Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions about giving your canine probiotics and we have answers. This is a compilation of the most frequently asked questions about probiotics for dogs.

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Can dogs take probiotics?

Yes, some research has shown that canines may be able to benefit from taking probiotics.

What is the role of probiotics in dogs?

Just as in humans, probiotics help restore and maintain the proper balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria ensuring optimal digestive health in canines.

Click here to read more about the role of probiotics in canines.

What are the most recommended probiotics for dogs?

While there are many probiotics in the market, some of them may not be the best for your dog. However, there are many things one should look for in canine probiotics:

  • A list of the species and strains of bacteria; at least 10 strains should be included
  • The number of CFUs (colony forming units) per gram/per serving
  • A daily serving size
  • An expiration date
  • An explanation of health benefits that the product will do for your canine
  • Require storage instructions
  • The manufacturer contact information
  • It should meet or exceed the “Good Manufacturing Practices” ISO requirements

Can probiotics cause diarrhea in dogs?

Yes, after starting a probiotic there is an adjustment period in which gas and diarrhea can increase as your dog’s digestive tract increases “good” bacteria and releases the “bad” bacteria from their body. You can read our full article.

Can probiotics cause infections in dogs?

Although research is still ongoing for the long-term effects of probiotics in dogs; it has not been said that probiotics can cause infections in canines. The research has shown that certain infections can be helped or even treated with the use of probiotics.

Are probiotics recommended for canines?

There is research that shows 70% of a canine’s immune system is found in the digestive tract. Probiotics are recommended for dogs in order to restore “good” gut bacteria and maintain digestive health.

Can dogs take probiotics for humans?

We do not recommend giving canines human probiotics. Probiotics specifically made for dogs should be used. However, there are human foods that are considered dog-safe that contain naturally occurring probiotics such as kefir and sauerkraut.

As always, you should consult your veterinarian before administering any kind of probiotic or food to your dog.

What are the best probiotics for large dogs?

We have not seen probiotics recommended specifically for larger canines. If your canine is over 50 lbs., they should take a dose of 2-5 billion CFUs (colony forming units) of probiotics a day.

Any vet recommended probiotics for canines?

Some health experts recommend Probiotic Miracle. Another recommended probiotic is MiracleZyme Plus Probiotic. Additionally, you may want to consult your veterinarian for their personal recommendation.

What is the proper dosage of probiotics for dogs with diarrhea?

If your canine has diarrhea, it is recommended to give a standard or lower dose of probiotics. If your dog is under 50 lbs., they should normally receive 1-3 billion CFUs (colony forming units) per day; 2-5 billion CFUs per day if they are over 50 lbs.

Are probiotics good for dog’s bad breath?

Yes, probiotics help improve the intestinal tract and balance the gut bacteria in canines which can help alleviate canine halitosis. Click here to read more.

Is there a list of probiotics for canines?

Here is a list of canine probiotics that we recommend.

Are there any food probiotics for dogs?

Yes, foods such as yogurt and kefir contain naturally occurring probiotics that can be beneficial for your dog.

For optimal digestive health, is omega 3 and probiotics for dogs recommended together?

Feeding your canine omega-3 supplements can be beneficial for a variety of diseases, including but not limited to: heart, kidney, and digestive. It can also help reduce the effects of inflammation caused by too much omega-6 in your canine’s diet. Omega-3 supplements and probiotics can be used in conjunction to optimize your dog’s health.

What are the best probiotics for canines with yeast infections?

When it comes to choosing a dog probiotic for yeast infections, one should look for a probiotic that has diverse strains of bacteria. Strains such as L. salivarius and Lactobacillus GG (L. rhamnosus) are helpful in fighting fungal infections and treating candida which are causes of yeast infection.

Are human probiotics for dogs safe?

There are human foods that are considered dog-safe that contain naturally occurring probiotics such as kefir and sauerkraut; these can be given to canines.

However, if the question is in reference to probiotic supplements made specifically for humans then the answer would be no, do not give your canine human probiotics. There has been no research or study to determine if human probiotic supplements are beneficial for dogs; their safety has not been decided either.

The best course of action is to give your dog probiotics made specifically for them.

Are probiotics good for dogs?

Although more research is being conducted, evidence has shown that probiotics are good for dogs.

What are the benefits of probiotics for dogs?

There are many benefits to giving your dog probiotics.

Are probiotics safe for canines?

Yes, we believe probiotics are safe and beneficial for your dog.

What is the best probiotic for dogs?

We are currently doing research to determine which probiotic is the best one for canines.

Full article coming soon.

What is the proper amount of probiotics to give a dog a day?

The proper amount of probiotics to give your dog is dependent on their weight and health. A dog under 50 lbs. should get 1-3 billion CFUs (colony forming units) per day; a canine over 50 lbs. should get 2-5 billion CFUs.

Can probiotics help a dog with gastrointestinal issues?

Yes, probiotics can help improve and restore the flora in the gastrointestinal tract and can alleviate diarrhea, irritable bowels, and inflammation in the intestines.

What does probiotics help improve or alleviate in my pet?

Probiotics can help alleviate many ailments such as: gastrointestinal problems, allergies, diarrhea, bad breath, candida, etc.

Are there foods that naturally contain probiotics and can be given to my dog?

Yes there are. Foods such as kefir and yogurt contain naturally occurring probiotics and can be given to your canine in small doses.

Can digestive enzymes be given to canines?

Digestive enzymes are beneficial in your dog’s diet in order to aid the digestive process which can become poor overtime from improperly digested food as well as yeast and toxin build up in the stomach. Vets recommend digestive enzymes in a canine’s diet for these reasons.

Can l-glutamine be given to dogs to treat various health issues?

L-glutamine is an amino acid that can aid your dog’s digestive health. It is usually suggested for canines with acute and chronic bowel disorders. It is also helpful in treating diarrhea and reducing the loss of muscle mass.

What are the most common side effects of probiotics for dogs?

Some common side effects of probiotics are gas, diarrhea and over stimulation of the immune system. It can also upset pancreatitis if your dog has been diagnosed with this illness.

What is the best form of probiotics (powder, spray, capsule, etc.) to give my dog?

The best form of probiotics is a dry supplement containing stable bacterial strains.

How do I know which probiotic is good for my dog?

While there are many probiotics in the market, some of them may not be the best for your canine. However, there are many things one should look for in dog probiotics:

  • A list of the species and strains of bacteria; at least 10 strains should be included
  • The number of CFUs (colony forming units) per gram/per serving
  • A daily serving size
  • An expiration date
  • An explanation of health benefits that the product will do for your canine
  • Require storage instructions
  • The manufacturer contact information
  • It should meet or exceed the “Good Manufacturing Practices” ISO requirements

Can I create a homemade probiotic?

Yes, there are homemade recipes containing yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and other fruits and vegetables. These foods have naturally occurring probiotics and can be given to your canine.

We’ll have a recipe list soon.

How do I know if or when my dog needs a probiotic?

Your canine should have a probiotic supplement in their diet starting as a puppy and continuing into their teenage and adult years of life.

If your dog has been on antibiotics, the probiotics will help restore the “good bacteria” that has been killed by the antibiotics and keep your dog’s gastrointestinal tract in balance.

Probiotics can also be beneficial when your pets receive vaccinations.

Other signs your canine may need probiotics include: diarrhea, dry skin, constant itching or scratching, ear infections, bad breath or foul smell, and shedding large amounts of hair.

As always, you should consult your vet before administering any supplement to your canine; especially if your they have a serious illness such as cancer.

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Disclaimer: the advice and information in this article is not intended to be used as a replacement for professional medical advice from a veterinarian.