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Bowel health is one of the top 10 reasons owners bring their pets
healthcare. Supporting gastrointestinal health is a key factor in helping to
make sure your beloved animal companion is living the best life possible. Although traditional vets have
had a condescending view of
probiotics, new studies by traditional veterinarians themselves are
supporting what holistic vets have known all along.
How do probiotics
work their magic & why do pets need them? The term probiotics originates from the Greek word meaning "for life.” When ingested, living microorganisms replenish the microflora in your pet’s intestinal tract
which enhances digestive functioning. Probiotics are needed due to stress.
Daily stressors, both emotional and physiological, can affect the GI tract. As the largest immune barrier in the body, the gastrointestinal track bears the brunt of these stresses.
Everything from eating sticks and grass, to dietary changes experienced when being boarded or even just you being gone for the day can rock the delicate balance of good bacteria,
so opening the door to less-than-optimal health. Add to that, poor diet choices of highly processed pet foods, as well as a stressor-filled environment, and you can quickly understand why protecting your pet’s immune system, healthy digestion, and overall good health is so important.
PLEASE do listen to Dr. Becker below. She's a fast talker, but boy
does she pack a punch.
Why do we need a pet formulation for probiotics?
According to Dr. Becker, you are certainly not harming your pet by using
human probiotics, but dogs are scavengers. They lick their butts and eat
poop. Gross but true. Their "normal flora" contains strains such as E. Faecium (the poop strain) which human probiotic products do not
Pets also do not continue to nurse (and not from another species,
as most adult humans do by consuming dairy), so dairy related strains are
unnecessary for them. Pet-specific probiotics are geared for the flora found
in their GI tracts, not ours.
How do I decide what pet probiotic product is best? Trust us, all pet probiotics are NOT created equal. We found ourselves
in the same predicament but were happy to see Dr. Becker respond to this
you’re looking for how many (strands) and how much (bacteria per gram), as
a product that is produced in a GMP compliant facility.
Check out Dr.
Becker's answers below to the common questions raised:
How many strains of beneficial bacteria
are truly needed by my pet?
Probiotics, which are seen as “beneficial” or “good” bacteria,
exist in many different kinds, or strains. Each works to create a healthy balance in your pet’s gastrointestinal system. Individual strands are helpful for maintaining overall health as well as
specifically responding to the variety of daily stressors encountered.
Research shows that 10 or more strains are recommended,
as the greater number of strains you have, the better your pet's GI
system is able to respond to a variety of potential stressors.
How many beneficial bacteria per serving
are best for my pet's needs?
Probiotic potency is critical so
knowing how many beneficial bacteria per serving it has will potentially tell you how effective it can be. Let’s take a quick look at a human example to make the point: As you know, a multivitamin can contain numerous vitamins and minerals, right? But if any of these ingredients are not included in at least the daily recommended allotment, their value may be limited. So you can see that, even if your probiotic contains numerous strands of beneficial bacteria,
you need to make sure it also contains a sufficient number of bacteria per serving.
Many products today contain between 1 and 3 million beneficial bacteria per serving. This is okay. Any amount of probiotics can be helpful. However, in my opinion, if you really want to make sure you’re promoting optimal health and wellbeing, you can do far better. Ideally, I believe
you’ll want to find a probiotic formulas with 20, 30, 40 million or more beneficial bacteria per serving.
Are the viability, potency and
purity of a probiotic important? And if so, how do I determine
these within products?
Research shows many probiotics do not live up
their labels. In 20+ types of probiotics tested in one study,
researchers found instances of products that:
► Didn’t contain at least 10
strains of bacteria
► Were contaminated with such
things as mold
► Had misspellings of the bacteria
► Misidentified the bacteria
included with outdated names and/or “nonexistent” strands
► Had no live bacteria organisms –
which are needed to be considered a probiotic at all –
and/or did not include the number of live
bacteria expected to be contained based on expiration
So, how do you assess a probiotic product's viability, potency
& purity? In my opinion, the best way is to find a probiotic that
is manufactured in a facility that has received the International
certification for meeting or exceeding GMP Requirements (GMP
Requirements in NSF/ANSI Standard 173, Section 8 for Dietary
Supplements). GMP, or Good Manufacturing Practice, regulations require
that a manufacturer take proactive steps to help ensure their product is
safe, potent, and pure, and that their manufacturing process is
technologically adequate to avoid contaminations or errors. Having a GMP
certification from an independent testing organization like NSF
International helps ensure that a product is sufficiently potent to be
effective and safe.
But, how can you determine if a probiotic has a GMP certification?
Such information is not usually found on a label, so further research
will be needed to be sure that your selected probiotic has received this
Complete Probiotics for Pets, a Powerhouse
that Packs 58 Billion Good Bacteria into EVERY Serving With Dr. Becker's Complete Probiotics for Pets, your pet receives a minimum of 58 billion “good” bacteria in every serving
(when used by the expiration date). Incredible since
the competition’s offerings are only in the millions. Complete Probiotics for Pets
. . .
► Brings together 10 of the most powerful strains of beneficial bacteria
► Provides over 58 billion bacteria in every serving
► Has earned the GMP Compliance Certification from NSF International
► Contains a unique blend of the most
pet-appropriate GI related strains ► Has the following strains
in each and every serving:
Bifidobacterium lactis: a friendly bacteria
often found in yogurt that is known to help stimulate immune
Bifidobacterium animalis: a unique bacteria
that promotes optimal health and protection within the digestive
Lactobacillus acidophilus: guards the health of
entire digestive tract
Bifidobacterium longum: keeps
digestive system running smoothly, and helps enhance immune
Bifidobacterium bifidum: helps promote
healthy balance of flora in the intestine &
helpful for enhancing immune response
Lactobacillus casei: works with other helpful
organisms, and helps to encourage the growth of other "good"
Lactobacillus plantarum: helps to ensure that
the nutrients in vitamins and supplements are getting to the
Lactobacillus rhamnosus: assists in
elimination and occasional intestinal discomfort by working to
stabilize intestinal microflora
Lactobacillus bulgarious: works with other
Lactobacillus strains to provide a potential source of
Bacillus coagulans: helps enhance
intestinal health and provides back-up for sporadic intestinal
Can Any Other Probiotic Nourish and Support
Good Bacteria like This? Probiotic bacteria found in today’s products vary significantly in composition, biological activity, and portion. Plus, how a product is manufactured can make a huge impact on its potency and therefore effectiveness.
Here's a handy chart to compare Complete Probiotics for
Pets to the other products out there.
Benefits You Want
Dr. Becker's COMPLETE PROBIOTICS for PETS
Contains multiple strains of good bacteria?
YES – Many probiotics contain one or two strains that, on their own, may not be able to do enough. Other products also have competing strains that fight for the same resources, so you may not see the full benefit of the probiotics.
Many probiotics contain one or two strains that,
on their own, may not be able to do enough. Other products also have
competing strains that fight for the same resources, so you may not
see the full benefit of the probiotics.
Delivers a potent formula?
YES –Some probiotic formulas may contain only a few billion beneficial bacteria.
Some probiotic formulas may contain only a few
billion beneficial bacteria.
Manufactured to deliver live, viable organisms?
YES –Many "bargain" products are manufactured without consideration of exposing delicate organisms to heat, air or moisture -- factors that can damage or destroy them.
Many "bargain" products are manufactured without
consideration of exposing delicate organisms to heat, air or
moisture -- factors that can damage or destroy them.
Many products do not receive this certification, so you can never be sure if your pet is really getting what you think. At best, you’re just wasting money on an ineffective product. At worst, potential harm can result.
Many products do not receive this certification,
so you can never be sure if your pet is really getting what you
think. At best, you’re just wasting money on an ineffective product.
At worst, potential harm can result.
Beneficial bacteria reach the small intestine?
Not all supplements include live organisms, or clearly explain the way to take them for best results. Some acidophilus-based products actually may not survive your pet’s stomach acidity.
Not all supplements include live organisms, or
clearly explain the way to take them for best results. Some
acidophilus-based products actually may not survive your pet’s
Easy to store?
Many require refrigeration, making them impractical or inconvenient to store where you feed your pets.
Many require refrigeration, making them
impractical or inconvenient to store where you feed your pets.
Meets the criteria for a beneficial probiotic?
Survives stomach acid?
Has health-promoting features?
Promotion of probiotic preservation through manufacturing and delivery process?
Many probiotics aren't as beneficial in that they don't deliver on all of the criteria. Whether it's the strains they contain, the way they are manufactured, or the fact that some just don't survive the rigors of your pet’s stomach acid, it's important for you to be aware -- so you know your pet is getting the "true" value of probiotic supplementation.
Many probiotics aren't as beneficial in that they
don't deliver on all of the criteria. Whether it's the strains they
contain, the way they are manufactured, or the fact that some just
don't survive the rigors of your pet’s stomach acid, it's important
for you to be aware -- so you know your pet is getting the "true"
value of probiotic supplementation.
10 More Reasons Why Complete Probiotics for Pets
is the #1 Pick for YOU!
Maintains ideal "good" to "other" bacteria ratio by promoting optimal environment for growth of good bacteria
Supports your pet’s production of B vitamins, especially folic acid
& biotin, and vitamin K
Promotes mineral absorption
Supports protein and carbohydrate digestion via probiotic enzymes
Aids metabolism and the removal of toxins
Helps your pet maintain appropriate bowel transit time
Supports your pet’s immune system function by helping them remove toxins
Produces lactic acid for support of digestive processes and colon pH balance
Supports normal immune response
Helps promote oral health
You Deserve Only the Best… You Have
Dr. Karen Becker's Promise
Dr. Becker sought to create a probiotic that met her highest expectations, as well as exceeded all others on the market today, in
her opinion. Working with leaders in the industry, she has created a product that has a special blend of 10 beneficial bacteria strains with over 58 billion active units per serving when used by the expiration date printed on the package, and is certified as GMP Compliant by NSF International for NSF/ANSI Standard 173, Section 8 for Dietary Supplements.
Karen Becker DVM NMD, one of Chicago's Top Ten Vets, according to
Chicago Magazine, graduated from the Iowa State School of Veterinary
Medicine in 1997, opened the Natural Pet Animal Hospital in 1999, and
became a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor in 2003.
She is a member
of the following organizations: American Veterinary Medical Association,
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Association of
Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians,
Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, International Veterinary
Acupuncture Society, American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists,
Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and National Wildlife Rehabilitators
Association. She is a frequent lecturer on wildlife rehabilitation and
holistic pet care.
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Bowel health is one of the top 10 reasons
owners bring their pets for healthcare. Supporting your pet’s
gastrointestinal health is a key factor in helping to make sure your pet
is living the best life possible.
The remarkable Complete Probiotics for Pets:
Brings together 10 of the most powerful strains of
beneficial bacteria that are most effective for promoting optimal
gastrointestinal health in your cats and dogs
Provides over 58 billion bacteria in every serving when used by
the expiration date printed on the package
Supports your pet’s immune system function by helping them
Supports your pet’s production of B vitamins, especially folic
acid and biotin, and vitamin K