You can supplement your dog’s food by adding a sachet of Purina FortiFlora, which may help to manage diarrhoea. There is also a version just for cats.

Prebiotics

These are a special type of carbohydrate that act like food for your probiotics. Prebiotics support the ‘good’ bacteria already inside the gut and those gained from probiotics by promoting their growth and activity. This helps probiotics to do even more good in your pet’s gut!

Canikur Pro Paste for Dogs contains a good mix of prebiotics and probiotics to support gut function. It is also suitable for cats and can be used alongside medication from your vet.

Cats and dogs with loose stools may benefit from the Beaphar IntestoPro Stool Firming Paste, which contains natural active ingredients to help relieve digestive disturbances.

Clay

Digestive supplements for dogs and cats might contain clay, such as kaolin or montmorillonite. These special types of clay are natural binding agents. They can help to bind to toxins and pathogens in the gut, rendering them inactive and allowing them to pass through the digestive system with minimal impact on your pet. This also helps to firm up your pet’s poo.

Pro-Kolin Advanced for cats contains both kaolin and montmorillonite for even more benefit.

Threonine

Threonine is an essential amino acid that plays a crucial role in the synthesis of proteins. It is responsible for the healthy functioning of all sorts of bodily processes in both pets and humans. One of these is to protect the gut. Threonine does this by helping the cells in the intestine to regenerate the gut lining, staving off irritation and damage.

Fibre

As you are probably well aware, plenty of fibre is essential for a healthy digestive system. That goes for pets as well as people! Digestive supplements for dogs and cats often contain fibre, such as linseed meal in this digestive supplement from YuMove, or psyllium in Pro-Kolin Advanced for dogs.

Pectin

This is a soluble fibre that may help to soothe the gut lining. It’s considered to be a prebiotic, so it helps support probiotics to do their job. Protexin Pro-Kolin Paste for Dogs and Cats contains pectin.

If your pet suffers from tummy trouble, trying them on some digestive supplements could be a great way to help. Look out for these key ingredients when choosing which supplements to try, and you may see improvements. Remember, always double check with your vet before starting your cat or dog on anything new.