Does my pet need a probiotic supplement?

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Does my pet need a probiotic supplement?

Although your daily probiotic supplement helps maintain a supply of good gut bacteria, healthy dogs and cats don’t need one. Daily supplements could prevent diarrhea and constipation in your pet, but because those tummy troubles can signal more serious health issues, masking them could be dangerous. However, if your dog or cat is prescribed the common antibiotic Clavamox, a probiotic supplement can help prevent diarrhea, a common side effect, says holistic vet Evelyn Sharp, D.V.M.

Quick tip: Leftover canned pumpkin in the pantry? Mixing a teaspoon or two of the purée with a can of your cat’s wet food can help treat mild diarrhea and constipation in a couple of days.