How To Choose Probiotics For Pets
Probiotics For Pets : 3 Tips to Selecting a Probiotic Supplement For Your Pet
Probiotics For Pets : A Holistic Veterinarian’s Recommendations
Probiotics are good bacteria that can greatly affect your pet’s health. The retail industry has created thousands of products to fill this need. But how do you know if these probiotics for pets are legit? Here, I provide 3 tips to select the best probiotic supplement for your pet.
When selecting the best probiotic supplement for your pet, there are a huge number of factors to consider. Some of these are including (but not limited to):
- Strains of bacteria
- Organic status
- Independently tested
- Refrigeration requirement
- Digestive enzymes
- Synthetic vitamins & minerals
- Beneficial herbs
- Artificial Ingredients
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free
- Inclusion of PREbiotics
- Inclusion of animal or plant derivatives
To simplify that potentially overwhelming list of things to consider, I used my direct patient experience and current research to narrow those factors down to the 3 Best Tips To Selecting a Probiotic Supplement for your pet.
1. Multiple Strains of Good Bacteria
The more the merrier when It comes to friendly bacteria. Studies show that having a diverse population of microbes in your pet’s belly strengthens their immune system.
2. Includes Other Beneficial Ingredients
Your pet’s body can also benefit from additional ingredients such as plant-based digestive enzymes, prebiotics, collagens high-quality vitamins and stomach calming herbs.
3. High Number of Colony Forming Units (CFU)
A “colony forming unit” is a common measurement of strength and density of probiotic supplements. It is comparable to estimating the number of live bacteria in the product. When selecting a probiotic supplement for your pet, want this number to be relatively HIGH. Ideally, when choosing a supplement to repair a damaged digestive system, we want the CFUs to be near or over +5 Billion CFUs. For less critical situations such as a healthy pet, transitioning foods, a temporary stress situation, or if the probiotic is being used prophylactically, products containing upwards of 1 Billion CFUs can be beneficial.
Now that you have an understanding of how to select probiotics for pets, check out Dr. Candy’s top tried and true probiotic supplements to give your pet a health boost.
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The term “holistic” is a broad term that is often associated with multiple models of medicine or healing. In general, Dr. Candy Akers follows the basic belief that medicine should address the underlying cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms. This occurs by supporting your pet’s natural ability to heal and restoring the body balance. Conventional medicine often follows a different path of just treating signs or symptoms of the particular disease appearance.
Disease manifests in our pets as a result of an internal unbalance. These imbalances of normal health result from various insults or toxins encountered during modern life. Support for your pets’ body can be in various modalities such as supplements, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture.
Dr. Akers takes an integrated approach to veterinary medicine, combining both holistic medicine and traditionally trained modern Western medicine. She uses conventional medical treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms and pain during the healing process while supporting the body with more natural and less invasive alternative treatments. This combination improves your pet’s quality of life, longevity and whole health.