Can You Give Dogs Probiotics?

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You have probably heard about probiotics, whether it’s from food commercials or from your doctor. But, can you give dogs probiotics? Probiotics can help maintain balance in the intestines and promote digestive health in your dog. Read on to learn more about probiotics for dogs and the benefits they offer. 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms which help maintain balance in the digestive tract. Simply put, they are friendly bacteria that help increase the number of good bacteria in the gut.

They also help to inhibit harmful pathogens from colonizing the gastrointestinal (GI) tract by attaching to cells and releasing substances that help prevent bad bacteria from accumulating.

Can you give dogs probiotics?

Yes, you can give dogs probiotics. Specifically, probiotics that have been formulated for dogs are more beneficial. There are certain products like yogurt that contain active cultures that are beneficial to humans. While yogurts free from sugar and artificial sweeteners (like xylitol) are safe for dogs, you won’t see the same benefits for your dog from this source of probiotics as you would from specially formulated products.

Does your dog need probiotics?

If you’ve noticed that your dog has had gastrointestinal (GI) incidents, like vomiting, diarrhea or excessive gas, he may benefit from a probiotic supplement. These conditions are often associated with an imbalance of intestinal microflora.

These GI conditions can be triggered by stress, dietary problems or food change. Antibiotics may also be the cause, since they work by killing bacteria, which can leave your pet in need of a probiotic boost.

Do probiotics taste good to dogs?

Taste depends on how you choose to feed the probiotic to your dog. Supplements can come in the form of oral pastes, powders, pills or capsules.

If you think that probiotics are a good choice for your dog, ask your veterinarian about Purina Veterinary Diets® FortiFlora® Probiotic Supplements. These are available only by prescription, and are safe and effective for dogs. Here’s why:

FortiFlora Probiotic Supplements are made with a proprietary micro encapsulation process that stabilizes the microorganisms and creates multilayer protection against moisture. This process makes sure that probiotics are still alive and effective when they reach where they need to be in your pet’s GI tract.

Unlike traditional supplements, FortiFlora comes in a packet that you can sprinkle right on your pet's food. We’ve made the taste so pleasant that it’s actually been shown to increase pets’ desire to eat.

FortiFlora contains antioxidant Vitamins A, E and C, which can help support a strong immune system.

We hope we've helped you better understand how probiotics work. If you want to learn more, visit our Purina Veterinary Diets site.

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