Product Type: Protexin dog accessories
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Protexin Pro Kolin
Member Name: FourPaws
Protexin Pro Kolin
Advantages: Helps stomach & digestive problems, prevents loose stools, clean & easy to feed
Disadvantages: Very expensive
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
Summary: A great product for helping your cat & dog recover from illness!
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