What can upset animal intestinal flora?
Think about your own intestine: When does your digestion rebel? Whenever your diet changes (for example, when, due to lack of time you eat high-fat fast food), when you have more stress, or when medicines such as antibiotics, in addition to the harmful germs, also kill the beneficial bacteria.
The same goes for your pet!
Indigestion due to what they eat
Diet-related diarrhoea is one of the most common complaints of the animal digestive tract. Abrupt changes in food lead to diarrhoea and / or vomiting in up to 49% of cats:
Because what is eaten is used by the intestinal bacteria as food – and if this is changed, these important microbes are deprived of their means for living and the composition of the intestinal flora goes out of balance. Also feeding errors (spoiled food, too high sugar, fat or lactose content) as well as food allergies frequently cause four-legged friends digestion problems.
New home and new owner
If the habitual environment changes, animals can stress a lot. A change of location (e.g. when the owner moves house, staying in a kennels, etc.) or a new caregiver (due to a change in owner) often cause diarrhoea in cats and dogs. In puppies and kittens, especially after suckling, there is more diarrhoea, because at this time, the little ones are often separated from the mother, experience a new home with new owners and become accustomed to normal food – many changes that can stress the soul and intestines.
Antibiotics: Deforestation in the intestine
Antibiotics are a “miracle weapon” in humans and animals when it comes to controlling harmful germs. Unfortunately, these drugs cannot differentiate between good and bad bacteria, and so whenever antibiotics are used in the animal gut, they destroy the useful “helper” bacteria. The result: Pathogenic germs (e.g. clostridium perfringens, salmonella) can spread almost unhindered and not only trigger diarrhoea, but change the composition of the intestinal flora sustainably, so that the intestinal bacteria are permanently impaired in the execution of their tasks.