Probiotics for dogs… should we administer probiotics or not? How do they help our dog? What is the purpose of feeding our dog probiotics? Probiotics have been found to increase overall gastrointestinal health and help your dog in feeling his best. How does it work, though? Probiotics are living organisms; weird, right? When ingested, these organisms help rebuild microflora in your pet’s intestines. This helps to enhance the function of the intestine(s) and enhances your dog’s overall health.
Does He Really Need This?
Probiotics significantly help dogs in feeling their best; maintaining optimum health, essentially. Why would your dog need additional probiotics if he already has microflora in his system? The main reason is stress. Emotional stress, for example, even if you do not notice it could cause the gastrointestinal track not to work to its full potential. Even leaving your dog in his kennel for several hours could affect this. Probiotics replenish the good bacteria to help your dog fight these stressors.
How Do I Choose Probiotic for Dogs?
Probiotics for dogs should be chosen based on the number of strains of bacteria which are present. For optimum health, at least 10 strains of good bacteria should be incorporated into the probiotic supplement. Each of these strains of probiotics for dogs will help maximize his gastrointestinal tract’s function. You will notice many probiotics only contain 1-2 strains of bacteria. Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics for Pets includes 14 different strains and is relatively inexpensive.
What Benefits Will I See
When giving a probiotic for dogs, you are likely to notice the benefits. For example, probiotics assist in preventing urinary tract infections and also assist with irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea and intestinal inflammation.
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Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.
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