Tips For Using Probiotic Supplements For Dogs

For those who have dogs as pets, life revolves around them. Dogs are almost like kids who need to be taken care of in every possible manner and they love you back unconditionally for the care you shower on them. However, just food and training is not enough for dogs. They need a lot of other supplements in order for them to lead a healthy life.

Probiotic supplements work best for dogs if given with utmost care and regularity. Here are some tips and tricks for giving probiotic supplements to dogs in order to achieve the most out of them:

  • You should prefer a probiotic that is in powder or a liquid form rather than tablets. Firstly, it is easier to mix the liquid or powder in the food so that the dog does not get averse to the food. Secondly, capsules have restricting benefits to the deeper parts of the GI tract.
  • Probiotic supplements should generally be given to the dogs first thing in the morning, atleast 40 minutes before giving them their first meal. This is because it works best on empty stomach. Hydrochloric acid in empty stomach kills the good bacteria and with supplements at work, digesting food will not be a problem for your pet.
  • You should take utmost care in storing the probiotic supplements. The good bacteria in supplements can die if they are not stored as per the label. Ideally all the dog supplements need to be refrigerated, but you should read the label before buying and storing it for you your dogs.
  • You should take utmost care of the quality of probiotics. The quality plays vital role in building the health of the dog. Unlike other dog foods, poor quality and higher will not do the trick. Hence, before investing in probiotic supplements for the dog, you should take care of researching the best quality of probiotics for your pet.
  • In case the pet is on antibiotic due to some illness, you must give them probiotic supplements along with the antibiotics. Antibiotics destroy the mucus lining of the gut and work on killing the good and bad bacteria simultaneously. So with regular dosage of probiotic supplements the health of the dog can be maintained at large.

Tips for Providing a Balanced Meal to your Pet

The diet provided to your pet should be a balanced one, meaning it meets all the nutritional requirements.

Diets prepared at home include a variety of foods which are fed at different times. Just the way humans eat, if your pets are provided everything they need over a week or two, their diet will turn out to be complete as well as balanced.

In fact, the same approach is followed by us when feeding our families.

In other words, just as humans need variation in their diet, the same must be followed in case of dogs. Thus, so long as your pet does not suffer from health problems which require a specific diet to be fed, you can always try some variations.

You must remember that puppies are more susceptible to problems arising from nutritional deficiencies when compared to adult dogs.

A few guidelines need to be followed when feeding cooked or raw diet to dogs, a few of which are as follows –

To begin with, any single type of food (be it chicken or anything else) should not make up more than half of the dietary intake. Unless stated expressly, food being fed can either be cooked or raw. If you are providing leftovers, it needs to be ensured that they are not fatty in nature.

Meat and Animal Products:

Such foods should always make up nearly half of the diet. It needs to be understood that a number of raw diets are high in fat which can lead to obesity with regular consumption. On the other hand, if the amount of fat is too restricted, your dog might suffer from a deficiency of the required nutrients.

The best option here is to provide lean meats, i.e. meat that has, at the most, 10% fat- remove the skin from poultry and cut off separable fat.

Fish:

Fish is a great source of vitamin D. Canned fish with bones such as sardines which are packed in water, pink salmon and jack mackerel are considered to be good choices. However, raw Pacific salmon trout and related species should never be fed. Fish can be fed in small portions every day or in larger amounts twice a week.

Leafy Green and Non-Starchy Vegetables:

The best part about these is that they are low in calories and can be fed in any quantity. However, too much can cause gas and raw vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower can suppress thyroid function. They should thus be cooked if fed in large amounts.

Supplement Your Dog’s Diet with Natural Probiotics: 3 Points

Probiotic supplements provide a multitude of health benefits to pets, yet some pet owners are hesitant to use them considering the long-term consequences of synthetic probiotics on dogs.

So, if you are also among such pet parents who only want the best for their canine pals, consider the given suggestions to supplement natural probiotics in your dog’s diet.

Dairy Products

The addition of dairy products such as yogurt, soft cheeses and milk in a dog’s diet will not only attend to their calcium requirements but will also help in maintaining a healthy balance of good intestinal bacteria in dogs.

Yogurt is a natural probiotic which contains gut-friendly bacteria such as Bifidobacterium, Lactobacilli, and Streptococcus thermophiles which help in preventing gastrointestinal diseases and fungal infections in dogs. Yogurt can also counteract the effects of antibiotic therapy, especially for diarrhea, vomiting and irritable bowel syndrome. Soft cheese and buttermilk are also great sources of natural probiotics.

However, many adult dogs are lactose intolerant, and dairy products might cause intestinal issues to them. Therefore, it is recommended to supplement dairy products in your dog’s current diet in moderation while looking out for lactose intolerance symptoms. Some common symptoms of lactose intolerance in dogs are diarrhea, flatulence, nausea and stomach cramps.

Meat

Supplementing your dog’s commercial food diet with meat fulfills the nutrient requirements of your pet and reduces their susceptibility to illness and diseases. Make sure that the served meat is either ground or cut into small pieces to prevent choking. However, if you are planning to add raw meat to your dog’s diet, do it with prior consultation with a veterinarian.

Natural Probiotics

Another effective way to ensure the health and happiness of your dog is to add natural probiotic supplements in their diet. Many probiotic suppliers provide safe and natural probiotic products which do not contain any chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, thereby eliminating the possibility of side effects. In fact, these natural probiotics can also be given to dogs with food allergies or sensitivities.

However, it is suggested to give half of the recommended dose upon first administration and evaluate the pet’s response, based on which dosage can be increased to normal levels for best results.

New Year’s Resolutions That Every Pet-Owner Should Make

For pet owners, New Year provides the opportunity to reflect upon the time they spent with their pets and make resolutions towards sharing a stronger relationship than before.

If you are also looking forward to being a better pet parent in 2017, consider these New Year resolutions to ensure the health and happiness of your pet-

Pet Probiotics

Many veterinary physicians have constantly denounced table food based diet for dogs, citing it as the primary reason for weight gain and other health issues like diarrhea and pancreatitis.

So, if you have been feeding table food to your pet for a long time, your priority should be to switch to commercial dog food or raw diet.

However, several studies testing commercial dog foods have found them insufficient to cater to the nutritional requirements of pets.

The best solution to resolve this nutrient deficiency in dogs’ food is to add pet probiotics to your pet’ diet. Pet probiotics promote the growth of gut-friendly bacteria that boosts the immune system and also prevents fungus overgrowth on the skin, reducing itching and allergic reactions.

However, it is recommended to use safe and natural pet probiotic products to eliminate the possibility of any side-effects on your pet’s health.

Daily Walks

According to a research conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) in 2015, it was documented that about 58% cats and 54% dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese. This requires changes in the daily routine of pets and committing to a new diet and exercise regime.

One simple solution is to take your pet for daily walks.

Researchers have found that daily walks through the park or neighborhood not only aids in keeping pets healthy, limber and agile, but also benefits their digestive system in many ways.

Moreover, daily walks are also fundamental in building strong and trusting relationships between pets and pet-owners.

Pet Probiotics- Ensuring a Healthy Life for Your Pet

The digestive system of the pet is structured in a way so as to maintain a healthy balance of good intestinal bacteria at all times.

But this balance could be disrupted due to a number of reasons such as antibiotic treatment, stress, diarrhea or the lack of necessary nutrients in the regular diet of the pet.

The disruption may result in the rapid growth of pathogenic bacteria, causing diseases including digestive and immune system related issues, fungal overgrowth in internal organs and many severe gastrointestinal ailments like septicemia (blood poisoning) and stomach inflammation.

To increase your pet’s ability to combat such health problems and help it live a healthy and long life, many pharmaceutical suppliers provide pet probiotics to safeguard its growth and development.

Here are some note-worthy health benefits of adding probiotics to your pet’s diet-

Pet probiotics are the products containing live microorganisms that aid in increasing the population of gut-friendly bacteria that boosts the immune system in pets.

Probiotics promote healthy digestive and immune systems that increases the natural efficiency of the pets against viruses or diseases, reducing the possibility of gastrointestinal discomforts such as bloating, gas and various irritable bowel syndrome like diarrhea and constipation.

Pet probiotics also prevent the overgrowth of fungus on the pet’s skin, reducing constant itching and preventing allergic reactions.

Moreover, probiotics also aid in the production of many useful nutrients such as Vitamin K to ensure that your pet receives ample nutrients from its diet. Some probiotics also contain antioxidants that prohibit the ill effects of oxidation.

In recent years, several studies testing the probiotic diet have reported low level of organisms. Besides, cooking and extruding also negatively affect the growth of friendly bacteria. Therefore, it is suggested to add probiotics in your pet’s food instead of buying foods that contain probiotics.

Many pet probiotic suppliers provide safe and natural probiotic products i.e. they do not contain any chemicals, artificial flavors, colors or genetically modified organisms, thus eliminating the side-effects on your pet’s health. However, it is suggested to give half of the recommended dose upon first administration and evaluate the pet’s response and then increase the dosage to normal levels for the best results.