What are pre- and probiotics?

Helpful microorganisms (certain species of bacteria and yeast) live in the intestines of dogs and cats. Probiotics are supplements that contain these “good” bacteria and yeast and boost their numbers in the gut.

These microorganisms have a symbiotic relationship with your pet—meaning the relationship is mutually beneficial. The bacteria and yeast get a place to live, as well as nourishment from your pet’s food. In return, they provide many benefits to your pet’s health, including:

  • Immune system function—more than half of your pet’s immune system is located in their gut
  • Healthy skin and coat
  • Better digestive health, and more!

Prebiotics, on the other hand, are a food supply for probiotics—they keep “good” bacteria and yeast nourished so they can do their job and help your pet stay healthy.

Prebiotics come primarily from complex carbohydrates and fibers—such as beets and chicory root—and must be supplemented in the right proportion to allow the probiotics to thrive.

To maximize your pet’s health and wellbeing, Fromm pet food recipes are supplemented with both probiotics and prebiotics.