Can you be doing more to help protect your dog or cat against digestive problems? Learn how probiotics can benefit the digestive and immune systems in your pet.
Species with specific strains known to benefit pets include Enterococcus faecium (strain SF68) and Bacillus coagulans. Bifidobacterium animalis (strain AHC7) has been shown to reduce the time for acute diarrhea to resolve in pets.
Cautions: Some probiotic species require refrigeration in order to remain viable; follow label recommendations for storage.
Many products, particularly those that are not refrigerated, contain fewer live organisms than their labels claim.
Dosing Probiotics for Pets
Probiotics are measured by colony forming units (CFUs). Few studies have been done to determine effective dosages, but these numbers are usually in the hundreds of millions or higher.
When using products intended for pets, follow label suggestions for dosage.
Examples of canine probiotic formulas that include strains known to benefit pets:
1. Thorne Research’s Bacillus CoagulansVet
2. Jarrow’s Pet Dophilus
3. Vetri-Science’s Vetri-Probiotic
4. Nusentia’s Probiotic Miracle
5. Purina’s Fortiflora
Several people whose pets have serious digestive disorders, including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), have told us of success using Primal Defense with homeostatic soil organisms, made by Garden of Life.
Yogurt and kefir with live cultures often contain lactobacillus acidophilus, and sometimes other species as well, but dosages are usually lower than those in supplements. Make sure there’s no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
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