Naturally Improve Pet Digestion with Probiotics

My dogs are currently wanted by the authorities for crimes against humanity involving their digestive issues: eating feces, diarrhea, and anal glad leakage are their biggest violations. Each of my pets was rescued from a kill shelter in the southern United States, and had parasites when they arrived. We love them unconditionally. However, their gut health has been of serious concern since Day One.

 

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Over the years I’ve tried a number of changes to my dog’s diet. Kibble, home-cooked, freeze-dried raw food all result in similar sensitivity. I have found that anti-inflammatory foods such as lamb and beef are better tolerated by both dogs. Their feces did firm up a little but was not ideal.

 

After speaking to our veterinarian and doing some research I decided to add pumpkin puree to my dogs’ food. I quickly saw a difference, and I’ve listed all the amazing benefits in another article, Pumpkin, the Amazingly Powerful Food You Need to Feed Your Horse or Dog Now. This will always be a staple in their daily diet.

 

Despite the best food choices, and supplements, my dogs still have intestinal problems. Namely, Beau eats poop and as a result has loose stool and diarrhea from time to time when I cannot catch him before he does it. Gonzo, bless him, has anal gland leakage and will lick his butt on my couch. I refuse to live in this situation!

 

The logical next step for us was introducing probiotics.

 

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are natural bacteria that clean and improve gut health in both humans and pets. Naturally occurring in our own bodies, healthy bacteria serve important functions such as: improving immune systems; aiding digestion; and leaving no room for the bad bacteria that causes vomiting, inflammation of the intestinal tract, and diarrhea that is common in pets.

 

There are many foods that contain probiotics such as yogurt, which is very popular addition to your pet’s diet. However, the amount of healthy bacteria in yogurt is not enough to make a huge difference in overall health.

 

Is Bacteria Good for Pets?

Dogs have millions of bacteria in their stomach and intestinal tract. When bad bacteria takes over this can result in allergies, hot spots, lowered immune system, and of course vomiting and diarrhea. But dogs and humans are different so it is important to use a probiotic that is specifically formulated for pets.

My animal massage therapy clients ask often about what they should feed their pets, a question I can only give an opinion on because I’m not a veterinarian or nutritionist. However, I can and do speak from my own experience and as such I must be willing to try it with my own dogs.

Both Gonzo and Beau are in serious need of improved gut bacteria.

 

Benefits of Pet Probiotics

Nutrition and digestive health make a huge difference in the overall health of your dog. Probiotics can improve:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Dental Health Issues
  • Allergies
  • Hot Spots
  • Yeast Infections
  • Dermatitis

And don’t forget that when your pet feels better physically then they will also feel better emotionally. Happy tummy = Happy pet Click To Tweet

 

Probonix for Dogs and Cats

At a recent pet conference I learned of a brand called Humarian. The company launched five years ago with a human probiotic. In November of 2017, they launched Probonix for Dogs and Cats. Probonix is a small company based in Indianapolis, Indiana. While they began with probiotics formulated for men and women in both grape and cherry flavor, they saw a need in pets and released their new product in November 2017.

I was incredibly intrigued to meet a brand and try their product on my own pets. I was willing to try this product for the following reasons.

1. Natural product. The bacteria strains in their products are 100% natural. Dogs and cats have different strains, but the dog probiotic includes the following:

Bifibobacterium lactis
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Enterococcus faecium
Streptococcus thermophilus
Lactobacillus acidophilus
Lactobacillus casei
Bifibobacterium bifidum
Lactobacillus plantarum

2. Storage. Probonix strains are in their first stages of life. As a result, no refrigeration is required for your 30-day supply because growth does not begin until the bacteria is in your pet’s intestines. This means I can keep the bottle close to my pets’ food or take it with my when I travel with my dogs.

3. Dosage. I have two large breed dogs that require 8 drops of liquid probiotic per day. Per the company, the dosage is as follows: Medium/Large Dogs (over 30 lbs.) 8 drops daily; Small Dogs (under 30 lbs.) 6 drops daily.

The bottles appear small but it is actually a 30-day supply for only $29.99!

4. Flavor. My dogs absolutely love the liver taste of the healthy bacteria. I add 8 drops to their morning food and my normally picky Gonzo dives into it with gusto.

 

Personal Experience

Due to the above reasons I decided to try a 30-day supply of Probonix for Dogs for both Gonzo and Beau. First impressions: I love their packaging! It’s simple, straight-forward, and very cute. I read the directions carefully but this probiotic is so easy to serve my dogs. While I did mix it into their food, I’m pretty sure they would have let me put it directly into their mouths. I did not do that because I did not want to accidentally give the wrong dose, spill, or let them lick the dropper creating unhealthy bacteria.

I’m not including photos because no one wants to see that. However, my dog’s stool went from light and loose to dark and formed within a few days. As an unexpected bonus, Beau also seems less inclined to chase Gonzo down and eat his poop, but time will tell on that because it is a habit at this point. More successfully, the firmer stool is helping Gonzo to release his anal glands where appropriate: outside and not within the confines of my sofa.

 

Overall, I’m very well pleased with this product and would absolutely recommend it to my readers and massage therapy clients. More, my dogs are pleased with it and I have seen a huge reduction in crimes against humanity related to my dog’s digestive health.

 

Where You Can Buy Probiotics

Probonix by Humarian are sold on Amazon and available with free shipping to Prime members. You can also buy their entire line of products, for dogs, cats, and humans directly from their website.

 

Have you tried probiotics with your pet? Leave a comment below with your experience.

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12 thoughts on “Naturally Improve Pet Digestion with Probiotics

  1. We started using probiotics when Jasmine was diagnosed with IBD; have been using it since. I like to switch brands around, since using it “preventively” you don’t always know which one works best.

  2. I haven’t used this particular brand but I probably will in the future. My cats and I all take probiotics. I have 2 furry friends with digestive issues and the probiotics help.

  3. Hahaha! The cat people love this – yes, dogs can be gross. I haven’t used this product but I’m glad to hear that it works. I think fiber and dehydrated foods (like Honest Kitchen or Spot Farms) can also promote healthy dog guts. Geez – there’s nothing quite like having to deal with a dog who has the runs at 1am, I’ll tell you that.

  4. My mom’s dog has eaten his poop all his life. I need to get her to check into using probiotics with him. I, myself, take probiotics every day to help with the side effects of my Celiac disease.

  5. Mr. N is on a probiotic. He has a bit of a delicate stomach at times so it helps. Lesser crimes against humanity though!

  6. We use Probonix on our cats and I was so glad to find them. Humarian are the best people! Digestive health matters.

  7. I’m currently using the Humarian probiotics with my dog because I had them and he needs it while in strong antibiotics for an major issue he’s had. However, my Vet expressed concern these weren’t strong enough. But I’m trying it increasing the dosage. So far, so good. I, too, will spare readers specific details or images.

  8. When Layla started with her upset tummy last week the vet immediately said Probiotics which I have been using although she gets pumpkin in her food on a daily basis. I had to switch to medications unfortunately but once off them will keep up with the probiotics in her home cooked food. I also sometimes give her the Lebanese white cheese Labane which she loves which has all the probiotics in.

  9. I hope that this continues to put a stop to Gonzo’s and Beau’s crimes against humanity! When one of my dogs was having stomach issues due to pain medication, the vet gave her probiotics, It made a big difference for her.

  10. I just started using Probonix with Lexy for her recurrent yeast infections in her ears. I also started using it myself. I’m curious to see how her ears will be on her next vet visit.

  11. LOL. Ruby is guilty of some of the very same crimes against humanity. We just started her on Humarian are having good results as well. Agree about it being super easy to use. My only issue is that the print on the bottle is super small and I could hardly read it – though my eyes are terrible so the problem is probably on my end.

  12. I use a probiotic powder from Conklin for my dogs. We have a female boxer who would pass gas stinky enough to clear a room. With the probiotic powder, she still passes gas because of the air she takes in while eating, but its not as noxious.

What are your thoughts?