Probiotic or Digestive Enzymes?

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  • #12718

    DieselJunki
    Member

    (Apparently I can’t post in the Supplements section as I’ve tried twice now and it won’t show up)

    Do you feed one or both?

    http://probiotics.mercola.com/probiotics-for-pets.html

    The probiotic I’ve been looking at.

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/digestive-enzymes-for-pet.aspx

    The digestive enzymes I’ve been looking at.

    #12761

    mlp576
    Participant

    I have been using a whole food supplement and my dogs have been doing amazing. There moods are calmer yet they seem to have more energy. The coat looks amazing and my oldest is getting up the stairs easier. http://www.friendsfurlife.rockyandbella.com I totally recommend it. I use Pedigree maintenance however surviving and thriving are 2 different things all together.

    #12776

    DieselJunki
    Member

    mlp576 are you a spammer? Because I’ve seen you’ve posted the exact same thing on like 5 different threads.

    #12875

    InkedMarie
    Member

    I’ve been using the Mercola probiotics and digestive enzymes for the last three weeks.

    #12877

    Mom2Cavs
    Member

    mlp576….it’s interesting to me that you would use this “highly touted” probiotic/whole food supplement but use Pedigree as your food…hmm. I have used lots of different brands of pre/probiotics/enzymes. Some that I like (and I feel worked for my dogs) are:
    1. Mercola Probiotics. Their enzymes not so well as they are animal enzymes, which seem to make my dogs have loose stool.
    2. Total Biotics and Total Zymes.
    3. Naturvet Probiotics and Enzymes with Prebiotics.
    4. Holistic Select Solutions.
    5. Ark Naturals Gentle Digest – pre/probiotics only. No enzymes.
    6. Fresh Digest/Optagest. My favorite product. These have worked the best for my dogs. They contain prebiotics/plant enzymes.
    7. Vetri-Science vetri-mega probiotics
    8. Geneflora
    9. Animal Essentials

    #12882

    Hound Dog Mom
    Moderator

    I feed raw green tripe and kefir for my dogs’ enzymes and probiotics. :)

    But I like Jan and Marie’s suggestions as well.

    #12884

    Mom2Cavs
    Member

    Thanks, HDM….I’m not sure I could “stomach” raw tripe LOL!…..couldn’t resist hahaha. I haven’t tried kefir yet, but I’ll look into it. It’s just very easy for me to add the powder stuff when I’m adding in Lucy’s SP Renal and the Fresh Digest is working great and a bottle lasts a long time with my dogs.

    #12919

    DieselJunki
    Member

    I have posted this in 2 sections. It didn’t post so I tried again in another place and it didn’t work either. Well come to find out it thought I was spam and when they let my posts go it of course posted in 2 different places. So if you see this topic somewhere else that’s why. Whoopsies!

    The green tripe in the can actually isn’t so bad! It does have an odor to it but it really isn’t horrible. Moose loves it, won’t eat his food without a spoonful and some warm water.

    Thanks for all the suggestions Mom2Cavs. I think I’ll try the Mercola first and if I find it is giving loose stools try a different one.

    I have not been able to locate Kefir except of course online but maybe when I go to TN they will have it there somewhere.

    #13078

    NectarMom
    Member

    I have been using Mercola Probiotics and Enzymes for about 3 weeks and all 4 of my dogs are doing fantastic on them. I even ordered from Mercola the probiotics and enzymes for us and great products. My husband loved it so much he had me order more just the other day.

    #13079

    mlp576
    Participant

    The Spark product I mentioned is an 8 in one and could possibly save you money I don’t know what you are spending. However, as long as your dogs are doing good that is all that matters :)

    #13080

    mlp576
    Participant

    No I am not a spammer, there were issues members mentioned just like ppl suggest dog food I was only suggesting a supplement. My mom and grandma use it on there dogs too and they are on a fixed income so it has been a blessing for them and there dogs. I won’t post anymore about it however I dealt with many of the issues over the years that ppl are having problems with and hate to see an owner worry let alone an animal suffer.

    #13081

    mlp576
    Participant

    Mom2Cavs Yes I use pedigree on acct until recently I was uniformed about all the digestive products etc. I just started using them and got so excited about not only being informed but doing something great for my dogs. Animal lovers? My Goodness I hope you don’t treat your pets like you do other ppl. It is not even my site and I don’t benefit from it. I am a transporter for non profit animal rescues and this product donates to them that is the reason in the beginning I started using it. Digest that and have a good life you women are pit bulls in here.

    #13082

    InkedMarie
    Member

    no, we are not pit bulls here but we do love them. I think it’s great that Pedigree does alot for animals but their food is not a good food. The ingredients are not good. If you are on a budget, we can certainly give you ideas for budget friendly dog foods with good ingredients.

    #13085

    Mom2Cavs
    Member

    I agree with Marie. Pedigree may donate food, and while that is a good thing, it doesn’t make it a good food. There are lots of budget friendly foods that have better ingredients. I feel that if you can afford the supplement you can afford a better food. mlp576, your post wasn’t clear about why you were using Pedigree and you made it sound like you were very knowledgable about dog nutrition, so I was just wondering why someone who is knowledgable would feed Pedigree and then use a supplement like the one you mentioned. I did look it up and it sounds interesting. I’m glad you’re learning. We all started somewhere.

    #13170

    DieselJunki
    Member

    mlp576 We are not pit bulls but when you post the same exact thing in 7 different topics people start to ask questions. There have been spammers here before promoting their products just like that. It raised some suspicions that’s all.

    My apologize if it was rude of me to ask.

    #13704

    BryanV21
    Participant

    Donating is a great thing, but a lot of the time it’s being done for the wrong reasons. I don’t believe Pedigree donates out of the goodness of their hearts, but they are doing it in order to get publicity so they can sell more food.

    #13746

    NectarMom
    Member

    The Westminister Dog Show promotes Pedigree. My sister raises Doxxies and feeds Pedigree. I have never fed Pedigree and never will. Doing your research on this site for one will help you recognize what ingredients are being used in some foods. If more people did extensive research on foods they are feeding their canine and feline family member then most wouldn’t suffer from the health issues they have, being some just plain cannot be helped because they are inherited.

    #13750

    Hound Dog Mom
    Moderator

    On the topic of probiotics. Was just looking through some supplements and came across this: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-probiotics-dr-stephen-langers-ultimate-15-strain-probiotic-fos-60-veg-caps . It’s a 15-strain probiotic with pre-biotics marketed for humans. I know Mercola’s probiotic is considered by many to be the gold standard – this has one more strain and is a whole lot cheaper. $0.12 per dose for a large dog versus $0.90 per dose for a large dog of the Mercola. I personally haven’t tried it out (yet, I might) but it would be worth a try for those that are more budget conscious.

    #13754

    InkedMarie
    Member

    I saved that link, HDM. I’m one of the budget conscious people.
    How do you know how much of a human probiotic to give dogs? I have two that are 30lbs each and the other is 24lbs

    #13755

    Hound Dog Mom
    Moderator

    I use a lot of Wysong’s human supplements for both myself and my dogs – they have a dosing chart on their website for using human supplements for animals and the general guidelines are: dogs >60 lbs. get the human dose, dogs 36-60 lbs. get 3/4 the human dose, dogs 10-36 lbs. get 1/2 the human dose and dogs under 10 lbs. get 1/4 the human dose. With something like a probiotic which isn’t toxic in large doses, you don’t have to stress about getting the dose exactly right either. For dogs the size of yours you could give each 1/2 capsule per day or 1 whole capsule every other day.

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