Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from gastrointestinal disorders from time to time. In fact, according to various studies, gastrointestinal issues are the second most common health problem in dogs, after skin diseases. The common causes of these gastrointestinal illnesses include parasites such as hookworm, giardia, and whipworm and giardia. A dog's tendency to eat anything such as table scraps, rubbish in the trash can, and drinking from the toilet are also some of the usual causes of gastrointestinal diseases.
Many trusted vets say that to resolve acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders, giving dogs probiotic supplements is a good idea. When dogs ingest these supplemental probiotics, the gut-dwelling "good bacteria" can help in assisting digestion and fend off gastrointestinal maladies in your canine friends.
There are various probiotic supplements for dogs in the market today. How can you make sure you will be choosing the best one for your pet? Below are some tips you can follow:
Read the species and strains of probiotics the product has.
A good supplement should have at least 10 stains or species of probiotics. To illustrate this, take for example Lactobacillus acidophilus – a particular form of probiotic. If you are buying a product that has this ingredient, take note that Lactobacillus is the genus, acidphilus is the species, and DDS-1 is the strain. The product you will buy should include at least 10 of the above examples. Keep in mind that the more strains the product has, the better since its diversity will ensure that the good flora in your dog's gastrointestinal tract is varied enough to protect against all of the bad strains of bacteria.
Take note of the number of Colony Forming Units or CFUs per gram.
CFUs are a scientific measurement of the viable microbes or bacteria in a probiotic. Make sure that the dog probiotic supplement you get contains at least 20 million CFUs per gram. However, a product that contains billions of CFUs is, of course, more desirable. This is to ensure that enough viable probiotics reach the gastrointestinal system of the dog.
Make sure the product meets the GMP requirements.
Don't be easily misled by any product that claims to be probiotic. Some of these products may not even contain any clinically validated strains. To make sure that you will be purchasing the best probiotic supplement for your dog, choose one that meets or exceeds the 'Good Manufacturing Products' or GMP ISO Requirements. Some products may have labels that do not contain this detail so take the time to contact the manufacturer or go online.
Check the specified storage conditions.
Finally, find out where the product has to be stored to ensure maximum survival of the probiotic. Some products may also call for specialized storage requirements that you may not be able to meet so take the time to follow this tip.
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by Kurt Anthony Reynolds