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all the time and dog food brands are adding probiotics to their foods.
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Hi,
My dog Nicky is a 8 month Cavalier King Charles Special, we got him when he was 4 month and everything was fine, we got a recommendation from our vet to change his food to a brand called Science Diet, Nicky immediately started to have diarrhea, we talked with the vet and he performed a fecal test to check if everything is ok, the test was negative, than we changed his food to royal canine, it was good for a couple of weeks but than he got giardia. We started with an antibiotics and probiotic.
From that point, we are on an endless loop, during the antibiotic treatment he is fine, a day after we’re done the diarrhea comes back (really bad). The vet checked to see if he has any worms in his poop but nothing. We are doing a special test now to check for staff in his poop that a regular test cannot find.
Any ideas what it could be? We were told that it might be a food allergies.
I know that the cavaliers are very sensitive dogs, is it a known issue? Do we need to give him a specials food?
that majority of commercial dog food brands simply do not contain enough probiotic bacteria to make any difference to your dog's health.
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It seems that both of you recommended Swanson’s brand for Probiotic and Enzymes. I’m also thinking of trying a green food of some sort. I guess I’m still a little concerned with going to human supplements since I know there are some ingredients out there that are toxic to pets and I don’t know all of them. If I add the three below supplements, these should be helpful, correct? I can finish up the Dasuquin and Nordic Naturals supplements (designed for pets) before trying the below options. What are your thoughts? Also, if they have been on Dasuquin and it seems to agree with them (no joint issues), should I just keep them on that? The only issue is cost…they are fairly expensive to give to my three dogs. Thanks again!! Find Probiotic Dog Food Brands. Search Faster, Better & Smarter at ZapMeta Now!
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Now you may ask why it would be so important to have probiotics and prebiotics in a dog food, after all none of the "leading brands" mention them anywhere, right? Think about what a dog eats, day in day out, for his whole life if he is fed commercial food. Even if it is good quality food, it is highly processed from its natural state, which destroys or depletes many of the important dietary components. are a new healthy trend in the dog and pet industry right now. The truth is, probiotics for dogs are an essential, natural supplement. While we don't fully understand why they help, the evidence is clear that they are very beneficial for dog health. It appears now that a host of brands are adding probiotics to their food and new probiotic supplements for dogs are showing up all the time at PetSmart and online. We wanted to know which dog probiotics we could trust.
(see below)Are probiotics in pet food effective? Key studies show that probiotics will improve your dog or cat’s diet and help protect pet health, however, the government study cited below reviewed 13 probiotic dog foods claiming to contain probiotics, and 6 cat food brands claiming to provide probiotics. By Jennifer Coates, DVM Changes to your dog’s diet should be made gradually. In fact, taking five to seven days to mix increasing amounts of the new brand of dog food in with decreasing amounts of the old brand reduces the chances that your dog will develop an upset stomach or refuse to eat. But what do you do when you have to switch your dog's food quickly due to a food recall or other circumstances, like a diet-related illness? To minimize the risk that your dog will have a bad reaction to the rapid diet change, there are some important steps you must take. Pick a new dog food that closely matches the previously used variety. For example, if your dog was eating a lamb and rice product that was recalled, purchase another company’s lamb and rice formulation. Read the ingredient list. If you can match up the first few ingredients, the foods will be fairly similar. Also, review the guaranteed analysis on both labels. Avoid big changes in the percentages of protein, fat, and fiber, whenever possible. Once you get the new dog food home, start by offering your dog a small meal. If he or she eats it and doesn’t develop any tummy troubles as a result, offer another small meal a few hours later. Gradually increase the size and decrease the frequency of your offerings until you are back to your normal schedule in a day or two. If your dog doesn’t dig in to the new food, pick it up and don’t offer anything (including treats) for eight hours or so. It is okay to let your pet get a little hungry, so long as you continue to offer the new food every 6–8 hours and then pick it up if it is not eaten. Continue this pattern for 48 hours. If you cannot get your dog to eat the new food within this timeframe, consult your veterinarian and try another formulation — but avoid frequent changes in flavor as this can promote finicky eating habits. If your dog has an especially sensitive stomach and you are forced into making a rapid diet change, consider switching to an easily digestible formula first and then gradually mix in small amounts of the new, long-term food a few days later. Probiotic supplements can also reduce the chance that your dog will develop diarrhea when its diet suddenly changes. If you can't find a new dog food your dog likes or, if despite all your precautions, the change in diet resulted in vomiting, diarrhea, or other signs of distress, talk to your veterinarian. He or she may be able to suggest other dog food brands – brands that are not affected by the dog food recall, or which are less likely to cause your dog a diet-related malady.