You have asked...How useful are probiotics in veterinary practice?

The expert says…

Many veterinarians currently recommend therapeutic probiotic administration for their small animal patients, particularly for management of acute or chronic diarrhea or as adjunctive therapy for patients on antibiotics. Although few studies have shown probiotic use as beneficial in modifying clinical disease, these benefits are often bacterial-strain and disease specific. Initial investigation of clinical efficacy of probiotic use in disease prevention and treatment in veterinary medicine is promising but preliminary.

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