Probiotics for pets can boost your dog’s digestive health and immune system.
They can also help with mental health.
The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem that affects many areas of your dog’s body. It’s estimated that 70% of a dog’s immune system is located in their gut.
Taking probiotics can maintain healthy levels of good bacteria in your dog’s gut and prevent gastrointestinal (GI) issues, and may even boost their immune system after they’ve been sick or injured, as well as after antibiotic treatment.
Expert Tip: When starting your dog on a probiotic, you may want to start with small amounts and gradually increase the dosage over time. This can help your dog’s digestive tract adjust to the new diet and make sure that the probiotics aren’t overdosed or cause diarrhea or other GI problems.
When choosing a probiotic for your dog, look for one that’s high in live bacteria. You’ll also want to choose a product that doesn’t contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners, as these are not beneficial for dogs.
Most of the probiotics available on the market contain a mixture of different bacterial strains. Some are more effective for specific diseases than others, but all can help boost your dog’s immune and digestive systems.