Probiotics for Dogs: Do They Work?🤔

September 14th, 2022 at 11:30 am EST

Hello Friend,


A cheery Wednesday to you!

Most of us now know the benefits of supplementing our own, less than ideal diets.... well, the same thing applies to your dogs.

One key nutrient that has now been shown to go a long way in helping prevent, and manage many dog health conditions (ie diarrhea, allergies), is probiotics - the good bacteria that inhabit the intestinal tract.

Your dog on kibble doesn't get many of these - but they can be SO beneficial.

Our supplement, Ultimate Canine Advanced Health Formula, has a 10,000% increase in probiotic levels, including the most studied probiotic for dogs, Lactobacillus.

You should see all the ways it can help your dog here:


Probiotics for Dogs: Do They Work?


We’re just beginning to understand the benefits of probiotics for dogs.

What we do know is that probiotics for dogs can:

  • Aid digestion

  • Modulate the immune system

  • Provide intestinal benefits by producing short-chain fatty acids, which inhibit harmful bacteria

They may also:

  • Treat diarrhea, irritable bowel, and intestinal inflammation

  • Prevent urinary tract infections

  • Reduce allergic reactions by decreasing intestinal permeability and controlling inflammation

Here’s a breakdown on probiotics for dogs—from what they are and the types of probiotics to their benefits and what they can be used for.

What Are Probiotics for Dogs?

Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that live in the digestive tract.

Billions of these bacteria (and some yeast) live in the gastrointestinal system of animals. These healthy gut bacteria balance the internal environment to prevent disease and promote health.

They perform tasks like:

  • Helping to break down food

  • Making nutrients and vitamins

  • Fighting off potential pathogens

  • Strengthening immunity

Do Dogs Need Probiotics?

Probiotics are prescribed for maintaining a desirable intestinal microbial balance. A generally healthy dog should be able to maintain the balance of digestive microbes naturally.

But during times of stress, illness, or malnutrition, an imbalance can occur.

Many dogs respond well to a supplement of beneficial microbes to bring the digestive microflora back in balance.

What Are the Benefits of Probiotics for Dogs?

Studies have shown that certain species of probiotics may have specific benefits for dogs.

Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium can help to:

  • Manage yeast and support the immune system

  • Prevent anxiety

  • Reduce stress

  • Affect mood and emotions

  • Improve diarrhea and food allergies

  • Bacillus species can also support the immune response.

Can You Use Probiotics for Dog Diarrhea?

Yes, probiotics can be used to improve dog diarrhea caused by:

Stress colitis from boarding, moving, or any disruption in routine

Sudden changes to your dog’s diet, like eating a new or unusual food

A bacterial imbalance from long-term antibiotic use

Infections that cause a bacterial overgrowth may clear with probiotic use as well.

Can Puppies Take Probiotics?

Yes, puppies can take dog-specific probiotics. This will help their developing balance of intestinal bacteria to support a healthy immune system and reduce the incidence of diarrhea, constipation, and infections of the digestive tract.

Do Probiotics Have Side Effects for Dogs?

Some dogs may experience digestive discomfort, diarrhea, bloating, gas, constipation, or nausea when starting probiotics. A digestive symptom may temporarily get worse before it improves. Changes in appetite may be an early indicator of an adverse reaction.

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

P.S. I personally have taken probiotics for 30 years...I firmly believe they are one of the most important supplements/nutrients to be adding to your dog's diet.

There are so many studies now supporting their positive benefits, from immune support, gastrointestinal disorders, to stress/anxiety...

P.P.S Here is the easiest way to begin helping your dog with probiotics (and many other BENEFICIAL key ingredients!)

Dr. Jones' Ultimate Canine Advanced Health Formula

DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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