Probiotics for Dogs: What You Need to Know | petMD
Apr 19, 2017 - You may have heard about using dog probiotics for dogs with diarrhea, but what exactly are probiotics and how do they work
The biggest issue with multi-strain probiotics for dogs is that many strains of probiotics have not been tested or researched for dogs. What’s good for the human is not always good for the canine so when it comes to probiotics, it’s best to stick to probiotic strains that have been shown to be safe and effective for dogs.
Now what we covered the reasons why (and when) dogs should ideally be given probiotics, let’s have a little explanation about how probiotics for dogs actually work.
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Choosing supplements can be overwhelming. There are many probiotics available and it’s hard to know what to buy. You can buy probiotics made especially for dogs but it’s fine to use human ones too.What if your pet’s dry food claims it contains natural probiotics for dogs? Be very suspicious! All dry kibble is heat-treated and heat destroys many of the natural or even added enzymes or probiotics. Remember, the bacteria in a probiotic must be live and able to reproduce in order to do its job in your pet's GI tract. A heat-treated food will render the probiotics useless.So you have done your research on the benefits of probiotics for dogs and decide to give it a try. What is next? You may go on the internet and compare prices. Or, you may decide to give your furry friend some of your own probiotics. It’s all the same bacteria anyway, right? You may want to think again before going to the fridge or cupboard.Are probiotics for dogs necessary? Do they help only with dog’s digestive system, or are there any more benefits to them? What about side effects? Let’s discuss and see what current research has to say about probiotics for dogs.I think stopping my probiotics led to my dog's death.
He was a 9.5 year old basset hound mix and had experienced GI problems off and on for a number of years. This last year he was on and off probiotics as well as prednisone (we were continually trying to taper down his dosing but I never could get it below 5mg every-other-day without a diarrhea flare up), acid controller, and generic zrytec. Both veterinarians that had seen him either suspected IBD or IBS but I never really knew what that entailed besides the diet, dietary, and medicinal regimen he had been put on. He also had started low-fat I/D dog food in July as well. In September, he seemed to be doing better so I decided to remove the probiotics from his diet. By September 30th, his diarrhea had returned. I immediately restarted him on the probiotics, upped his prednisone to 10mg every day, gave him immodium, and put him on a chicken and rice diet. He seemed to be improving slowly, but he was having mucous in his stool. About 10 days after his initial return of diarrhea he came to be at 2am whining and in pain. We went to the emergency vet and realized he was dehydrated but his xrays were clear and nothing could be found on an external examination. I asked if he could come home with me because he hated to be kenneled. We returned for a follow-up mid-day Saturday and they started seeing fluid on his lungs and suspected cancer and suggested an abdominal ultrasound. 3am Sunday morning, he was still in pain and the veterinarian gave him another shot of hydromorphone. 7am Sunday he was in respiratory distress and we returned to the veterinarian. At that point they diagnosed him with pyothorax and began draining fluid from his pleural cavity and again suspected cancer. When he was stabilized they did an ultrasound and saw nothing. Monday at 2am I received a phone call he had gone into cardiac arrest when he was returned to the kennel. They saved him but he couldn't see all day. They kept him on oxygen for most of the day. I got it out of one of the veterinary technicians that he had gone septic. Tuesday at 3am I received a call he had, once again, gone into cardiac arrest when he was taken out to go to the bathroom and passed away before we made it there.
What happened to him? Did removing the probiotics lead to such terrible gastric upset that it killed him? What could have led to such a quick death? What happened to him that he couldn't be saved?You may have heard about using dog probiotics for dogs with diarrhea, but what exactly are probiotics and how do they work? The term probiotics seems full of many good promises; indeed, the term derives from the Greek "for life." Discovered in the early 1900s by Russian biologist Elie Metchnikoff, probiotics are living organisms under the form of bacteria or yeast that are known to improve health. They are found in certain foods and supplements. Elie Metchnikoff's interest led to a discovery when he noticed that certain people living in rural areas routinely drank fermented milk and lived longer lives. He attributed their good health to the presence of the Lactobacillus organism found in milk. Nowadays, perhaps the most common food containing probiotics are fermented foods such as yogurt with active live cultures.