Probiotics and canine colitis

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    Vique M
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    My Australian shepherd has colitis and I have been giving him probiotics for children but recently decided to find a probiotic that specifically addresses the flora in dogs stomach. With this, I have been researching and found two products Dr. Dobias Gut Sence and Dr. Mercola’s probiotic. They both look like they would be good products and I believe they both contain inolin or prebiotic a as well but I was wondering if anyone has tried either and could recommend one over the other?

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    Susan
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    Hi, I live in Australia so we have different brands, my boy has IBD Colitis (food sensitivities)every time I give Patch a probiotic he feels sick, I’ve read there’s a die off period, just keep taking the probiotics but I stopped I couldn’t handle watching Patch feel sick licking & licking his mouth & eating grass, so a lady at the pet shop said give him Papaya (Paw Paw) so I mashed up 1/2 a Papaya & put the mashed papaya in ice cube & froze, I was giving Patch 1 thawed ice cube of the papaya about 10.30am after our walked he loved it, at first I thought Patch was OK but again he started his mouth licking & eating grass…
    I found a good dog probiotic had to be stored in the fridge or kept under 25 degrees so the heat doesn’t kill the live bacteria…also Tripe, tripe is excellent, Patch tried the K-9Natural Lamb Green Tripe was really good… K-9 Natural has their Raw frozen or their freeze dried Green Lamb Tripe, the smell was OK not as bad as I thought it would be…..Patch loved it but it made him feel sick….

    My vet said she went to a seminar & the lady said they tested 10 popular dog probiotics & only 3 had live cultures Purina Fortiflora was suppose to be good, she didn’t mention the probiotics that weren’t good my vet said, I said if Patch doesn’t feel sick then its no good…

    I joined a group on Face Book called “Fast Track Diet” (Official Group) run by Dr Norm Robillard he’s specializes in IBS SIBO Leaky Gut Acid Reflux etc
    & has written a book called “Fast Tract Digestion” its for humans but I’d say a dog would have similar bowel & stomach problems with certain foods, he said it’s best to take probiotics on an empty stomach when your Hydrochloric Acid is low, either first thing in the morning or night just before bed & not with food….

    I found this link what each strain of bacteria is for & what it helps Lactobacillus GG (L.rhamnosus) protects against respiratory illness, treats candida, colitis and diarhea, reduces stress and anxiety.. http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/how-to-choose-good-probiotic-supplement.html

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    Vique M
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    Hi Susan thank you for your help. Your right Probiotics should be refrigerated, in fact the one that I give him now is refrigerated but it’s for humans. I know at least products made for human consumption have to at least have meet higher standards than pet products… With this said I can’t imagine Any products made by Purina would be good… It’s really hard to find quality that you can trust for animals. My main concern is Dr. Mercola is supposed to be Very Good products for both humans and animals but no where on the label does it say it must be refrigerated and Dr. Dobias sounds like it’s a Good product but I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be stored in the refrigerator or not- to me this simple storing detail will lend the product credibility in itself- Again thank you for your help and I will share any info with you for Patch – Colitis is one of the worst things to have to watch your baby go through

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