Yuliss has worked with sheltered dogs, training them to be adoptable to good homes. She has had her own dogs and now has 4 human children!
Symptoms in Dogs that Indicate Probiotics Could Help
If you have owned a dog for even as little as a few months you may have already been alerted to the terrible sound of doggy-dry-heaving, and vomiting. Or the mess of sudden, unexpected diarrhea that trails through the house. The longer you have been a dog owner, the more episodes you have likely experienced. The caring owners we are, we offer love, and reassurance and clean the mess. But are we helping protect our dog from these unfortunate symptoms? Could we be doing more proactively?
Signs and Symptoms Your Dog Could Benefit from A Probiotic Regime?
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal bloating
These signs and symptoms of more obvious, you can see the problem. As caring owners it is unsettling to watch our fuzzy buddies struggle with such discomforts. Intermittent diarrhea is very common in dogs. It can be caused by something unusual that they ate, or emotional stress or parasites, as a few examples. Nausea and vomiting can be attributed to the same the same reasons. Flatulence affects some dogs more than others and can be breed specific. As an example, some owners say Boston Terriers and Bull dogs can be pretty “gassy” while other breeds have occasional flatulence. Abdominal bloating can be secondary to other gastrointestinal issues.
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Less Obvious Signs Your Dog Could Benefit from Probiotics
- Bad breath
- Skin irritation
- Dull coat
- Senior dogs
- Recent antibiotic therapy
Always check with your veterinarian before starting a new regime for your dog. Generally, dog probiotics have been known to help reduce bad breath as they help regular gut “Ph” or acidity. As digestion actually starts in the mouth – it is a common misconception that digestion begins in the stomach -probiotics keep dental hygiene in good standing as the dog takes them orally. Once the stomach acidity is corrected through regular probiotic use, the mouth gets additional benefits of good oral hygiene and better breath.
Probiotics have also been reported to clear up irritated and itchy skin in dogs who are highly allergy or rash prone. It is believed that regulating the Ph of the digestive track helps certain immune mediators work more effectively in the body and therefore inflammation diminishes and clear up rashes, redness and other signs of skin irritation and itchiness. As an added benefit, probiotics can help add luster and shine to your dog’s skin and coat!
Senior dogs benefit from probiotics because the majority of immune mediated cells are in the digestive tract. Regulating stomach acidity and maximizing digestive health helps promote less inflammatory response and better health in senior dogs, maximizing their longevity!
Any dog who has been on recent antibiotic therapy should have probiotics to help re-balance the digestive flora and minimize common side effects of antibiotics such as nausea and diarrhea. These are not allergies to the antibiotics, but can be common side effects that occur because the antibiotics also temporarily destroy good gut flor. Antibiotics temporarily destroy the good gut bacteria the dog needs as well as destroying the bad bacteria causing the infection.
Probiotics Protect and Prevent: Use Them for Your Dog and Your Children
Of course you can not use a dog probiotic for your child, but you can give Biogaia probiotic to your baby, child or teenager and yourselves. We use Biogaia in our family. We used it when our children were infants to combat infant colic, and other mild digestive issues. We use it now for young children when they need antibiotics for ear infections, or when they pick up a stomach virus from school. Babies benefit from probiotics because they have a digestive tract that is not mature. Children benefit from probiotics to minimize otherwise uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms of cold and flus. Research has shown that probiotics decrease the severity and duration of symptoms. Even adults can use the same Biogaia as the children and get the same benefit.
Ask your primary health care provider how soon you can start your baby or child on probiotics and discuss dosing, since some brands maybe age specific. Also check with your primary care provider for you, or someone in your family has had gastro-intestinal bleeds, are considered immuno-compromised or on costeriod medication, probiotics may not be right for you. As these situations weaken your immunity and can make you susceptible to infection. Introducing live bacteria if you have risks can cause severe infection.
Probiotics Promote Health in Senior Dogs
Tips on Administering Probiotics to Children
Biogaia is a tasteless, orderless, sunflower oil based product. It bottle comes with a dropper-styled lid. You will be administering a few drops to your infant or child.
- For infants you can apply the prescribed amount of drops onto a soother, or baby bottle nipple, or your finger and let them suck the drops and swallow
- For children about age 5 years and older, you can offer the perscribed amount on a spoon
Biogaia is simple to give, and only has a mild sunflower after taste. There are no contraindications to eating before or after taking your Biogaia dose, so if you need a sip of your favourite drink or a bite of food to get it down - do it!
You Decide: Probiotics for The Whole Family
Probiotics are generally well tolerated in people and in dogs. There are no side effects, probiotics should not make you feel any different. It is a health regime for yourself and your dog where you have control. How often you give probiotics just depends on what suits you. You can start and stop again any time based on symptom management.
Simply Maintains Health
Probiotics are generally safe and easy to use, this one specifically has no after taste and no contraindications before or after meals. Anytime is a good time. Check with your primary health provider if a probiotic regime is right for you.
Probiotics should not generally be used in people with autoimmune issues, inflammatory bowel disease, sepsis or cancer. However, for generally healthy people taking short term antibiotics for localized mild to moderate infection, probiotics are beneficial to decrease unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects and yeast infections in women.
Many families are using probiotics to control infant colic in their children and improve digestion in their dogs. Here, you can learn about both infant and dog probiotics benefits to maximize the health of your family.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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