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Why aren't more probiotics added to the food?
Why do probiotics require refrigeration?

Why aren't more probiotics added to the food? Return to Top

We add a small amount of the probiotic Bacillus coagulans to our recipes because it can withstand baking temperatures, and pets like the flavor! However, it's best to provide the majority of probiotics separately from food for many reasons:

  • You can provide exactly the amount of probiotics your pet needs, at exactly the right time, independent of their feeding schedule. Every pet has different needs!
  • Typically, probiotics are simply sprinkled on kibble; however, your pet may benefit from eating probiotics 30 minutes before meals, along with dietary fat such as 1% milk.
  • Probiotics should never be taken within 4 hours of taking antibiotics: antibiotics indiscriminately kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria (including probiotics); probiotics reduce the efficacy of antibiotics. You can administer antibiotics with a hearty Pinto Canyon meal, then feed the probiotics 4 hours later as a treat -- the perfect schedule for providing treatment, and then replenishing the beneficial bacteria your pet needs to thrive!
  • Most probiotics can't withstand baking temperatures.
  • Most probiotics can't withstand summer shipping temperatures without the extra protection we provide.
  • Refrigeration of our probiotics is imperative: refrigeration reduces metabolic activity, prolonging their viability. At room temperature, they proliferate over-abundantly in an unsuitable environment, and then die. They must remain dormant until reaching the warmth of the intestines, which promotes metabolic activity, allowing them to thrive and proliferate, feeding on the provided prebiotics, inulin and glucose.
  • If we sprayed probiotics onto the food, as most manufacturers do, they'd be stored at room temperature with the food, would continue metabolic activity, and then die, providing no benefits.

For all of these reasons, we sell probiotics separately. Our probiotics are always refrigerated so they remain extremely viable. We take care to insulate them during summer months for the same reason. We don't think you'll find probiotics as pure and viable anywhere else!

Why do probiotics require refrigeration? Return to Top

Most probiotic supplements require refrigeration, whether in pill, capsule, or liquid form. The reason for this is the same reason we refrigerate food: to slow its maturation and prolong its viability. Microorganisms have a life cycle like anything else, growing, feeding, and dying, and like fruit, the organisms will mature rapidly in warm temperatures. Sometimes they mature and become damaged, or die, or they grow and proliferate, and that's not good either. Left at room temperature, organisms will not go “bad” per se, but they will lose their useful properties as they over abundantly proliferate or else die off. In both cases, the result is lowered potency and decreased benefit.

The need for constant refrigeration can be inconvenient and downright problematic, whereas prolonging ultimate viability during travel is not always possible. Transporting supplements, or forgetting to return them to refrigeration, can likewise result in lowered potency. They may even lose potency during the shipping process, if not handled correctly. Often, these supplements are not handled correctly and are shipped and stocked in stores right along with vitamin supplements. In this case one can bet the potency has already decreased by the time it has reached the consumer.

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