Buyer Beware! Read this before you buy probiotics for your dog.
Dog probiotics are a new healthy trend in the dog and pet industry right now. The truth is, dog probiotics are an essential supplement for dog health. However, it seems that a host of brands are adding probiotics to their food and new probiotic supplements for dogs are showing up all the time. We wanted to know which dog probiotics we could trust.
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Problem #1: Not all probiotics are alike. Many cheap probiotics are unstable and lose their beneficial properties in the dog's stomach before the probiotics can reach the intestine. The intestine is where the probiotics need to plant in order to seed the dog's intestinal tract with healthy flora.
Problem #2: Many probiotic formulas that say they are for pets are really just human formulas with pet labels. Bacteria is host-specific, giving your dog a random probiotic may be a mistake, and you'll be surprised which brands are on this list—check the canine probiotic research.
The Right Dog Probiotics Will Help Dogs With:
- Yeast Overgrowth, yeast infection, and rash
- Excessive Shedding
- Gas and Breath Odor
- Improved skin and coat
- Improved bowel function
Why do some dog probiotics need to be refrigerated and others not?
Dog probiotics, like any probiotic, are live cultures and are generally unstable at temperatures over 75 degrees. HOWEVER, the temperature inside the body is well over 75 degrees, not to mention that the probiotics would have to pass through hostile stomach acid and bile to get to the intestine. So what is the answer? The answer is to buy a dog probiotic supplement that contains stabilized strains of bacteria. The fact is, a probiotic that requires refrigeration may not be stable and could die on impact with the body (making the probiotic ineffective). Make sure you read the label of any dog probiotics to be sure that the probiotics are stabilized. Also be sure that your probiotic contains prebiotics (or a prebiotic, such as FOS), and that there is research to support the probiotic formula you use for your pet.
It has come to our attention that there are companies selling cheap low quality, unstable dog probiotics, or products that are really for a human. After reviewing almost all dog probiotics on the market we have come to conclusion that certain dog probiotics do measure up to the stability and quality standards necessary to help our dogs. Remember, dogs are not susceptible to the placebo effect, so you'll notice an improvement in your dog's health if the dog probiotic is effective. User reviews support our research.
After months of testing and after reviewing we compiled a small list of our favorite dog probiotic products. These probiotic products are tried & tested and produced great results for our dogs. All of the products offer discounted prices, volume discounts, as well as a discount with the provided code below and 100% product satisfaction guarantee.
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- 100% money back guarantee
- 6 stable probiotic strains; researched probiotics strains for pets
- 100% natural and vegetarian source
- No fillers, no flavorings, no GMOs, no wheat, no dairy, no animal products
- Made in USA at at GMP facility
Probiotic Miracle® is one of the highest consumer rated dog probiotics we found on the market with the best value per dollar. Probiotic Miracle® is researched specifically for dogs and cats and clinically proven to be able to pass through the pet stomach. Probiotic Miracle® is an animal supplement—and all users rated this pet product highest for quality and value. Probiotic strains included: B. animalis, L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, L. fermentum, L. reuteri, Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS, prebiotic)
(from the manufacturer: Probiotics for Pets: Understanding CFU and Strains)
- 90 treat-size tablet
- 100% money back guarantee
- Each tablet treats 1 cup of pet food
- 5 stable strains of probiotics plus 12 vegetarian enzymes (all researched for dogs and cats)
- 100% natural and vegetarian
- Made in USA at a GMP facility
MiracleZyme™ is a dog probiotic and digestive enzyme combination tablet. Users who wanted a probiotic supplement that combined a digestive enzyme in tablet form preferred this product over the powder formula, mostly for the sake of convenience. MiracleZyme™ probiotic tablets were found to have a high level of stability and effectiveness in combating yeast problems such as skin rashes, excessive shedding, yeast overgrowth, low energy, and bad smell.
Key Benefits of Dog Probiotics:
- Helps control yeast and yeast related rashes and skin problems
- Helps maintain a healthy digestion
- Helps treat diarrhea and prevent loose stool, diarrhea, and constipation in dogs
- Helps eliminate smelly stools and bad-smelling gas
- Helps reduce bad breath
- Helps counteract the destructive side effects of antibiotic therapy
- Helps prevent shedding and scratching caused by stress from digestive imbalances
- Improves dog smell overall
- Reduces excess gas