What can upset an animal’s intestinal flora?
Think about your own intestine: When does your digestion feel off or irregular?
The answer: Changes in diet, stress and the intake of drugs such as antibiotics that kill both harmful germs and beneficial bacteria.
The same is true for your pet!
Indigestion due to eating habits
Diet-related diarrhoea is one of the most common complaints that animals suffer from. Abrupt food changes lead to diarrhoea and/or vomiting in up to 49% of cats: The food that animals eat also sustains their intestinal bacteria. If their food is suddenly changed, the important microbes lose their source of food, and the intestinal flora becomes unbalanced.
Bad eating habits and food allergies also cause digestive problems in our four-legged friends.
New home and new owner
Environmental changes can also stress animals. Location changes (e.g., when the owner moves, staying in an animal boarding kennel, etc.) or a new owner often lead to discomfort for the animal, ultimately resulting in diarrhoea. Diarrhoea is more common in puppies and kittens, especially after nursing. During this time, kittens are often separated from their mothers, put into 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 “miracle weapons” for both humans and animals when it comes to fighting harmful germs. Unfortunately, these drugs cannot distinguish between good and bad bacteria. As a result, every antibiotic therapy also destroys the useful “helpers” in the animal´s intestines.
The result: Pathogenic germs (e.g., clostridium perfringens, salmonella) can spread almost unhindered throughout the intestines. They then trigger diarrhoea and permanently change the intestinal flora, making it difficult for the remaining beneficial bacteria to carry out their tasks.