DOG PROBIOTICS USE AND BENEFITS
The use of probiotics in dogs is well supported and thousands of veterinarians are now not only recommending their use but stocking them on their pharmacy shelves and routinely dispensing them to their four-footed patients.
The recent explosion of interest in the multiple benefits of probiotic usage for humans, and right on the heels of that popularity, pet owners realizations that probiotic use in dogs has become a viable option. Increasingly the positive results of dog probiotic therapy are creating a groundswell of enthusiastic dog owners who are realizing the benefits to their pets as well as themselves.
Veterinarians, as well as dog owners are reporting that conditions that had defied conventional veterinary treatment are gradually and naturally resolving with the simple addition of these “giving life” as the term probiotic literally translates, naturally occurring substances to their dog’s daily diet.
Pet owners report that chronic digestive issues are resolved, ear infections that defied repeated rounds of creams and ointments, dogs with itchy, smelly skin, who scratched incessantly and underwent frequent rounds of prednisone injections to gain temporary relief, are all benefiting from the addition of high potency probiotics to their daily diets.
Unsightly tear staining, until recently a problem for many breeds that drove many owners to the use of Tylon an antibiotic in many products such as the popular Angel Eyes, which was just recently pulled from the market, over fears about the effects of long term use might cause. Many dog owners searching for a safe alternative have found that high potency probiotics often completely and naturally causes the staining to disappear.
Probitoics may help improve:
- Tear Staining
- Itchy, Smelly Skin
- Ear Infections
- Gastrointestinal Health
Until recently, the funding for such a small field of research understandably was not a priority for most pet food and supplement manufactures, it will take years to equal the research done for human probiotic use, but resoundingly the verdict is in, that quality high potency probiotics are extremely beneficial to dogs of all ages.
ARE PROBIOTICS SAFE FOR MY DOG?
The scientific study of probiotic use in dogs is still in it’s infancy and only a few of the many strains of beneficial bacteria have been studied in the canine, unfortunately potentially limiting the number of useful probiotic strains that should be made available for dogs to receive the most benefit. In general, probiotics are considered extremely safe even in very high doses, in fact, according to research by Gregor Reid of the Lawson Health Research Institute, there have been no documented cases of probiotic overdose and in fact most pet owners report that higher potency probiotics have helped their pets almost without exception. If your dog suffers from any serious health condition though, consult with your veterinarian before beginning any new course of treatment.
WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED DOSE OF PROBIOTICS FOR DOGS?
There are dozens of brands of dog probiotics on the market today, the best results seem to be gained with the higher potency products that have a very broad spectrum of different bacterias which seem to be necessary to impact dog health in a positive way. The most beneficial results, especially for dogs with skin issues, allergies, ear infections and other chronic conditions such as digestive problems, seem to be found in products that offer at least 7 Billion CFU’s per serving and higher levels seem to give even quicker and more long-lasting results.
WHAT STRENGTH DOG PROBIOTIC WILL GIVE THE BEST RESULTS?
Many owners report that their dogs didn’t show significant improvement until they began using higher potency probiotic levels reached the higher levels of 7 to 12 Billion CFU’s per dose or higher. Many found that issues like tear staining which can be disfiguring to so many pets, simply didn’t respond with low dose probiotic use, but when owners increased potency levels, they often saw dramatic improvement.
I READ THAT MY DOG’S STOMACH ACID IS TOO HIGH TO ALLOW PROBIOTICS TO SURVIVE?
Current practice in quality probiotic manufacturing should produce a probiotic that is stabilized and contains Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria and many other strains which have shown not only an ability to survive your dog’s digestive tract but the ability to eliminate bad bacteria that exist there. Note: Your probiotic should have a potency listed at time of manufacture as well as an expiration date. After opening the bottle, refrigeration will extend potency and ensure your dog receives the most potent probiotic until you finish the bottle.
While it may be years before all the major benefits of giving probiotics to dogs are understood, but the science is already there to support the use of probiotics to improve dog health and fight disease. Adding probiotics to our regime to keep our dogs healthy, is without question one of the best decisions the pet owner can make to have a healthy dog for the long-term.
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