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Perhaps you’ve heard that probiotics work wonders (not only for humans but also for dogs).
Is that actually true? Are these live micro-organisms really that beneficial for gut health? For pets too?
Yes, yes, yes!
Difficult-to-diagnose gastro symptoms could be the result of your dog’s stomach having all sorts of bad microbes in which case probiotics may help.
Introducing the right bacteria could turn around their quality of life in a very big way!
Are you desperately looking for answers for Fido’s frustrating health problems?
Probiotics Work For Dogs Too
Stomach-related symptoms often ease by introducing certain live micro-organisms. They are a key form of supplemental nutrition that can benefit humans and animals alike.
Probiotics are particularly useful for the following conditions:
- Intestinal inflammation
- Unexplained allergies
Dogs with these stubborn problems often respond favorably to probiotics. Going that route may greatly improve gut problems.
How Probiotics Help Dogs
First thing’s first:
Your dog’s digestive tract is in a constant battle between friendly and harmful bacteria.
The gastro-intestinal system works with the immune system, both of which need to be healthy for well-being.
The good news is these can be strengthened (and even thrive) with a good canine probiotic.
Here’s a reality check…
Your dog likely is not being exposed to much harmful bacteria. So, Fido is susceptible when they do come into contact with certain microbes (bad actors).
You read that right!
Environments with good hygiene tend to weaken a dog’s ability to fight bad bacteria. This is a generally accepted theory which strongly makes the case for pet probiotics.
So we know that digestive disorders are improved with the right probiotics.
Candida (a yeast overgrowth) also responds to good bacteria. Dogs with itchy skin or other allergies may need these organisms.
You could also get positive results for bad gas and bad breath issues, even stress!
Probiotic Safety For Pets
Valuable micro-organisms in probiotics are generally safe for dogs when properly administered.
Play it safe by checking with your vet before starting such a treatment plan.
Get a quality probiotic. One that is specially formulated for pets.
The human kinds are sometimes inappropriate and often less effective for dogs.
FYI: Looser stools indicates a need to reduce the probiotic dose.
Good Bacteria For Dogs
Science has identified specific types of healthy bacteria that fight stomach problems:
Enterococcus faecium is a popular probiotic strains for dogs. It occurs naturally in the gut. Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus can also be given.
But they require refrigeration! If not, they could be harmful and/or ineffective.
There is also Dinovite which is well-known to many dog owners.
The trend is to provide a mix of the best bacteria for use as a canine health supplement.
The Bottom Line
Dogs can benefit from probiotics. Live micro-organisms are increasingly being used on animals for:
- Stomach issues
- Infection recovery
- Antibiotic therapy
These products can even be combined with conventional medicines.
The best course of action is to talk with your vet about the possibility of a probiotic for your dog.