Product Type: Protexin dog accessories
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Pig's Poopoo Paste
Protexin Pro Kolin
Member Name: rolletrog
Protexin Pro Kolin
Advantages: Easy to administer, does the trick, stores for ages
Disadvantages: Not cheap and definitely not tasty for humans.
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.
Summary: Stops the Squits
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