Probiotics For Your Dog
Probiotics, in a nutshell, are beneficial microorganisms that are typically present in the digestive tract of healthy human beings, dogs and other animals. Giving probiotics to your dog daily can help maintain the population of “good bacteria” and is a proactive way to help support healthy digestion in your dog.
If you are considering giving your dog probiotics to help maintain their healthy digestion, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from. The last thing you want is to spend money on a supplement that your dog turns its nose up at. High-quality, safe probiotics for dogs do not have to be very expensive, Liquid Longevity is a good example. But no one wants to throw money down the drain.
Be sure to choose a probiotic that has been specially formulated for your dog and geared to survive in a low pH environment, like Liquid Longevity. Probiotics formulated for people likely won’t provide optimal results.
Probiotic Pills, Powder or Liquid
What’s the best choice for your dog? Any delivery method can be effective. The quality of the product, and the ease with which it can be administered are the most important considerations.
Make sure whichever option you choose, be sure the probiotic includes:
- A complete list of ingredients. Some powders and pills use fillers, and if your dog is sensitive to things like grains or other additives, you’ll want to check for those.
- Weight-based dosage instructions. A 15 pound dog and an 80 pound dog do not have the same dietary needs. Be sure you know the right amount of probiotic for your dog.
- Information on where the product is made. Manufacturing practices for animal feed and supplements are not uniform around the world. Some countries don’t monitor the quality of animal feed at all. We recommend finding a product that is made in the U.S.
- A clear explanation of how diverse the probiotic microbiome is, and how many total microorganisms are in each serving. We believe, the more diversity the better. Liquid Longevity includes 11 different probiotic strains.
- A guarantee of the number of colony-forming-units (CFUs) at the time of use. Some probiotics may appear to have a large number per dose. But read the fine print. Some of those guarantees are only valid for the time the product was manufactured, providing no guarantee that there are many, if any CFUs by the time the product reaches your dog.
- Reasonable claims about effectiveness. There is a lot of evidence that probiotics are very beneficial to dogs, but there is no clinical research on the topic to prove why they are effective. If a product makes unsubstantiated claims, you might want to steer clear.
Now that you know what to look for, you need to choose a delivery method for your dog’s probiotics. There is a lot of debate about what the best delivery method is.
Of course, we’ve got an opinion. Here it is. A liquid spray is the best choice. Here’s why.
Have you ever had to give your dog pills on a regular basis? Unless you’re very luck, your dogs are probably like ours. They get very creative about pretending to swallow, avoiding swallowing, and eating-around pills. Shoving a pill into a piece of cheese or covering it in peanut butter may work as a short-term medication, but probiotics should be part of your dog’s daily health regimen. Do you really want to go through the process of giving your dog a pill every single day?
Powders are typically added to food. They often have a chalky texture. Some have a fairly strong odor. Your dog may balk at eating its regular food with this new smell and taste you’ve added to it. Powders are also messy, require that you measure every dose, and may end up stuck to the side of the food bowl instead of in your dog’s digestive tract.
Liquid probiotics are very easy to use. Weight based dosage simply requires the right number of sprays. Not all liquids can claim this, but Liquid Longevity tastes good. There’s no strong odor or texture that might keep you dog from finishing its food.
Now that you know the facts, try Liquid Longevity for your dog. You’ll be glad you did.