|Introduction to Probiotics
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What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that naturally occur in the intestines of all mammals,
and are imperative for good health. They can easily get depleted; for example, due to stress or antibiotics.
Probiotic supplements are a natural way to keep your pet healthy and feeling their best!
Probiotics provide many health benefits, such as:
- An abundance of healthy microflora in the gastrointestinal tract forms a natural protective barrier that prevents growth and proliferation
- A healthy gastrointestinal tract improves the absorption of essential nutrients.
- Strengthens their immune system.
- Increases energy levels.
How do probiotics benefit your pet?
A proper balance of microorganisms in your pet's gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is critical to optimal health.
When the microflora in your pet's GIT is balanced, your pet will be energetic, happy, and experience better overall health.
Pets can't tell us how they feel, and like all
animals, they hide discomfort because they believe their life depends on not being the weak member of the pack or pride.
Feed a probiotic daily and see the difference in your pet!
Is your pet left alone or otherwise stressed?
One of the most significant factors in pet health today is stress. Pets are often left alone during the day.
Plain and simple, they worry. And pets experience stress in situations that we may not even be aware of, such as
loud TV shows, loud conversations, going to the vet, the introduction or loss of
companions (human and pet), moving, riding in the car, giving birth, weaning, performing at competitions
and shows, and many other occasions.
These stresses lead to
changes in pH in the stomach and intestines, which can kill and/or prevent the growth of beneficial microorganisms.
Not only is their gut depleted of these naturally protective microorganisms,
it's the perfect situation for pathogens to establish themselves.
Pathogens can make pets sick by competing for available nutrients and starving the beneficial microorganisms, or through the
production of toxins.
Is your pet a picky eater?
Often the reason for picky eating is not because they don't like the food—it's because they have a queasy stomach.
Probiotics can be a tremendous help in this situation.
Is your pet hungry all of the time?
Many pets are comfort eaters. Pets realize that eating cures the ache of hunger. They then believe
that any discomfort can be cured by eating! Resolve the underlying discomfort and your pet will feel more like playing
and the desire to over-eat will be diminished.
Is your pet taking antibiotics?
Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria. However, a side effect is that they may also kill beneficial bacteria.
It's common for doctors to recommend probiotics when humans or pets are taking antibiotics;
probiotics can be essential in repopulating the intestinal microflora that antibiotics often destroy.
Probiotics can prevent secondary infections and may help the animal recover faster.
Antibiotics can also destroy probiotics so feed probiotics at least four hours apart from the antibiotics.
Does your pet frequently spit up or have loose stool?
The proper pH and balance of microorganisms in the GIT is imperative for overall comfort and good health. A healthy GIT
strengthens their immune system, which improves non-intestinal issues, such as itchy skin and ears, and a dry coat.
Coprophagia is more common than many people think.
Dogs sometimes eat stool because their GIT is not properly balanced. Probiotics can help!
Why is it important for probiotics to be separate from food?
During our research into how to bake the best pet foods, it became clear that we must provide probiotics separately from our food.
We'd like to share those reasons with you:
- Always refrigerate our probiotics.
You'll find the best probiotics in the refrigerated section of your supplements store; however, you won't find refrigerated pet probiotics
... except ours! Most probiotics, including the ones in our Buddy Boost Probiotic Supplement, must be kept refrigerated to
Probiotics that are combined with food are stored unrefrigerated where they
continue metabolic activity in an unsuitable environment. They proliferate and die.
Dead probiotics don't benefit your pet.
Our probiotics are kept refrigerated until they are shipped.
Probiotics that are combined with pet food have likely been unrefrigerated for many months before your pet eats them.
Refrigeration keeps probiotics dormant and viable
until they reach the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The warm GIT is the perfect environment for proliferation and colonization,
providing the maximum benefit to your pet's health and well-being!
- Baking temperatures are too high. Most probiotics can't withstand baking temperatures and they will die.
(Bacillus coagulans is heat-tolerant; that's why we add this one to our foods.)
- Shipping temperatures are too high. Most probiotics can't withstand summer shipping temperatures. In hot summer months, we supply extra protection: we ship probiotics in an insulated box with an ice pack.
- May feed separately from food. Our probiotics are typically sprinkled on their kibble; however,
some pets realize more benefits when they eat probiotics 30 minutes before meals with a little lukewarm water or 1% milk.
- May adjust the feeding amount. You can adjust the feeding amount until you find the perfect amount for your pet; adjust until
their stools are perfect and your pet is a bundle of energy. You can start with a small amount if your pet has a sensitive stomach.
Every pet has different needs, depending on their size, breed, background, and overall health.
- Lower feeding cost. By removing the probiotics from our foods, we were able to reduce the cost of our foods, and provide
much better and amazingly effective probiotics at a very low cost.
For example, if your pet is taking antibiotics, you may need to adjust their probiotics feedings.
Probiotics are extremely important when your pet is taking antibiotics, and are often recommended by veterinarians
in these situations.
Antibiotics don't discriminate between harmful and beneficial bacteria in the GIT; they destroy both.
If your pet is taking antibiotics, it's important to reestablish the colonies
of beneficial bacteria the GIT requires, and have been destroyed by the antibiotics. Probiotics to the rescue!
When your pet is taking antibiotics:
- Feed probiotics at least 4 hours before or after taking antibiotics.
Because antibiotics destroy probiotics, and probiotics may reduce the efficacy of antibiotics,
probiotics must be fed separately from antibiotics.
- Probiotics can be fed as a treat with a little lukewarm water or 1% milk.
Feed up to twice their typical amount of probiotics.
Why are our probiotics the best for your pet?
- Broad-spectrum: Different bacteria strains provide different benefits; our broad-spectrum formulas contain a wide variety of bacteria.
- Guaranteed live cultures: Our probiotics are tested to ensure they are live and at the specified amount.
- Never subjected to heat: Our probiotics are always kept refrigerated for maximum viability.
- Formulated for specific situations from daily stresses to chronic illnesses.
- Made in the USA.
You won't find a broad-spectrum probiotic supplement with our guaranteed high concentration of pure and viable probiotics anywhere else!
And certainly not with our extraordinary attention to handling and incredibly low price!
For further reading:
The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet
Probiotics and Pet Health
Beneficial effects in the use of probiotics in the diet of dogs
Probiotics shown to stimulate immune functions in young dogs
Bacteria in the gut: friends and foes and how to alter the balance
Optimization of cholesterol removal by probiotics
Probiotic research in Australia, New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific Region
Probiotics and food allergy