Introducing probiotics into your pet's diet (why do it, and what are best ways)

05/15/17 at 11:07 AM | Published Under Pet Care by Quaker Pet Group

The topic of probiotics is everywhere in the human world. It is also a hot topic rising in the pet community. Much like humans, your dog can benefit from probiotics.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are bacteria and yeast that naturally occur in your pet’s gastrointestinal system. Most of them help digest food, fight off disease-causing viruses and bacterium, and support and strengthen the immune system.

Why should I give my dog probiotics?

Because the gut is the largest immune organ in your pet’s body, the breakdown of this organ can cause various illnesses to occur in your dog. If your dog is experiencing an unusual amount of vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation, your pet can likely benefit from ingesting probiotics through their diet to promote the good bacteria in their gastrointestinal system.

How do I give probiotics to my dog?

Probiotics for dogs come in many forms from which your dog can choose which they like best. Your dog can ingest probiotics on a daily basis by way of supplements, kimchi or other fermented vegetables, raw goat milk, kefir, kvass, and dirt. Since your pet can benefit from a daily dose of probiotics, it’s  good idea to vary the way in which you pet gets them. Try out two or three of the above to see which is best for your dog. 

Although humans and animals alike benefit from probiotics, please separate your human supplement from your pet’s supplement. There is no hard evidence that indicates human probiotics will bring harm to your pet. However, human probiotic supplements are not tested to show the effects on a dog’s body, therefore it’s best to restrict your dog’s supplements to those that are specifically designed for dogs.

Consult your veterinarian first.

Whenever you introduce something new to your dog, please do so gradually and with the guidance of your veterinarian.

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