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Protexin Prokolin+ Antidiarrhoeal Probiotic Paste
My Shih Tzu Molly has been a faithful friend for 13 years, and although often happy and lively she has had a catalogue of health issues to contend with. One of the most baffling and recurring has been periodic colitis, which is a common disease meaning inflammation of the large intestine which has a multitude of causes. In her case it may be related to her dry eye condition which is an auto immune illness, but despite many elimination diets we have never really got to understand the cause of the colitis, which often occurs seasonally, and is associated with allergic symptoms which include feet chewing and excessive licking, as well as loose stools and diarrhoea with blood and mucus.
In order to try to prevent symptoms we have taken advice not only from our own vet, but from my daughter who is also a vet. As a result we have Molly on a grain free diet, and also we use pro-biotic goat yogurt on a daily basis as this seems to be very useful in keeping her stools firm and normal.
Occasionally though things go wrong, and just before our latest trip to Scotland Molly started to once again show the symptoms of colitis. These include a loss of appetite, passing loose bowel motions (these are not always diarrhoea) - often a dog with colitis will pass a normal motion and will then strain and try to go again. This is due to the irritation they feel and this will often yield a second motion that is less formed. Sometimes though the desire to pass a motion will be so urgent that they will not make it outside and severe diarrhoea is common. The clue too here is that the stools will contain blood and mucus. The first time you see this it is extremely frightening, and if you have a small puppy or no previous history of colitis my advice would be to seek urgent advice from the vet- do not hesitate as dehydration can be fatal. In dogs that have regular colitis often an initial starvation for 24 hours giving only water, followed by a return to a bland diet such a chicken and mashed pumpkin will resolve matters, and here is where having a tube of Protexin is absolutely vital. This advice is also true for any dog who has diarrhoea, not as severe as colitis.
So what is Protexin-Procolin?
It is a paste which is palatable to dogs, and is sold in tube form in a syringe which has calibrations. This allows for simple administration, as you simply squirt the right amount into the dogs mouth directly, or onto their food over the following days when a light diet is offered again.
The paste contains kaolin and pectin and pro-biotics that help to restore the gut flora once again to normal, and the ingredients help to carry toxins out of the gut.
You will often be given this by the vet if you have a dog with this problem, but as Molly has a recurring issue I always have a couple of tubes in my cupboard, as early use often halts the condition before it has a chance to get hold. I purchase mine from VetUK which is a very reputable company that was started by a veterinary practice up in Yorkshire. The product is sold in three sizes and ranges from around £8 to £17 depending on the quantities required. Administration is 2- 3 times a day with the dose depending on the size of the dog.The paste has a beef flavour which Molly seems to enjoy.
Molly is not epileptic, but my daughter who is a vet has a beautiful golden retriever called Rosie. Sadly she has the condition, and she is on anti- epileptic medication that sadly has the side effect that it causes a veracious appetite. As she lives on a sheep farm this has implications as Rosie will eat all manner of inappropriate things if not closely monitored, and so she is given Protexin with some regularity, if her stools become in any way soft or if diarrhoea occurs. Sometimes just a couple of days of Protexin will suffice to get things back on track.
Many dogs, not just those with colitis or epilepsy, suffer from time to time with the runs - it is sort of par for the course and something dog owners are used to, and so it is great to have this product in the cupboard.
Of course it is absolutely vital in the case of puppies and of any dog that has a pre-existing condition to seek veterinary advice immediately, especially if the stools contain blood or mucus. This is because the dog may have a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics, or a more serious condition such as a tumour. Also in severe cases of colitis steroids are sometimes needed, and the vet will have to be consulted in the case of long term dietary management in the case of weight loss, or recurrent colitis that does not resolve quickly. As diarrhoea that occurs frequently can be a symptom of so many conditions, it is so important to seek advice from the vet if it is a regular occurrence.
In my experience Prokolin is absolutely fantastic as it works within a few days to restore normality, and in less severe cases it has stopped diarrhoea within hours. I would certainly give the medicine 5* but if you have a dog with colitis then I would also suggest using goat yogurt on a daily basis, as this has been the most beneficial for Molly of all the things I have tried. I also recommend Feelwells Probiotic Dog Treats, also available from VetUK. Molly loves these and they contain pro-biotics, as well as MSM which is an anti inflammatory compound. They also have omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as being wheat and gluten free. They also contain glucosamine and condriotin for joints which Molly has found to be very beneficial.
This review will also be published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278
~~*~~ Protexin Pro-kolin ~~*~~
This product is for the treatment of squitty botties in animals - if you have no animals or the ones you do have produce solid motions then you've probably no need to read on, plus, you're incredibly lucky.
~*~My first discovery of miraculous Pro-kolin~*~
When Pig (chocolate Labrador) was 6 months ish she had her first real walkies on the beach. She swam in the sea, she ate a crab and made a sandkennel. Lucky Pig. On arrival back home she looked fat, within half an hour she was swollen, an hour later the poor thing looked ready to burst and was incredibly uncomfortable. I, being a good mummy, rushed her to the vets thinking she had bloat (twisted gut) which if not diagnosed immediately can be fatal. Pig was not near death as I found out upon entering the veterinary surgery - instead she had liquid diarrhoea everywhere and pretty much deflated in front of our eyes. God love the Pig. Somewhat embarrassed I left with some Pro-kolin and strict instructions not to let Pig drink seawater.
~*~What is it?~*~
It is a flavoured prebiotic paste containing kaolin, pectin and beneficial micro-organisms. It can be added to food (though the only times I've used it the dogs have been taken off their food due to 'squitty-botty') but most lick it straight from the tube which is presumably down to the foul smelling artificial beef flavouring - on the odd occasion that it's gone everywhere from fighting with a dog that doesn't want a strange tube squirting paste down the back of their throat; it is fairly hard to remove from clothing, is very very greasy and definitely isn't 'highly palatable' to humans - in fact the smell alone makes me gyp. It comes in a calibrated tube so that you can measure the amount you're giving the dog. The outside packaging is a white cardboard box with silver writing on it and is light enough to cheaply post and fit through your letter box.
~*~How's it work then?~*~
Well, when your dog has drunk most of Morecambe bay and her gut is slightly distressed, the pectin soothes the guts lining. The micro-organisms in the paste are the same as those naturally occurring in Pig's gigantic guts and these colonise and compete against the mean bugs causing the upset - their correct name is enterococcus faecium (NCIMB 10415) E1707 (every day's a school day). To add extra fire-power, the prebiotics (frutooligosaccharide and gum acacia) then feed the good micro-organisms further enhancing colonisation and growth and beating the evil sea-squit organism.
~*~Where can I buy it?~*~
Although I'm sure I should tell you to get your dog's condition checked by the vet, I think most people are sensible enough to know when their dog's just got a case of squitty botty but if you're a little paranoid like me then rush to the vets (take a mop in case though). Buy it at the vets for a small fortune or get it online for about £7 for 15ml or £11 for 30ml. It has about a 2 year shelf life and it's not necessary to have a prescription to get your hands on some. Bear in mind that although puppies/small dogs only use 1-2ml 2 or 3 times a day, a big Pig should have more like 5ml at a time - that's pretty much a tube a time.
~*~My wonderful experiences~*~
Whilst working in the kennels and catteries, I used pro-kolin on many occasions for upset bellies mostly on stressed cats, or those suffering from a change of food and generally it clears things up fairly quickly though I always starve an animal with the squits. Pretty much all of Pig's piglets (12 little puppies) went through a squitty stage at some point during the weaning process and most of them only needed two doses (apart from Boris, bless him, but he was Mr Pinhead, the runt).
I always keep a tube in the cupboard and can't recommend it highly enough. There are no restrictions on its use and best of all, it actually works. Ok, so the price could start to get a little expensive with a Great Dane with a permanent gut irritation but there are higher concentration tablets available. Here's some fascinating information if what I've written hasn't satisfied you:
Ingredients: Soya oil, perplex prebiotic (FOS (I've written about this before in my Royal Canin Starter review as most of you will remember ;) ) & arabinogalatan), Pectin, Kaolin, Artificial Beef Flavouring.
It's 40% oil which explains it's ridiculously greasiness, there's a trace of Protein, 37% Ash and 1% Fibre if you're interested. I'm not.
If you'd like to write to Probiotics International Ltd and tell them about the time you took the family in-law to the beach, bought an ice-cream and walked across the zebra-crossing with Pig, unaware of the brown trail being left behind you, then go ahead:
Stoke sub Hamdon,
Or go to www.protexin.com for an anonymous snoop at their products.
Me & Pig.
Both with happy bowels - woohoo!
Review will more than likely appear elsewhere.
Unfortunately Rufus (my 3 month old Spring Spaniel) hasn't been very well recently, so off we trotted, in fact it was exactly the trots we had the problem with in the first place, to the vet to get checked out.
Our vet wasn't quite sure what exactly was wrong but gave us some sensitive easily digestible food to use for a few days along with this Pro-Kolin+ to see if it was the food we were using at the minute (Orijen) which was the problem.
First off all I was slightly daunted by the appearance of the Pro-Kolin. It comes in a syringe shaped devise, which has a pull off cap at the end and measurement gauge with a push down lever. To use the vet directed us to click the measurement gauge up 3 (the amount to use depends on size and age of the animal), a simple matter of pushing up the scale to the desired notch indicated by numbers, and then push the lever down as far as you can - it is stopped from moving too far and so giving too much medicine by the gauge - so you give exactly the right amount each time. I found this easy enough to do and I thought the challenge would be in getting Rufus to accept the medicine. Luckily for myself Rufus took this quite amicably and in fact I think he rather liked it. It has a beef flavouring making the substance, a thick toothpaste type consistency, lightly brown in colour. Although it didn't really smell of much so it was easy on human noses but didn't really entice any animal into eating it either.
I was directed to give this to Rufus directly into his mouth , and was shown to do this by placing the syringe down the back of his mouth at the side, ensuring he didn't chew the applicator and push down the lever. I had to give him 3ml twice a day, but obviously this will differ from dog to dog.
Most importantly did this solve the problem? Well yes it did, it definitely settled his tummy down and he was quickly able to digest his food much better preventing the diarrhoea. Pro-Kolin+ works because it "contains beneficial microorganisms which are naturally found in the micro flora of the healthy gut. Also containing kaolin and pectin - naturally binding agents which coat the lining of the gut. Added prebiotics, a selective source of food for the beneficial microorganisms within the gut."
Pro-Kolin is available without prescription, however giving this to your pet without seeing your vet obviously wouldn't be advisable. All good vets can provide you with this if you need it, and from my own vet it cost just under £10. However if you have been advised to use this for a substantial amount of time it can be bought from online retailers for a slightly cheaper price. Whatever the cost it is defiantly worth it to give your dog, as Martine McCutcheon put it, a bit of TLC
My cat regularly gets an upset stomach, and as a result these days I have a tube of Protexin Pro-Kolin ready in my cupboard. I was first introduced to this by my vet.
The conventional treatment of infection is to use antibiotics, which are like nuclear bombs to bacteria - they kill both good and bad indiscriminately. Probiotics are microorganisms used to combat other microorganisms, and can provide an alternative to antibiotics that rapidly become obsolete. Pro-Kolin is a probiotic paste containing kaolin and pectin. Probiotics are live microbial supplements given by mouth, and they balance the micro-organisms in the intestinal tract, combat bacterial overgrowth, and restore any imbalance in the gut flora. Kaolin is a natural binding agent, and Pectin, which soothes the gut lining during digestive upsets such as diarrhoea.
So when is it indicated to use Pro-Kolin? It can be used in the acute phase of any intestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhoea, or in the case of chronic digestive discomfort. It is also good to use together with antibiotics to prevent the destruction of the normal gut flora.
The paste comes in a white syringe, that has a graduated measure. The advised dose is 1-2ml every 8 hours for cats and puppies, and 2-5ml every 8 hours for dogs, depending on size. It is available in a 15ml, and 30ml syringe.
The paste is a light brown colour, and is somewhat the consistency of peanut butter, and feels slightly grainy. It is supposed to be beef flavoured.
The best way to administer it, is to squirt the required dose directly in the back of the throat. I am honest, my cat hates it! However, I dont think it is so much the taste they hate, as it is the consistency. Due to the "peanut butter" consistency, they seem to struggle a bit to swallow it, hence it is so important to make sure you squirt it in the back of the throat. If you are lucky, your cat will lick it off your finger, or eat it with food. This will also be a much easier way to administer to dogs. As I say I think they like the taste, as they have licked small amounts from my finger before.
But it is a sure fact that it definitely works!! Whenever my little devil starts getting a loose tummy, I just give it to him for a day or two, and it is cleared.
It is however of the utmost importance to make sure you use it on the advice of your veterinary surgeon. Diarrhoea can be extremely dangerous in young animals especially, and delaying treatment can be fatal. I know my cat well enough now to know when it is just a regular upset like he usually gets. Otherwise I would still take him to the vet just to be certain.
It is a pricey item, retailing at around £7.50 for the 15ml, and £12.20 for the 30ml, but as you dont need a prescription, shop around on the many online vetdispensary websites out there. It will possible be a bit more expensive from your vet.
In my opinion, this is one of those products any pet owner should be aware of....it is Yakult for pets!
*What is Protexin Pro Kolin?*
Pro Kolin is a dietary supplement produced by Protexin, makers of a wide range of veterinary products, that helps treat and manage minor stomach and digestive problems in kittens, puppies and adult cats and dogs.
*The product itself*
When us humans are feeling a bit iffy with a sore stomach, probiotic supplements such as those little yoghurt drinks can work wonders helping settle to the stomach and boost the good bacteria in our gut. Protexin Pro Kolin works on the same basis to create a similar product for our pets when they are feeling a little on the green side. The palatable pale-brown paste contains pectin that helps with the treatment of diarrhoea and vomiting and also kaolin that lines the gut during stomach upsets and as a binding agent to help with loose stools, and the product can work in two ways. Firstly, as a short term treatment for animals recovering for minor and acute stomach upsets, the paste can be added to food or squirted directly down the back of your pets mouth and it can help to settle and comfort sore stomachs aswell as help your pet to keep down, and digest small amounts of bland food, this can help reduce the need for antibiotics in minor illnesses.
Secondly, as a long term or permanent daily supplement for dogs or cats that suffer with digestive problems or regularly loose stools and vomiting as there is no limit on the amount of time Pro Kolin can be given. It is extremely important to seek veterinary advice before using this product for your pet, your vet will be able to prescribe it for you if they think it will be beneficial to your pets specific complaint.
Guidelines on the packet states that for cats and puppies, 1-2ml should be given every 8 hours for as long as considered necessary by your vet, and for adult dogs 2-5ml depending on size and breed. The paste is flavoured with artificial beef flavouring so it should be something your pet will enjoy taking, and with very little odour and easy to use syringe packaging (the paste is contained inside the needle-less syringe and you simply move the tab to measure how much your pet needs and then just press down to release the paste down the back of your pets mouth or over their food), means it is clean and not unpleasant to administer to your pet. The only thing I would recommend though is the 'squirting down the back of the mouth' method instead of applying to food as it has a better effect when fed on its own, this however obviously depends on how well behaved your pet is and whether or not they will allow you to do this to them.
The Pro Kolin paste comes packaged in its administrating syringe and then inside a simple grey and white themed box which simply states the product name, directions for usage and the ingredients list. Contact details for Protexin are also provided should you have any questions, comments or complaints. The box can be recycled once empty but just be sure to make note of any dosage instructions you may need as they are not printed on the syringe itself.
*Price & Availability*
Initially, Pro Kolin will need to be prescribed to you and your pet by your vet and if your pet only needs it for short term use then this is the best method to get it, however if your pets needs it for a longer amount of time (as agreed by your vet) then it is available through pet medicine websites on the internet and for a slightly cheaper price too than by prescription. 15ml costs £7.96 and the larger 30ml size can be purchased for £11.96, you will notice it's a very expensive product, especially if you have a large dog that could need up to 20ml a day.
If you have read my review on Hills I/D dog food then you will know that Grace, my Rottweiler was recently quite ill with a stomach upset most likely caused by bacteria from a stream she drank from. She was on a drip for a couple of days to help, given various anti-sickness treatments and after a few days she was thankfully on the mend and allowed home. Alongside the bland diet she had to have for a week, she was also prescribed this product to help settle her stomach and hopefully kill off any remaining nasty bacteria in her gut as well as helping her to keep down and digest her food.
She was to have 5ml, three times a day for a week (my poor bank balance, good job I love her) and I started off given it to her from a spoon and she would lick it off, I managed to get it into her like this for the first couple of days but as she continued to get better she became like a little kid refusing to take her medicine, obviously its not very tasty despite the beef flavouring if even Grace refused to eat it and I had to squirt it down the back of her mouth. Sounds cruel perhaps but it really isn't, you just need to stand holding your dog between your legs, lift their neck up, gently open their mouth and quickly squirt the paste towards the back of their mouth and they have no option but to swallow it. Obviously though it depends on how much you trust your dog to be able to open their mouths like that! Thankfully Grace is a good girlie and allowed me to do it, and I was certain she would never snap.
The paste really does seem to work too, with her sore stomach Grace would have had problems keeping down her food, but this lined her stomach nicely and binded her too, helping get her stools back to normal and stop sickness. She was only meant to have it for a week, alongside her prescription food (Hills I/D) for her sore stomach but I decided to keep her on it for another week after she went back onto her normal food to avoid upsetting her stomach again, as most of you know I work as a veterinary nurse so could judge for myself that this was fine for Grace, but if you are unsure for your own pet, then always consult your vet.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ It works, helped to settle Graces stomach and prevented sickness and helped get her stools back to normal
+ Can help reduce the need for antibiotics
+ Easy on the stomach
+ Suitable for cats, dogs, puppies and kittens
+ Flavoured, so some pets may enjoy taking it
+ Easy to use syringe design
+ Pleasant and clean to administer
+ Very little odour
- Extremely expensive. A two weeks course of treatment for Grace cost me just over £111, was using a full 15ml syringe everyday.
- Could be misused *please always, always use ONLY on recommendation of your vet*
- May be hard getting your pet to take it
- Contains artificial flavourings
For the treatment of diarrhoea / contains kaolin and pectin / suitable for dogs and cats.