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Probiotics for Dogs

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Probiotics for dogs? Absolutely!

Okay, before we get started, let’s acknowledge a couple of indisputable things:

  • 95% of dogs have digestive problems even if no outward symptoms are present.
  • Roughly 80% of immune health starts in the gut. 
  • 100% of yeast is regulated in the gut.
  • Demodectic mange is the result of a weak immune system and is nearly always compounded by yeast overproduction. 

The gut is the center of the health universe. It's full of different types of microorganisms, some good, some not so much. By design, the intestinal environment should be balanced and self-maintaining. Unfortunately that's a near-impossibility for dogs — the beneficial good guys that police the opportunistic pathogenic bacteria and quietly protect your dog are outnumbered, fragile and under constant attack. 

Probiotics are supplements that put back the good-guy microorganisms (mostly bacteria) that are required for survival. Dogs need them for proper digestion, to metabolize food, produce vitamins & enzymes, absorb minerals, eliminate toxins, keep bad bacteria under control, avoid yeast overproduction, prevent allergies and provide vital support to the immune system. Without the right balance, optimal health is impossible.

Every dog needs probiotics every day
Over 95% of all dogs tested in a recent study suffered from bacterial imbalances in their digestive tracts. That's epidemic enough to mean that if he's not receiving probiotics daily, the next dog you pet most probably has health disadvantages and is at a higher risk for more problems to come. Even though this is a relatively new health concern, it is incredibly common because in today's synthetic society because diets, toxins and drugs make it impossible for beneficial good guy flora to thrive and police the opportunistic bad guys. The dog's body cannot keep the pathogenic bacteria from getting out of control and causing a long list of problems.

Maintaining a healthy balance is a serious concern but not as hopeless as it sounds. An easy way to check these problems off your worry list is to replenish your dog's supply of beneficial microorganism with a daily dose of probiotics. If your pet is healthy, all you need is a basic maintenance dose. 

Dogs with Demodectic mange need them desperately
It's common knowledge that a weak or compromised immune system is the true root cause of Demodectic mange. Did you also know that the immune system is so directly impacted by digestive health that improving it is the fastest way to give immune health a boost? Another well-known fact is that the gut rules yeast throughout the body. That's critical because yeast is incredibly damaging to health to the point of thwarting recovery from demodicosis all together.

Any animal suffering from mange has more things going on in its body than you'd ever guess. Those stressors plus excess yeast, drugs, toxins and more decimate the positive microorganisms in the gut that quietly protect your pet. The resulting bacterial imbalances sabotages recovery in an already sick dog. Clearly there can be no argument that improving digestive health with the safe natural use of probiotic supplements is a good thing. Dogs with health, physical or mental stress need stronger therapeutic doses to help them fight mange ward off infection, battle yeast and rebuild immunity.

Suggested use

  • Maintenance dose for healthy dogs less than 50 lbs.: Start off by giving your dog 1-2 billion CFUs per day and titrate up (gradually increase the amount) to 5 billion if possible, following the bowel tolerance test below.
  • Maintenance dose for healthy dogs more than 50 lbs.: Start off with 2-5 billion CFUs per day and titrate up to 10 billion if possible, following the bowel tolerance test below.
  • Therapeutic doses for dogs with health conditions, are undergoing prolonged stress or that are on antibiotics: Follow the above instructions for your dog's weight. However, titrate up to 3 times the maximum amount if possible, following the bowel tolerance test below.

Popular choices for getting probiotics into your dog include probiotic supplements (check out our MultiZymes or Microflora Plus), kefir, plain yogurt (no sugar or artificial sweeteners) and cottage cheese. However, it's best if you can avoid dairy-based sources if you can.

Bowel tolerance test
Too many probiotics, especially if given in one dose, will cause diarrhea in dogs. What amount is too much varies from dog to dog. Many experts suggest that you start your dog off with the smallest dose for its weight then gradually increase the dose until the dog develops diarrhea for longer than a day. At that point, reduce the daily dose to the last tolerated dose. (This is often referred to as dosing to “bowel tolerance.”)

Individual dogs may be more or less tolerant of a particular supplement, and that tolerance may change with environmental conditions. For instance, a dog that is experiencing great stress may tolerate a very high dose, but develop bowel intolerance as the stress is removed. The owner’s awareness of the quality of the dog’s stool is critical to appropriate dosing.

Good to know:

  • Digestive enzymes are very important to restoring and maintaining digestive health in their own way. They are a great companion to probiotic supplements and are not redundant. Your dog will fare better when they are provided together. For your convenience we offer MultiZymes and Microflora Plus, to do the job and they're just for dogs.
  • When administering to an animal that is on antibiotics, give probiotics at least 2 hours before and 2 hours after administering antibiotics. Provide 2–3 times the maintenance dose and continue at therapeutic level for a two week or until after the health crisis has passed.
  • Splitting the overall daily dose into 2–3 smaller doses is helpful.