The Power of Probiotics for Dogs


Probiotics for dogs is our topic of discussion this Dog Talk Tuesday so you know what they do, best time to give them for max benefit and how to choose them. (Like knowing which are dead and useless is helpful, don't you think?)

This is Jace. One of the many dogs I have been able to help. The beauty of youth and vitality just shine in this boy.



Probiotics have been big business for awhile now, yet some have no value and some have the power to help your dog  right where it matters.


Of course I mean the gut and the immune system as well but how do they work?


Do you really know what they are? Of course you do, you just haven't really thought about it right? I'll tell you how I can say that. I know what they are. I use them all the time; I suggest them darn near every day of the year, and yet, somehow my mind went blank near the beginning of this talk. . . or did it?


 Let's get started and you can be the judge.



You know I always talk about health from the inside out and here's a good example. I swear the last year especially I have become zeroed into the microbiome. A cool word that is all about guts. Yours, mine, the dogs and every one else's too.

Think of it this way, we are made up of 4 million distinct types of bacteria. Yes bacteria outnumbers our genes and our dog's genes 10 to 1. What that really means is that it takes bacteria for more things than I can count. Off the top of my head, there is digestion which we all know about, the releasing of energy needed by the body and producing the vitamins our dog need.

And that word again, microbiome. Think of it as a world of it's own that lives within us. That lives within our dogs and is just as important as the very genes. A balanced microbiome has bacteria that work together for the greater good. In other words, dog health.

And when it isn't balanced, there are certain outlaw microorganisms that run amuck, create havoc and cause a host of problems. Usually the easiest to spot from the symptoms they cause are the fungus among us; yeast.

Yeasty ears, dog skin breakouts, redness that can literally turn the skin black after a prolonged period with hair loss and a poor miserable dog who stinks to high heavens no matter how many baths he gets.


When to Give Probiotics for Dogs
(and when not to)


I truly hope you will share your dog's human grade probiotics so you both have a better microbiome. Now allow me to reiterate a bit from the video. Depending on when you give them to your dog  they affect the body a bit differently.

  • Taken with food  helps the digestion process
  • Taken away from food they go straight to the gut and get to work to balance by strengthening the part that needs it and putting the kibosh on the ones willing to run rampant.


 When not to give Probiotics

  • Do not give when on antibiotics. Antibiotics and several other drugs kill the beneficial bacteria that is probiotics so it's pointless. Do your best to reset gut bacteria afterwards
  • With some dog health issues, probiotics will promote diarrhea, especially with things like Giardia. Whenever this happens, back off and try again once the main issue is resolved or use the specific probiotic for dogs with diarrhea that I recommend on my giardia page.

To Sum it Up

The right probiotics for dogs are an excellent choice, especially when given with a few other key supplements. This is #3 of a special series. There will be one more plus an optional for those who want to cover every possibility. To view the previous posts, see what I call Captivating Colostrum and the  The Magic of Enzymes.

Please read all the pages before you make the choices that best benefit your dog.

Can't wait? Get NSP's  Probiotics Eleven now. Nature's Sunshine has made the Forbes List of top 100 Trusted Companies in America and there's a reason - Get two bottles for a discount and so you can share with the dog.  Yes, we share supplements at my house every day.



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Please note:  To avoid frustration for both of us . . .

There are many references to NSP products throughout this website. It has taken me some years to pinpoint the correct combination of Nature's Sunshine Products along with the correct dosage for dogs. You must purchase those products through me at my NSP website in order to get those doses. If you are in Canada you must order through Sandra King's NSP website . Once we see your order come through we will contact you with assistance.

Thank you so much for your understanding.