IntestiPet - June 2009


INTESTIPET contains both a pro-biotic and a pre-biotic, which work in synergy, in a single product.  It is made up of the following:

  • 35,5 million x 109 Colony Forming Units (CFU) of the dried fermentation products if Bifidobacterium bibidum, Lactobicillus fermentum, L. casei, Enterococcus faesium, L. plantarum, and Pediococcus acidilacticii 
  • Inulin
  • DL-Methionine
  • Pure Beta 1-3 Glucan

Pre-biotics and pro-biotics serve the function of boosting the “good guys” - the beneficial bacteria in the large and small intestines respectively, of animals and people.  Many products have traditionally focussed on the pro-biotic element only.  In humans at least, laboratory tests have suggested that pre-biotics can be far more successful at boosting the “good guys” than the traditionally used pro-biotics.  (An example of a natural pro-biotic used by people is yoghurt.)  Hence, for better effect, Medpet has launched this product containing both pre- and pro-biotics.

The bacteria and other micro-organisms that normally inhabit the intestinal tract are known as “flora”. The beneficial bacteria found in the gastro-intestinal tract are part of this flora, and they are considered to be the engine of digestion.  Furthermore, bacteria in the intestines manufacture vitamin K and some B vitamins - essential for good health.  In basic terms, a pro-biotic tries to “plant” new (additional) good bacteria into the system, whereas a pre-biotic feeds and encourages existing good bacteria so that they strengthen and multiply.

Inulin is actually a carbohydrate found in certain plants.  It occurs in large quantities in the Chicory root, which is the source of Inulin used in INTESTIPET.  It is made up of many Fructose Chains (3 – 60 in length) that terminate in one Glucose molecule.  Because of this, it penetrates deep into the intestine where Inulin breaks down into pre-biotic molecules (Oligofructose) which feed the friendly flora, known as Bifidobacteria which in turn inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria (the “bad guys”), giving the animal a healthy gastrointestinal system.

DL-Methionine is one of the key essential amino-acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and can be split into essential or non-essential.  The body itself can produce the non-essential amino acids, but the essential amino acids are only acquired through diet (or supplementation).  There are only two sulphur-containing amino acids that provide sulphur to the body: methionine and cystine.  Methionine can be converted into cystine, and this is why it is used as a supplement.

An immune system stimulant.  The mode of action of this compound is to stimulate the immune system.  There are specific receptors for Beta 1-3 Glucan on the surface of certain white blood cells called macrophages that when activated, stimulate a cascade of events turning the body into an arsenal of defense against bacterial and viral infections.

INTESTIPET can certainly be used for routine health and maintenance, but in addition, we would recommend using it in the following specific circumstances and ways:

  1. When an animal is being, or has been, dosed with antibiotics.
  2. When an animal is stressed.
  3. For animals that are, or were, suffering from diarrhea.
  4. To improve the health of young animals such as puppies and kittens



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