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Probiotics After Antibiotics?

Last Updated : 13-Nov-2022

Ellie has been using PET Plus since she was a puppy. All good there. Recently she got stung by a bee which lead to infection due to her scratching, which lead to antibiotics. Aside from the fact I would have done anything to avoid the antibiotics, I had no other route forward. She needed immediate help (or more to the point, I did!).

Meanwhile, if it were me I would want probiotics after the course of antibiotics. But… what does one give a dog and for how long. I am concerned my vet will prescribe something awful so I am asking your recommendation and would be so very grateful for it.

PET Plus Vet Reader : Janine

Dr Susanna's Response

I’m in Colombia and recently disturbed a bees nest. I discovered that these bees are extremely aggressive. I ran so fast, but they fly faster! Luckily only one actually stung me. I knocked the others away. Wow. It hurt! My whole lower leg swelled up.

Arnica, Rescue Remedy, Aloe Vera (using the plant, gel on skin, then a smoothie mixed with lemon juice, water and turmeric and drank it). Ideas for you for next time …

So now, after antibiotics you’re right to know she needs her healthy bacterial population repaired. PET Plus has probiotics and prebiotics in it. So I’d suggest give her double the normal amount for a few weeks. If you intuitively feel the need for more, give her some human probiotics for a couple of weeks and watch what happens. Any deleterious effect, then stop! But probiotics are only good and positive! I’ve never hear of any problems with giving loads!