What can upset an animal’s intestinal flora?
Think about your own intestine: When does your digestion rebel or change?
Whenever your diet changes, you have a lot of stress or when taking medicines such as antibiotics that in addition to the harmful germs, also kill the beneficial bacteria.
The same is true for your pet!
Indigestion due to eating habits
Diet-related diarrhoea is one of the most common complaints of the digestive tract of animals. Abrupt food changes lead to diarrhoea and / or vomiting in up to 49% of cats: This is because the food serves as food for the intestinal bacteria – and if this is changed, this deprives important microbes of their basis of life and the composition of the intestinal flora gets out of balance.
Also feeding errors as well as food allergies frequently cause digestion problems of our four-legged friends.
New home and new owner
If the habitual environment changes, animals can be stressed out. A change of location (e.g. when the owner moves house, staying in an animal boarding kennel, etc.) or a new owner often lead to discomfort with an animal which in the end can also result in diarrhoea. Diarrhoea is more common in puppies and kittens, especially after suckling, because at this time the kittens are often separated from their mother, experience a new home with new owners and become accustomed to normal food – many changes that can stress the soul and intestines.
Antibiotics: Clear-cutting in the intestine
Antibiotics are a “miracle weapon” for both humans and animals when it comes to fighting harmful germs. Unfortunately, however, these drugs cannot distinguish between good and bad bacteria, and so every antibiotic therapy also destroys the useful “helpers” in the animal´s intestine.
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 carrying out their tasks.