We geek out over health and wellness topics for dogs. I’ve been wanting to research the efficacy of probiotics on dogs and if my dog should actually take probiotics.
Type in ‘dog probiotics’ into your favorite search engine. I am dizzy just looking at the pages and pages of results from companies claiming their probiotic is exactly what my dog needs to have a balanced gut.
Recently, we went nose to nose and face to face at the BlogPaws Conference with a pet brand that set the record straight about dogs, probiotics, and why pet parents should consider Probonix for Pets from Humarian. This is an honest review and I asked Dr. Shawn Benzinger, Co-Founder, CEO, for a ‘fidose of reality’ when it comes to canine probiotics. Here’s what we discovered.
What Are Probiotics?
As the name implies, probiotics are the good stuff; that is, they are the beneficial bacteria that live in the gut, or GI, system. Bacteria in probiotics help the digestive, regulatory, and immune systems of the body. So then, why does your dog need them?
The Need for Probiotics in Dogs
Think about everything your dog does, sniff, eats, and experiences in the course of a day. My dog is stressed by thunder, lightning, and fireworks. Maybe your dog is as cool as a cucumber but he has an off day, a meal that does not sit right, or he is older and/or could use some balance to his gut. Since my dog, Dexter, was diagnosed with a near-fatal immune-mediated disease (IMT) in the fall of 2017, what I learned from the folks at Humarian, who make Probonix for Pets, sent chills down my spine.
Dr. Benzinger shared with me that research indicates 70 to 90 percent (yes, huge numbers), of your immune system is found in your gut! Of course I want my dog’s immune system to be healthy, don’t you? The bacteria that makes up the gut of mammals can have a serious impact on overall health. Once I understood this, I understood why probiotics are good for me and my dog.
Before we move forward, take this quiz to see how many you can score correctly. Simply count up the number of choices you feel probiotics can help with:
- Urinary tract infections
- Immune disorders
- Abrupt changes in a dog’s diet
How many of the above do you believe could benefit from the use of probiotics?
Scroll down a bit for the answer….
If you guessed ALL of them, then you are 100 paw-cent correct! Probiotics can help with all of these and more! As a dog mom who has a dog that suffered with two bouts of pancreatitis as a result of his IMT treatment in the fall, here’s what I learned about Probonix for Pets.
Noseprint Like No Other
Did you know that like a human fingerprint, no two dog noseprints are exactly alike?! Unlike any other probiotic on the market, Humarian is the only one in the world that contains a proprietary acid mixture that allows it to pass safely through the destructive and acidic environment of your stomach and into your gut more effectively than other probiotics on the market.
Geek alert: I am geeking out in that this amazing acid carrier is available only in this product. I think about those pill and capsule probiotics or the ones that are freeze dried. I am super fussy about anything I allow my dog to ingest. I want him to actually benefit from the billions of probiotic per serving and their ability to survive the journey through stomach acid.
Humarian did testing to prove the survival rate of Probonix through stomach acid is 10 times greater than the best-selling probiotic on the market. Being thorough in research is a bonus for this science savvy dog mom. Read their report here if you like to geek out, too!
How to Use Probonix for Pets
Dogs that are considered to be medium or large in size (over 30 pounds) receive 8 drops a day while small dogs (under 30 pounds) take 6 drops a day.
You simply shake the bottle so the probiotics are evenly distributed and drop it onto your dog’s food daily. If the food is hot, simply wait until it cools a bit and then add the product.
One bottle of Probonix lasts 30 days.
I plan to start adding this to Dexter’s dinner meal. As a test, we put some on his lunch time meal and he never noticed. It is liver flavored, and most dogs I know love liver! I also learned that a quality probiotic like this can help firm up a dog’s stool. Who doesn’t love firm dog poop?!
Bottom Line and Fast Facts
- There are 10x more bacteria in your body than cells! Most of those bacteria reside in your gut, too.
- Probonix is made up of 100% natural ingredients.
- All probiotics do not need to be refrigerated.
- Humarian also makes a human version, called Probonix (*Women). I came home with a bottle of it and will be using the cherry flavored version daily for myself!
- What strains are in the pet version? I had to know, and if you want the intel on the strains, click here.
- Keep in mind that the Probonix for Dogs is for use in dogs only. If your dog’s condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian.
Shop and Save for Probonix
I loved hearing learning about this product, so I decided to become an affiliate. You can order from Humarian for probiotics for your dog and all members of the family.
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Let me know if you start using this line for yourself, your family, and/or your dog. I am looking forward to seeing how they all help keep our guts thriving to their maximum efficacy!
Have you ever tried a probiotic for your dog(s) or yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments below.