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Probiotics for Dogs

Most of the time, your digestive system and that of your dogs are taken for granted, and it is perhaps not realised how important it really is. A dog and human are no different in that they thrive on balance. We call this ‘equilibrium’, and things function much better if there is a sense of equilibrium in the body. The gut is the centre of the body and runs all the way through, and is responsible for extracting the nutrients out of the food eaten, and distributing these nutrients to the rest of the body in a form that can be used to nourish.

Just like humans, the majority of a dog’s immune system resides in his gut. The gut is the largest immune organ in the body and contains approximately 70% of all immune cells

It is also more than that…..Just like humans, the majority of a dog’s immune system resides in his gut. The gut is the largest immune organ in the body and contains approximately 70% of all immune cells. So it is crucial to keep your dog’s digestive system running efficiently to make sure that he stays healthy, active, and lives a full and healthy life.

One way to potentially improve your dog’s digestive health is to offer him a daily probiotic for dogs. There have been extensive studies on the benefits of probiotics in humans, however, veterinary research is just starting to really look into how supplementing for your dog with friendly bacteria can support health.

Studies in humans and animals show not just benefits with digestion and immune support but with mood, allergies and even performance.

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- Helps support healthy digestion
- Specially formulated for dogs
- Contains 6 billion cfu's per capsule
- Comes in sprinkle capsule which makes it easy to add to dog food
- Human food grade standard

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Types of Probiotics for Dogs

Dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and so do probiotics. Some are marketed just for dogs, some for a range of animals, and some for humans (that are subsequently used in dogs), these can come as pills, powders, or pastes.

Each probiotic supplement contains one or more types of bacteria and/or yeast that can carry out a variety of different functions. For instance, certain strains, such as Bifidobacterium, are known to be helpful in slowing down the duration of diarrhoea in dogs and for their overall immune boosting properties. Other types, like Lactobacillus, have shown benefits in helping dogs to increase the absorption of nutrients and to optimize their digestive systems.

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Can I Give My Dog Probiotics Meant for Humans?

While there are no known specific studies that prove that human probiotic supplements can harm a dog, vets will usually recommend that pet owners opt for a probiotic that is specially made for dogs and contains the specific strains that a dog’s gut needs.

"There are differences in the biology of dogs and humans, including differences in the acidity of stomach fluids, digestive enzymes, and other features of the gastrointestinal tract. So it is safer to use probiotics which have a really good safety record such as the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species"

How to Give a Dog a Probiotic

Canine probiotic supplements are administered orally and can be included in a dog’s food or wrapped in a treat. When administering a probiotic to a dog, it’s very important that you follow the instructions on the product label. The important thing with probiotics is that they pass through the stomach which is acidic when empty, and on to the intestines which is where they work their magic.

Many factors, such as diet, food poisoning, infections, antibiotic therapy, stress and aging can impact the balance of the gut microbiota, having a direct effect on the above functions and affecting health. Probiotics are increasingly being identified as supporting the microbiota and therefore being supportive of health across a broad spectrum of conditions.

As always, talk to your vet before deciding to give your dog any sort of supplement or treatment intended to help resolve health problems.