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Natural Canine Probiotics

Updated on October 7, 2014

Probiotic Health Boost for your Dog

Ever since your dog entered your life, you have always considered optimal canine health. Veterinary care is available and myriads of canine medications are available in the market. All you have to do is acquire the help of your vet to get the best possible medications for your dog. Natural means everything, now that the Green Revolution has kicked in. As much as possible, you do not want synthetic substances to enter your dog’s system because of the countless side effects.

Probiotics are in demand when it comes to natural canine health treatment and maintenance. These are actually good or friendly species of bacteria. They mainly support your dog’s digestion because they can naturally be found in your furry friend’s gastrointestinal tract. Streptococcus, Lactobacillus (found in the small intestines), Enterococcus, and Bifidobacterium(found in the large intestines) are the species of bacteria found in probiotic preparations.

Take note that you should always check the probiotic product’s expiration date. If it doesn’t have one, you should not purchase it.

Eat up your probiotics!
Eat up your probiotics!

Reasons for Giving Canine Probiotics

Like humans, dogs also have digestive tracts that can be affected by unhealthy living, medications, and stress. An example is when your dog has to take steroids or antibiotics. These medications weaken your dog’s friendly bacteria, resulting in various diseases. Some stressors that contribute to your dog’s unhealthy system include the following:

  • Poor diet
  • A sudden change in diet
  • Unusual habits in eating (eating, nibbling, swallowing rocks, feces, grass, and the like)
  • Vaccinations
  • Unclean or chemical-filled drinking water
  • Surgery
  • Steroids or antibiotics
  • Travelling
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Emotional and physical stress
  • Staying in a pet hospital or kennel

These known GI stressors in dogs disrupt the balance of good and bad bacteria. Health and nutritional issues spring up, such as chronic diarrhea and inadequate nutrient absorption. Dysbiosis or leaky gut is also brought about. This condition allows the absorption of allergens and amino acids into your dog’s bloodstream. Dysbiosis can give way to autoimmune diseases and allergies.

Naturally good and good for your dog!
Naturally good and good for your dog!

Benefits of Canine Probiotics

Below are some of the documented benefits of probiotics in dogs:

  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer complications from medications
  • Improved digestion
  • Modulated immune system
  • Production of SCFAs (short chain fatty acids), which inhibit Clostridium perfringens, E.coli, and Salmonella.
  • UTI prevention
  • Reduction in allergic reactions (inflammation control and reduced intestinal permeability)
  • Decrease in the time needed, to get rid of diarrhea

Natural Probiotics for Your Dog

Yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir are all-natural sources of probiotics for your dog. Sauerkraut and kefir are very inexpensive, but are filled with high quality strains of probiotics. Sauerkraut has a hundred times more probiotics than those you can buy commercially. It also has 13 strains of good bacteria. Kefir is a food item made from soy, coconut milk, rice, sheep’s milk, cow’s milk, or goat’s milk. This dairy-based food has more health benefits than yogurt.

Probiotics Your Dog Will Love

The perfect treat!
The perfect treat!
Eager probiotic licker.
Eager probiotic licker.
More please!
More please!

You can check out some creative recipes in www.fermented.org. Many dishes there can be given to your dog as natural sources of probiotics. Just be mindful of the minor ingredients that are safe for your canine companion. Yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut are very easy to find. Your dogs will always be in the pink of health once probiotics are introduced and maintained in their digestive system.

Canine Probiotic Feedback

"I fed my dog, Leo, plain yogurt after he was hospitalized for amoebiasis and he recovered very quickly. I checked out canine probiotics in www.whole-dog-journal.com. There are some creative probiotic recipes in www.fermented.org, too, that I tried to provide some variety in Leo's diet. I learned to incorporate canine probiotics in my dog's diet to keep away any ailments. I love my dog too much to admit him in a pet hospital again." Laura (PA)


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      Eva 2 years ago from Tucson

      I don't think I could get my cats to eat sauerkraut LOL--but they do like yogurt :-). Now if there were a recipe for fermented potato chips, they might be happy--they got a hold of a bag today *sigh*. I can't keep potato chips in this house!