Probiotic Therapy: The Gut and Beyond
25 Oct 2019
Probiotics are live bacterial supplements that beneficially affect the host animal by modifying the host’s intestinal microbial balance. This balance is an important factor in regulation of immune function, general gastrointestinal health, and may even play a role in behavior modification, specifically anxiety, though the gut-brain axis. The objective of this presentation is to describe characteristics of a safe and effective probiotic and explain when and how to use such probiotics. Research is presented describing how an appropriate probiotic supplement can modify the GI microbiome to improve immune function, resolve clinical signs of gastrointestinal disease, and alleviate clinical signs of canine anxiety.