Interest in use of probiotics has continued to grow over the past 10 years. A PubMed search on “probiotics” brings up more than 18,000 articles, with nearly 650 published at the start of 2018. The Veterinary Information Network, meanwhile, lists more than 150 articles associated with probiotic use in dogs and/or cats.
With our increasing knowledge of gastrointestinal (GI) and other microbiomes, more interest is emerging in using microorganisms to benefit pet and human health.
When small animal practitioners consider using probiotics in practice, it is often for pets with chronic or acute diarrhoea – or possibly as adjunct therapy for pets on antibiotics – and most commercial probiotic products are marketed for use with GI disorders.
Several probiotic products are available in the UK and decisions as to which to choose should be made based on scientific evidence.