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Probiotics for Pets Buyer's Guide


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The intestinal tract is home to a mind-boggling number of bacteria. While we usually think of bacteria in context of the diseases they cause, the “good” bacteria normally found within the gut are absolutely essential for proper digestion and immune function. Without them dogs and cats could not break down or absorb nutrients from food, and disease-causing “bad” bacteria could more easily infect the gastrointestinal tract.

Diarrhea is the most common symptom of a loss of “good” intestinal bacteria. But even when a pet receives appropriate treatment for diarrhea from your vet, their intestinal tract sometimes needs a little help getting back to normal. Digestive supplements that contain living “good” bacteria called “probiotics” can do just that. Probiotics can also help treat diarrhea associated with stress, antibiotic use, or dietary changes. The table below compares some common digestive supplements for dogs, cats, and horses. Many digestive supplements also contain “prebiotics,” which are ingredients that support the growth of “good” intestinal bacteria. Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are a common type of prebiotic.

Popular Probiotic Supplements for Pets

  Proviable DC Fortiflora Vetri Mega Probiotics Vetri-Probiotic BD Probios Powder Probios Equine Gel Naturvet Enzymes & Probiotics G.I. Conditioner
  Proviable DC FortiFlora Vetri Mega Probiotic Vetri-Probiotic BD Probios Powder Probios Equine Gel NaturVet Enzymes & Probiotics G.I. Conditioner
Probiotic Strains
Enterococcus faecium Check Check   Check Check Check   Check
Enterococcus thermophilus Check   Check      

Lactobacillus acidophilus Check   Check   Check Check Check Check
Lactobacillus bulgaricus Check              
Lactobacillus casei Check   Check Check Check Check   Check
Bifidobacterium bifidum Check   Check          
Lactobacillus plantarum Check   Check   Check Check   Check
Lactobacillus brevis     Check          
Bifidobacterium longum     Check Check        
Bacillus subtilis               Check
Contains Prebiotics?
FOS Check   Check Check        
Arabinoalactan       Check        
Inulin         Check      
Other Active Ingredients
Antioxidants   Check            
Saccharomyces yeast       Check       Check
Apergillus niger               Check
Aspergillus oryzae               Check
Digestive enzymes       Check     Check  
Glucosamine       Check        
Species
Dog Check Check Check Check Check   Check  
Cat Check Check Check   Check   Check  
Horse         Check Check   Check
Livestock         Check      
Manufacturer
NaturVet             Check  
Purina Veterinary Diets and Products   Check            
Vetri-Science     Check Check       Check
Bomac Vets Plus         Check Check    
Nutramax Laboratories Check