Treatment Type: Herbal and Nutritional Supplements
Rated for: Border Terrier
Posted Sep. 15, 2018
I tried probiotic powder for my dog for general digestive health, but it seems to have had little effect on her. I'm not sure if it's worth it because:
a) Dogs have really acidic stomachs (I think a pH of about 1?)-human probiotics come in capsules to help survive the acidity of the stomach, and I have no idea if the probiotics I gave my dog survived her stomach
b) They're very expensive for a still burgeoning field of science. It seems like most probiotic supplements I was buying for my dog contained the same strains found in probiotics for humans, but I very much doubt that dogs have bio-identical gut flora to humans. There doesn't seem to be a huge amount of information backing the use of probiotics for dogs; research seems to be recycled over from human use.
c) Most probiotics need to be refrigerated. Most pet probiotics come in powder form on the shelf. Wouldn't that make most of the strains dead?
I think they're maybe worth trying if your dog has general GI issues and you've tried everything else, but they didn't help my dog.