Probiotics for dogs like Acidophilus are used not only by humans but are also given to help boost a dog’s immune system and help with the digestion of food. These bacteria help protect the stomach and gut from harmful bacteria that can sometimes accumulate there. They are used to help treat irritable bowel syndrome and prevent or stop diarrhea and loose stools. They can help prevent excessive gas as well. Skin problems have also been reduced with these supplements. Some people have reported that their dog’s breath is better after starting the supplement. It is important to understand them though and make sure you are using the right type so that your dog’s body can use them properly.
The gastrointestinal tract uses healthy bacteria to digest food. These bacteria are typically found in the large intestine. Having an ample supply of them is important for helping your dog get the most benefits from his/her food. (Feeding a high quality diet is therefore critical before supplementing. See Healthy Dog Food)
Most Probiotics are designed specifically for humans and people mistakenly think that they can just use the same one for their dogs. However, dogs need for of two specific bacteria; Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Enterococcus faecium. It is very important that when giving your dog a supplement that it is Probiotics for dogs specifically and it contains theses two ingredients. They attack harmful bacteria like E-Coli.
When choosing Probiotics to give to your dog, look for one that lists the amount of CFU in millions or billions per gram. This will help to insure that enough of the bacteria reach the large intestine and can therefore be helpful to your dog. The product should also be for dogs not humans. Studies have shown that supplements designed for humans do not necessarily prove helpful for dogs.
If your dog is immune suppressed, suffering from bloat or having GI surgery, consult with your veterinarian before using the supplement.