What are prebiotics and how will they help my pet? The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.
For years, antibiotics have been used to destroy bad bacteria in a pet’s body. Now many veterinarians are also considering how to promote the growth of good bacteria in a pet’s body using nutrition. Sherry Sanderson is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia.
Sanderson says, “prebiotics are actually non-digestible ingredients that are added to the diet that when they reach the large intestines act as a source of nutrition for those large intestinal bacteria and promote good bacteria to thrive in the large intestines.”
These so-called good bacteria produce energy for the cells that line the intestines and aid in the production of nutrients.
One of the most common prebiotics found in pet food is fiber, which may be listed on the label as beet pulp.– Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM