Probiotics For Dogs

  • 07/02/2020
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probiotic-dog.jpgIf you have eaten yogurt that is marked as having live cultures, then you have ingested a probiotic. Existing naturally by the billions in the intestines of all animals, probiotics help your body properly digest food, ward off potential viruses, manufacture nutrients and strengthen the immune system.

Just like people, most of a dog’s immune system is located in his gut. In fact, the gut is the biggest immune station residing in the body, as it contains almost 70% of all immune cells. This is why keeping your dog’s digestive system operating at its best is necessary for ensuring that he or she lives a radiantly healthy life.

When these helpful microorganisms become wiped out, the result can be an upset stomach or health problems in general. If your dog has diarrhea or happens to be getting sicker than his fellow animals do for some reason, it may be time to add probiotics to his or her diet.

Does Your Dog Need Probiotics?

probiotics.jpgIn particular, when a dog has become overly stressed or is ill, the balance of healthy molecules and disease-causing elements may be thrown out of whack. This can cause the dog to experience symptoms such as gas, diarrhea, cramping and even bad breath.

Some factors which may cause this type of imbalance to occur include an infection, stress, changes in the dog’s diet, old age, antibiotics and parasites.

Stressful situations that may cause your dog to become imbalanced may include a trip to the vet, or attending training classes, for example. Other situations that may cause stress include taking your dog to a show or boarding the dog. In any case, it may be a good idea to give your dog probiotics for a few days prior to the event which the dog may find stressful. 

Considerations

When you purchase a probiotic product, be mindful of the temperature you store them in, as they are “delicate, living things.” Exposing them to air, moisture or extremes in temperature will likely compromise their quality.

When you purchase probiotics, look for a specific list of probiotic strains which it contains. Specific strains which are known to be of particular benefit to dogs include:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Enterococcus faecium
  • Bacillus coagulanas
  • Bifidoacterium animalis
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus

In addition to this, look for a use-before date, and a guaranteed analysis of the count of live bacteria at the end of its shelf life. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package, as some probiotic products will require refrigeration.

Possible Advantages of Probiotics for Dogs

According to Whole Dog Journal, every dog can benefit from you adding probiotics to their daily diet. More than just a digestive aid, probiotics work to boost the immune system in dogs. They also work to suppress the growth of dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli. Although there are very limited studies of the effects of probiotics on dogs, human studies show that they may assist in the prevention of UTI infections, as well as decreasing accounts of allergic reactions through controlling inflammation.

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