Are probiotics just for sick dogs?
No. All dogs should be given probiotics daily as an essential supplement. Probiotics are as important as vitamins and should be taken daily. Your dog’s gut is his primary immune system organ, by supporting the gut with probiotics, your dog will have the benefit from better digestion, better skin and coat, and better overall health.*
How do probiotics help my dog?
Probiotics, also known as ‘friendly bacteria’ are essential to every healthy immune and digestive system. By supplementing your dog’s food with a probiotic supplement, you help to increase the levels of friendly bacteria and crowd out bad/unhealthy bacteria which can cause illness and malnutrition. The best probiotic supplements contain highly stable strains of probiotics which are proven to pass through the stomach acid and implant in the intestine. These strains have been researched to be beneficial specifically for dogs and cats. (see Understanding CFU)
Will my dog like the taste of the probiotics on the dog food?
The best probiotics for dogs powder will have essentially no flavor and no fillers and the serving size should be tiny. It is likely that your dog or cat will not even detect that the probiotics are on the food.
Are there any side effects of giving my dog probiotics?
Probiotics have no known negative side effects, it is considered a holistic supplement. Also there is no risk of over-supplementation.
Will probiotics have any negative interaction with other medications?
It is safe to take a probiotic supplement with any medication. There are no known drug interactions. If your dog is on antibiotics, read this article: Your Dog Is On Antibiotics, What Do You Do Next?
Can I give probiotics to my puppy?
YES! Because your puppy has a developing immune system, it is especially recommended that you give your puppy probiotics during the first 2 years of life. By doing this, you will help to support his body against developing allergies and other digestive and immune conditions.
Is it necessary to refrigerate probiotics for my dog?
A stable powder formula should require no refrigeration to maintain label claim potency, however, refrigeration can help to preserve the viability of the bacteria for a longer period of time. If you do refrigerate probiotics, be sure to keep the lid closed tightly and avoid moisture developing in the canister which can mess with the efficacy of the probiotics.
What should I expect after I start my dog on probiotics?
There is a week by week description of what typically happens to your dog's body when he's first given probiotics. Read More.