Tools of the trade: Pro-Kolin+

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probiotic and prebiotic paste

by Dr Cait Daffey, Katherine Vet Care, NT

Pro-Kolin+ is a probiotic and prebiotic paste that contains a natural binding agent. I tell clients it’s like a natural clay because that’s what it looks like when it’s squeezed from the tube.

What’s good about it

It’s effective for simple diarrhoea cases. Typically, I use it with dogs that are not unwell but might have been up with diarrhoea all night. They don’t need IV fluids or anything like that yet. I put them on Pro-Kolin+ and a bland diet. Most do really well and within a day or two they’re back to normal. Pro-Kolin+ helps minimise the need to use antibiotics. The prebiotics and probiotics help maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Results are achieved in 24 to 48 hours.

The product is very palatable and most dogs happily eat the paste. Owners can put it straight onto their dog’s food and they’ll still eat it. If the dog is really fussy, owners can syringe it directly into the dog’s mouth. It comes in 15ml, 30ml and 60ml tubes so it’s easy to get the right amount for a variety of breeds. There’s also a capsule form.

The syringe has a handy, easy-to-read measuring appliance that’s similar to an equine drench. Pro-Kolin+ is a great product that works quickly and effectively.

What’s not so good

The 30ml and 60ml syringes can be a bit cumbersome for some owners trying to squirt it into their dog’s mouth. Fortunately, for the majority of cases, it can just be added to the dog’s food.

Where did you get it

Vetshop Australia

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