While every man and their dog may benefit from probiotic supplements, the strains of probiotics and frequency of dosing may vary for each individual. Imbalanced gut microflora can be disruptive to overall health, so the use of probiotics for dogs may have a positive influence on you and your dog’s general wellness. So, short answer is yes, every dog may benefit from taking probiotics.

good health starts in the gut
Good health starts in the gut.

What are probiotics for dogs?

Just like us humans, our dogs’ health starts in the gut. Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria and yeasts, they thrive in the digestive system, and you may know them as ‘good bacteria’. Read more in-depth article here: Probiotics and pet health

Does my dog need a probiotic?

Canine Nutritionist, Narelle Cooke

Canine Nutritionist, Narelle Cooke, says giving your pet healthy bacteria may positively influence chronic gastro-intestinal conditions such as IBS and IBD, obesity, liver disease, dental disease and behavioural disorders. A daily probiotic supplement may also provide additional benefits, such as improved appearance and quality of the skin and coat, a reduction in intestinal gas, improved breath, a reduction of allergies and in yeast-associated disorders, and improvements in bowel regularity and consistency. 

If your dog is currently healthy, you might consider including probiotics in the diet intermittently. For example, administer every few days as a means to give their gastrointestinal and immune systems a healthy boost. And if your dog has a condition such as allergies, diarrhoea, a history of antibiotic use, your dog might need a probiotic and they may benefit from you administering them daily for at least 8 weeks while continuing to monitor their symptoms. Want to read the whole article? Here: The health benefits of probiotics for dogs

How do I choose a probiotic for my dog?

How do I choose a probiotic for my dog?

These are our top tips for choosing the best probiotic for your dog:

  • The probiotic supplement should be species appropriate, formulated specifically for dogs containing host bacteria which is unique to their digestive system.
  • The supplement should be therapeutic strength, formulated with good bacteria, UI levels in the billions.
  • Includes other ingredients that promote optimal digestive function including prebiotics which feed the probiotics as well as digestive enzymes to assist in the digestion process.  
  • Look for probiotics that are microencapsulated. Microencapsulation is integral in protecting probiotic bacteria from the degradation that the digestive system was designed to do, so they can stay viable throughout your pet’s digestive system for maximum benefits.  

Check out Big Dog’s Probiotics for dogs

Where to buy probiotics for dogs.