The Benefits Of Probiotics For Dogs

There are major benefits of Probiotics for dogs. Probiotics are living organisms that serve a purpose. They are administered orally, usually in a liquid or as an ingredient that has been added into dog food. Probiotics have a positive influence inside of the intestinal tract.


The benefits of probiotics for dogs include the following:

1. Provide absorbable energy-

2. Block bad bacteria-

3. Increase the immune system


Good bacteria are necessary to maintain good health both in humans and in their canine counterparts. The gastrointestinal tract of all mammals contains more than 400 different types of organisms including yeast, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi.


Absorbable Energy:

Probiotics for dogs provide good bacteria that the dog needs to help aid in digestion and for absorbing the nutrients from his dog food.


Block Bad Bacteria:

By feeding the dog food that has probiotics, the large intestine will become filled with good bacteria, leaving little to no room for any of the bad bacteria that may make the dog sick. This allows the intestines to create a natural barrier that will keep diseases such as Salmonella from setting in.


Increase the Immune System:

With the help of direct fed micro-organisms, the canine immune system is improved. Antibodies and macrophage activities are increased.


If your dog has needed to be treated with antibiotics recently, feeding him a dog food that includes direct fed micro-organisms helps improve the balance of his intestinal tract quicker. When antibiotics are given, not only do they kill off the bad bacteria that are causing the illness, but also the good bacteria that a body needs to be healthy. Probiotics will help replenish the good bacteria. Probiotics for dogs are beneficial during any stressful event in the dog's life, including visits to the vet, weather changes, flea infestations, being home alone, moving to a new home, and so on.


Providing puppies with probiotics is beneficial, especially when they are transitioning from their mother's milk to puppy food. Since a puppy's digestion system has not fully developed, adding supplements containing good bacteria help colonize their intestines. If your full grown dog suffers problems digesting his food or suffers from irritable bowel disease or flatulence, direct fed micro-organisms can help ease the discomfort and put your dog's intestinal tract back on the right path.


There are several different supplements for dogs, ranging from dog foods, to treats and even powders that can be sprinkled into the dog's food daily, that contain bacteria that are beneficial to the dog and his well being. Most of them will yield very few, if any, side effects. If you need to, you can also add a scoop of yogurt to your pet's diet. This will help them get helpful bacteria including the lactobacillus acidophilus strain. This will provide a much lower dose and is only helpful for routine prevention. Some dogs do not tolerate the yogurt because of lactose intolerance.


Probiotics for dogs can greatly increase their intestinal health. During stressful time or when they have completed a round of antibiotics, using a concentrated supplement to increase the good bacteria in your dog will be beneficial and help ensure they heal quickly. A lower dose for routine maintenance is as beneficial for your pet as it is for humans.