Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions about giving your canine probiotics and we have answers. This is a compilation of the most frequently asked questions about probiotics for dogs.

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What are the benefits of probiotics for dogs?

There are many benefits to giving your dog probiotics.

What is the most recommended probiotic for dogs?

Probiotics for Dogs from Tails ‘N’ Tummies because it contains the minimal amount of processed ingredients, has no gluten or lactose, and no side effects. It is perfect for dog owners who want to give their dog probiotics and care about what they feed them.

Can probiotics cause diarrhea in dogs?

Most probiotics can cause diarrhea if they contain processed ingredients, gluten, or lactose. This is typically why we recommend probiotics with nothing else but the strains of beneficial bacteria.

Can probiotics cause infections in dogs?

Although research is still ongoing for the long-term effects of probiotics in dogs; it has not been said that probiotics can cause infections in canines. The research has shown the opposite: infections can be minimized or cured entirely with probiotics.

Can dogs take probiotics for humans?

We do not recommend giving canines human probiotics. Probiotics specifically made for dogs should be used. However, there are human foods that are considered dog-safe that contain naturally occurring probiotics such as kefir and sauerkraut.

As always, you should consult your veterinarian before administering any kind of probiotic or food to your dog.

What are the best probiotics for large dogs?

See our recommendation above. If your canine is over 50 lbs., they should take a dose of 2-5 billion CFUs (colony forming units) of probiotics a day.

What is the proper dosage of probiotics for dogs with diarrhea?

If your canine has diarrhea, it is recommended to give the standard dose of probiotics. If your dog is under 50 lbs., they should normally receive 1-3 billion CFUs (colony forming units) per day; 2-5 billion CFUs per day if they are over 50 lbs. More importantly, they should be given a probiotic with minimal ingredients so it does not aggravate their diarrhea.

Are probiotics good for dog’s bad breath?

Yes, probiotics help improve the intestinal tract and balance the gut bacteria in canines which can help alleviate canine halitosis.

For optimal digestive health, is omega 3 and probiotics for dogs recommended together?

Feeding your canine omega-3 supplements can be beneficial for a variety of diseases, including but not limited to: heart, kidney, and digestive. It can also help reduce the effects of inflammation caused by too much omega-6 in your canine’s diet. Omega-3 supplements and probiotics can be used in conjunction to optimize your dog’s health.

Are probiotics safe for canines?

Yes, we believe probiotics are safe and beneficial for your dog.

Can probiotics help a dog with gastrointestinal issues?

Yes, probiotics can help improve and restore the flora in the gastrointestinal tract and can alleviate diarrhea, irritable bowels, and inflammation in the intestines.

What does probiotics help improve or alleviate in my pet?

Probiotics can help alleviate many ailments such as: gastrointestinal problems, allergies, diarrhea, bad breath, candida, etc.

Are there foods that naturally contain probiotics and can be given to my dog?

Yes there are. Foods such as kefir and yogurt contain naturally occurring probiotics and can be given to your canine in small doses.

What is the best form of probiotics (powder, spray, capsule, etc.) to give my dog?

The best form of probiotics is a dry supplement containing stable bacterial strains.

How do I know if or when my dog needs a probiotic?

Your canine should have a probiotic supplement in their diet starting as a puppy and continuing into their teenage and adult years of life.

If your dog has been on antibiotics, the probiotics will help restore the “good bacteria” that has been killed by the antibiotics and keep your dog’s gastrointestinal tract in balance.

Probiotics can also be beneficial when your pets receive vaccinations.

Other signs your canine may need probiotics include: diarrhea, dry skin, constant itching or scratching, ear infections, bad breath or foul smell, and shedding large amounts of hair.

As always, you should consult your vet before administering any supplement to your canine; especially if your they have a serious illness such as cancer.