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Probiotics for Dogs

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What are probiotics for dogs?

Probiotics are live, “good” microorganisms that work in your dog’s gut to counteract “bad” bacteria. An excessive number of “bad” microorganisms can lead to stomach upset, weight gain, constipation, urinary issues, and even skin problems. Probiotics for dogs provide excellent support to your pup’s digestive tract, immune system, and gastrointestinal system. Probiotics can help your dog avoid many health problems and can be especially helpful for dogs with pre-existing gastrointestinal conditions. Probiotics are good for dogs of all ages and breeds!

What should I know before choosing a probiotic for my dog?

Dog parents tend to have many questions about probiotics for dogs. Some of the frequently asked questions are:

  • What are the best probiotics for dogs? Allivet carries many excellent, effective probiotic options. These include:
    • Purina ProPlan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora – This dog probiotic powder comes in convenient, individually-packaged sachets and can be easily sprinkled over your dog’s food. It contains live, active cultures. This product is a favorite of veterinarians across the nation.
    • Synacore Digestive Support – This symbiotic supplement contains probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, and probiotic enzymes, all in individual sprinkle sticks.
    • Vetri-Science Probiotic Products – Choose from Vetri Mega Probiotic capsules, Everyday Canine Bite-Sized probiotic chews, or Vetri-Probiotic BD chewable tabs.
    • Pet Naturals Daily Probiotic – With a special bacteria strain, this probiotic for dogs supports your dog’s overall health and wellness, along with their gut and digestive health.
    • Allivet carries these and several other incredible products, ensuring that you’ll find the best probiotic for your dog.
  • Do probiotics for dogs work? In a word, yes! Much like probiotics for humans, probiotics for dogs are incredibly useful in normalizing the digestive environment of your dog. Probiotics can help support your dog in times of digestive upset and maintain gut health long-term. Studies have shown enhanced immune response, reduced need for antibiotics, and relief of symptoms of stomach upset.
  • What is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics for dogs? Prebiotics are nutrients that promote growth of “good” bacteria, nourishing the bacteria that live in your dog’s colon. Prebiotics are nutrients, and probiotics are helpful bacteria. Both prebiotics and probiotics can contribute to the gastrointestinal health of your dog, so choosing a product that contains both is a great way to maintain a healthy gut.
  • Can dogs take human probiotics? Dog parents are strongly discouraged from giving their dog probiotics meant for human use. Canine probiotics are made with dogs in mind, and they take into account your dog’s unique digestive system and size. Human probiotics are not made with such considerations in mind. Luckily, Allivet carries all the best probiotics for dogs, so finding a great product for your dog is easy! Best of all, it will conveniently ship right to your door.
  • Can I give my dog food with probiotics? Yes! Many dog foods contain probiotics. Because it might be best to offer a supplement instead of switching your dog’s food (which can lead to digestive issues of its own), you should speak to your veterinarian about the best probiotic source before making the change.
  • What are the health benefits of probiotics for dogs? Probiotics can prevent outside bacteria like salmonella and E. coli from making your dog sick. They work to keep your dog’s digestive tract healthy. The AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) has approved probiotics to supports the immune system and digestive system of dogs.
  • Do probiotics help dogs with diarrhea? Probiotics are particularly beneficial for dogs suffering from gastrointestinal upset, or for those who are prone to such issues. They can provide your dog with relief by working at the source of the problem, while many medications simply work to relieve symptoms.
  • Can I give my dog yogurt as a probiotic? Yogurt is not recommended as a daily source of probiotics for dogs. It is high in protein and calcium, but it also contains lactose, which can be difficult for your dog to digest. This can lead to new or worsening gastrointestinal upset. If you wish to give your dog yogurt intermittently, it’s best to choose Greek yogurt because it is rich in active cultures. Be sure to select a yogurt without artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Dogs should also not eat yogurt with added sugar. Plain yogurt is best.
  • Do dogs need probiotics every day? Most probiotic supplements should be administered daily. If you’re only giving your dog probiotics to restore their health after a digestive problem, you might not find the need to continue treatment after the issues are resolved. However, if your dog frequently experiences gastrointestinal trouble, long-term daily probiotics can be a great way to keep their tummy on track. Speak to your veterinarian to determine if prolonged probiotic use is recommended for your dog.