The evidence demonstrating the benefit of dog probiotics is growing.
Probiotics have become very popular supplements on the market today – for people. But did you know they are equally valuable for your dog?
Research shows probiotics can support the immune system so you can give them to your dog to support general health. Probiotics can also help your dog get over digestive upsets, and they can be helpful during stressful times, including weaning, boarding, agility trials and when traveling. And when given in whole food form, it’s hard to go wrong.
Now imagine your dog’s gut is the fishbowl and the probiotics in his food are the fish. Just like the little fish in the windowsill, if you don’t feed the fish, they’ll die … and the unwanted watery weeds would take over the bowl.
Should I give my dog probiotics?
What are the best sources of probiotics for my dog?
If you're considering probiotic treatment for your dog, you may be wondering how your dog might respond to the change in diet. Here is a week-by-week glimpse of what you can expect after introducing probiotics to your dog.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.If it appears that your dog isn't tolerating the introduction of probiotics well, cut the recommended dosage to half or a quarter, and increase the amount slowly over the next 7-10 days.Your dog should be starting to adjust to the introduction of probiotics. Keep the dosage steady, splitting the doses morning and night is a good practice. If your dog is recovering from antibiotic therapy, or has a gastrointestinal disorder, this is a good time to start increases the dosage. Your dog's colon and digestive tract are still in the balancing process. Toxins and pathogenic bacteria are being purged. You may notice an increase in elimination. This is a good time to adjust the probiotic dosage if you see fit. If your dog is still having trouble with gas, keep the dosage low this week. If you haven't seen any changes, and your dog is tolerating the probiotics well, you can increase the dosage, too.This is the magic moment of for yourÂ dog on probiotics. Most dogs will display naturally improved health from the new healthy balance of intestinal flora. Not only will your dog's digestive health be dramatically improved, but dogs display a more vibrant coat, and hydrated skin by this time.