What Supplements Should I Give a Dog on Antibiotics?

Written by: Dr. Jean Hofve, Holistic Veterinarian, DVM

Should I give a dog on antibiotics probiotics?

Question:

My dog requires support for healthy bowel inflammation response and has been on antibiotics almost every other month. I am concerned that this is also killing off the good bacteria in his stomach. What natural supplements for dogs should I give him? Should I give him probiotics?

Answer:

Antibiotics do kill the healthy or "friendly" bacteria in the digestive system along with the bad bacteria, so you would be wise to also give your dog a GI support for dogs probiotic supplement. This will help restore the good bacteria and potentially help relieve indigestion or other side effects. It is best to wait an hour or two after giving the antibiotic to give the probiotic.

If your dog is a picky eater, you can choose from a number of different formats, including powders and soft chews, which can be easily administered.

As your dog goes through his antibiotics regime, he might experience a number of stomach upsets. It's important to make sure he's still eating, so a healthy dog food topper, like bone broth, can be a big help.

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