How to give your pet probiotics when he is on antibiotics

Despite the most natural of diets, we have all at one time or another found ourselves with a sick pet requiring a lengthy course of antibiotics. While not always the first choice for a natural pet owner, antibiotics can at times be critical to your pet’s life. If you have found yourself in this situation rest assured there is a holistic approach to make supplementing with antibiotics less stressful on your pet’s system.

Antibiotics vs. Probiotics

A clear understanding of antibiotics and probiotics is a crucial part of helping your pet:


The root word “anti” is defined as “opposed” or “against”; the root word “bio” is related to “life”.

Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria (life) in the body. In every case, good bacteria is killed along with the bad. One of the most common side effects of antibiotics is a yeast infection or candida.


The root word “pro” is defined as “for” or “in favor of”; the root word “bio” is related to “life”.

Probiotics are live microorganisms known as “beneficial bacteria” that occur naturally in the body. Probiotics are taken as supplements to restore the “beneficial bacteria” to the body and to remove harmful bacteria. When the probiotic count in the body is low, bad bacteria flourish and can cause a number of health issues.

Probiotic Supplementation

It is important to continue to supplement with probiotics while your pet is on antibiotics. This can help prevent yeast infections, constipation, excessive itching, and many other side effects associated with taking antibiotics.

Tip: Allow at least 2 hours between administering antibiotics and probiotics

During antibiotic treatment

Double the probiotic dose 2 scoops of Total-Biotics® per 1 cup of pet food.

2-3 weeks following antibiotic treatment

Double the probiotic dose 2 scoops of Total-Biotics® per 1 cup of pet food.

3-4 weeks following antibiotic treatment

Continue supplementing with Total-Biotics® normally, 1 scoop per 1 cup of pet food.

Tip: Probiotics should be taken with food so they are evenly distributed and can flourish in the gut. If a probiotic supplementrequires administration away from food this is a sign that the product is not stable, and not strong enough to be of benefit in your pet’s gut.

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