Product Type: Protexin dog accessories
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First Aid For Dog Diarrhoea
Protexin Pro Kolin
Member Name: Machair1
Protexin Pro Kolin
Advantages: Stops diarrhoea in dogs.
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
Summary: Well worth having in stock.