We know canine probiotics boost the immune system and assure recovery from antibiotic side effects, but here's where they help transitioning to a dog raw food diet.
If you worry about the bacteria in raw dog food, you might be barking up the wrong tree.
Here's what you should know to make the right choice for your dog.
It is natural for dogs to eat raw meat. The ability of dogs to withstand bacteria is far greater than ours. They have a more acidic system to kill bacteria and a shorter intestinal tract to get things out faster. This means bacteria is less likely to stick around and cause a problem.
The caveat is this:
Since this is something you can't tell by looking at your dog, my best advice is to use dog probiotics for a month or two to get that digestive track humming along nicely. Plus my favorite probiotic is one you can share with your dog. A win-win situation!
Simply put, if your dog’s intestinal tract is working properly, it will absorb more nutrients from the food ingested. Good dog probiotics will have (at least) the four dominant beneficial micro organisms and something to promote the growth of those organisms.
I'll share my recommendations at the bottom of the page.
If you choose a transitioning diet like I did, you will get rid of
the kibble and canned dog food gradually by adding cooked food to it.
After that you can continue cooking or change to raw but feeding both at the same time isn't a good idea because they don't digest at the same rate. Raw digests faster because the enzymes are still intact.
In hindsight, I would have used the probiotics for a week before and then switched to a raw diet cold turkey so to speak.
When I made the switch, I was alone and fearful. What I mean is, it made perfect sense but I didn't know anyone who fed raw and my husband was extremely leery about the whole thing. I had no one to hold my hand and tell me I was doing it correctly. What a weenie right?
And even though none my five big babies had been on antibiotics I knew their immune systems were in bad shape because of the flea infestation we had. (Healthy dogs don't get fleas.)
I also bought Jarro Pet Dophilus but it was expensive and we kept mixing up the dog probiotics with ours, which annoyed me.
Open one capsule and sprinkle it on food at mealtime for the dog. Keep in mind if you feed raw, please feed twice a day. It's so healthy it metabolizes quicker and your dog may seem ravenous after the switch.
This tummy tip is for you! Whenever I get a tummy ache, I reach for my probiotics. Works for me and worked for my kids too, especially since they refused to take that unhealthy pink liquid stuff when they were little. Now I'm glad because the natural choice is always better.
I take up to 3 capsules for a tummy ache and at least one of those I open and pour directly on my tongue to get things working faster. I like it because it tastes kind of sweet.
First, you may want to read Probiotics for Dogs so you understand all of the benefits. If you feed raw or are ready to start, there are a few basic recipes which are quite healthy on my free raw recipes page.
So what canine probiotics do I recommend? Probiotics 11 hands down. It's an excellent human product that's perfect to share with the dog so it's never confused and never wasted.
Whatever probiotics you choose, KEEP THEM REFRIGERATED!