How do I know if my dog needs probiotics or enzymes?
Due to the modern pet diet, most dogs (and cats) need probiotic and enzyme supplementation. Antibiotics are now found in most all pet foods, and they are stripping your dog’s digestive and immune system of the vital, good bacteria. Meanwhile, the natural enzymes your dog needs for digestion are removed through the processing of processed pet foods.
Without a proper functioning immune system and a well-supported digestive system your dog will struggle to fight illness and absorb the important nutrients he needs for long term wellness. Most dogs will not show signs of digestive stress and immune distress for years, while some dogs will give you signs early in life that probiotics and enzymes need to be added to their diet.
Here are the signs your dog is at risk:
1. Constant itching and scratching
Itching and scratching is a common nuisance with dogs. The itching and scratching can range from mild to severe depending on your dog’s circumstances. The most common cause of itching and scratching in dogs is food allergy. Digestive enzymes can help by supporting the digestive system, taking the digestive burden off the pancreas. Modern dog food can be high is grains and is generally devoid of the natural enzymes that your dog’s stomach has developed to depend on for digestion. By supplementing your dog food with digestive enzymes, you ensure that the entire meal is fully digested. Probiotics further help your dog’s intestinal track to accept the meal and absorb the nutrients into the body.
2. Foul Odor
A stinky dog is usually caused by yeast overgrowth (Candida). Bad breath and foul body smell is a signal that your dog has a bacterial imbalance. Putrefying food causes sulfurs and sulfites to build up in the system causing bad breath and stinky stool. Of course, you’ll never turn your dog’s poop into a rose, but normal dog stool will smell unpleasant, not putrefied or overwhelmingly disgusting. Probiotics will help crowd out the bad bacteria causing the bad smell on or in your dog’s gut. Digestive enzymes can help the digestive process so that his meal gets passed through the body quickly without allowing it to rot or putrefy.
(Read:My Pet Has Bad Breath)
3. Excessive Shedding
4. Dry and flaky skin
5. Ear infections
Reoccurring ear infections can be a sign of yeast overgrowth and/or allergies—but some dogs are just prone to ear infections. It’s important to keep in mind, that once your dog has an ear infection, it should be treated locally—consult your vet. Once clear, with a little maintenance, the Miracle Pack™ has been effective in helping dogs with reoccurring ear infections that are caused by yeast or allergies.
6. Diarrhea and Loose Stool
When your dog’s intestinal flora is overrun with pathogenic (harmful) bacteria, the result is runny, loose stool, or diarrhea. Diarrhea can be a nightmare for any dog owner, but it’s a tell tale sign that your dog needs healthy flora, and fast! Luckily, dogs treated with probiotics can see improvement in stools within a matter of days.
7. Antibiotics and Medications
The antibiotic roller coaster can put anyone’s arms up in frustration. You follow your vet’s advise and the problem gets better, but then comes back and with a vengeance. Over and over the cycle continues. Dogs on antibiotics are compromised in a fundamental way, the medication used to help them fight their disease also prevents them from getting and staying healthy. It is VITAL for any dog after taking antibiotics to have a probiotic supplement to return the intestinal microbiota balance. Dogs with compromised immune systems and those on antibiotics should be receiving about 5 times the recommended dosage of probiotics at each meal for a couple weeks following antibiotic therapy.