Are Probiotics Good for Dogs With Gastrointestinal Issues?

Let’s first start by breaking down the difference between human grade and dog probiotics:
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Brennen McKenzie, VMD, who practices at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos, California, has studied the use of probiotics in canines extensively and believes that there are definitely some benefits to dogs taking them. “In theory, if probiotics can pass through the stomach and colonize the intestines, they can have a variety of desired effects, such as preventing or treating diarrhea or improving other intestinal conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease,” he states.
For more information on dogs and probiotics, check out the probiotics primer on .
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As always, if you have any questions, let me know. As a dog health care coach, I recommend canine probiotics for many of my clients and always have a bottle in the fridge for myself, my dogs and even for friends who drop by with a tummy problem. Probiotics help dogs absorb the nutrients from their food much better.
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Photo provided by FlickrProbiotics helps ensure your dog stays healthy, happy and most of all, energetic!
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Pet probiotics are an excellent way to keep your dog or cat healthy and well for a long time. A pet given these healthy microorganisms (bacteria) enjoy increased mineral and nutrient absorption, improved digestion, and enhanced the immune function.Recalls and scandals in the pet food industry set consumers hot on the trail of natural, organic, and holistic pet foods but pet owners are coming face to face with labels listing bacteria, fungi, molds, and yeasts. Sellers spout terms like probiotics, prebiotics, and functional fibers, insisting that dog and cat colons can’t make it without them. Serious health and behavior changes begin to occur in their pets even as consumers feed the pricey new foods, marveling at the strange ingredients.Some pet owners may try or cats, hoping for a natural way to increase this healthy flora in the body. This method will not offer enough quantity of healthy flora, nor the right type of probiotic strains to offer therapeutic results. There may also be negative side-effects for our favored animals when the delivery of probiotics comes in a dairy culture, like yogurt. Similarly, a single-strain (just L.) or double-strain supplement, containing only , or and , will only provide minimal benefits for dogs and cats. See also,. These additives were created to supplement the human diet which increasingly excludes fresh meats and vegetables in favor of pre-cooked packaged foods which are loaded with preservatives. Therefore it is likely that the effects of probiotics on a dog or cat could be much worse. The pet food industry is not required to explain the use of probiotic ingredients nor to put any warnings on their labels. Food sellers contend that pets will get used to it. Since rashes are common side effects for humans, it is likely that dogs and cats will be in for more itching and scratching. The industry term is probiotics. These are actually live bacteria (miscroscopic germs) that have been cultured in a laboratory and turned into food additives designed to multiply in the stomach and colon. They are added to pet foods for the purpose of replacing flora in the colon which dogs and cats no longer obtain from natural sources.Commercially available pet (dog and cat) foods claiming to contain probiotics were purchased from local retailers. Products listing bacterial species in the ingredient list or claiming to contain ‘probiotics’ on the packaging were included. Lot numbers and expiry dates were recorded and all products were tested prior to their expiry date. Quantitative culture was performed on all products. Ten grams of food were added to 90 mL of phosphate buffered saline (PBS, pH 7.2) and homogenized in a blender. Serial 10-fold dilutions were performed in PBS and 100 μL of each dilution was inoculated onto deMan, Rogosa, Sharpe (MRS) agar and incubated anaerobically for the isolation of lactic acid bacteria, and onto blood agar and incubated aerobically and anaerobically for the isolation of enterococci and bacilli. All plates were incubated at 37°C for 48 h.