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Holistic Veterinarian

Pet Dophilis is a probiotic that can help prevent allergies

Unlikely Reason Why Your Dog Needs Probiotics

March 27, 2018

Probiotics aren’t just about good gut health and digestion. We now know that a healthy bacteria environment in the intestines in puppies can help prevent allergic problems in later life. Mounting research is showing that good gut health promotes a more balanced internal immunity in humans and dogs.

Humans and dogs that get a healthy “gut inoculation” of bacteria from their environment (vaginal birth rather than C-section, breast fed rather than formula fed, early exposure to bacteria from dirt, pets and farm animals, no long-term treatment with antibiotics during early years) are more resistant to allergic conditions. Their immune systems do not over-react to environmental proteins causing the symptoms of allergies, sinus and asthma in humans and itching with skin and ear problems in dogs.

We like to get all of our dogs and puppies started on life-long supplementation with probiotics. This stocks the intestines with beneficial bacteria to promote not only better digestion and but a better balanced immune system. Acidophilus and kefir do not contain the variety or numbers of bacteria necessary to provide these benefits. You need to shop carefully for probiotics. Why?

  1. The FDA does not require the bacteria to be alive in probiotic products. Make sure the label says “live” or “active colonies.” Probiotics added to commercial dog foods are killed during processing.
  2. Make sure there are a least 1 billion colony forming units (CFU) per serving.
  3. Make sure the product contains Bifidobacteria and Enterobacteria as well as Lactobacillus.
  4. Choose a product that requires refrigeration. If not refrigerated, the “live” bacteria will die and not provide any benefit.

We also recommend dogs get prebiotics daily. Watch for our next blog that discusses prebiotics-what they are, what they do and which are the best.

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Ken Tudor DVM
Dr. Ken Tudor, Holistic Veterinarian

Dr. Ken Tudor is a recognized expert and leader in the field of pet nutrition and fitness. He has developed a pet weight management program and served on the American Animal Hospital Association task force to develop their Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. He is also a frequent guest on the Pet World Insider radio show and a popular guest on the televised Pet Ex Talks-Pet Experts Empowering Pet Parents show.

Unlikely Reason Why Your Dog Needs Probiotics

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