In addition to helping your dog digest fiber, these little creatures produce byproducts that help with the overall functioning of the gut and the absorption of nutrients. They also play a key role in defending the body against invasion by pathogens that your dog might pick up in their food or from licking the ground or chewing on an old bone.
Gabapentin is not FDA-approved for veterinary use. There is no regulation for this drug when it comes to administering it to dogs. Some veterinarians are prescribing gabapentin precisely because of the side effects, such as sedation. Dogs are given gabapentin before a stressful situation, such as traveling or a vet visit. The owners don’t realize that the sedation is actually a side effect of a strong drug that is normally given to epileptic patients.