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Probiotics, What Are They? Do Our Dogs NEED Them?
By Dr Jeanette (Jeannie) Thomason

What are Probiotics you ask?
Probiotic literally means "for life," or supporting life. Our probiotic microorganisms are the essential "friendly" flora--especially, the "good" bacteria--that maintain the ecosystem in our pets (and our own) bowel, or intestinal tract. Compare this concept with antibiotic drugs, which are designed to be "against life." Because antibiotics destroy "good bugs" along with the "bad bugs" (the pathogenic bacteria), we need to add probiotics to our pet's diet. If we have resorted to conventional antibiotics to treat infection, or if the immune system has not been able to mount the necessary defenses to keep our pets healthy.

We've heard this statement often, but what does it really mean? The answer lies in the vital role that intestinal tract flora play in over all health.

Beneficial or friendly bacteria are your pet's first line of defense against the all the potentially harmful microorganisms that your pet or yourself inhale or ingest. Probiotics are another term for these beneficial, "for life" bacteria that live and work in the gastrointestinal tract every day of our lives. Think of them as a mighty bacterial army that defends the body against dangerous invaders. Having sufficient numbers of these friendly bacteria in residence can help prevent a wide range of health problems.

Probiotics (Friendly Intestinal Bacteria) have many functions however, these can be broadly classified into 4 areas:


There are two types of bacteria, which colonize our bodies, good and harmful bacteria. Good bacteria, most of which are Lactic Acid bacteria ensure good health. They normally inhabit the intestines and are critical in maintaining the correct balance of our intestinal microflora. However, to achieve this they must be present in optimal numbers, types and ratio (85% beneficial to 15% non-beneficial)...

Probiotics are live and beneficial bacteria. They maintain and restore a healthy gut. Probiotic are absolutely necessary to help:

1. Manufacture B group vitamins, biotin and folic acid.
2. Reduce blood cholesterol levels.
3. Produce natural antibiotics, which can protect against harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E.Coli and shigella.
4. Regulate and stimulate many aspects of the immune system.
5. Improve lactose intolerance.
6. Display significant anti-oxidant activity.
7. Inhibit the growth of some yeast (eg. Candida Albicans).
8. Detoxify harmful chemicals and carcinogens from the body via the intestinal system.
9. Increase energy levels.
10. Regulate and increase hormone levels.
11. Remove toxins ingested through foods (eg. Pesticides and Herbicides).
12. Absorb nutrients, antioxidants and iron from your diet.
13. Removal of toxins as waste products of digestion.
14. Reduce food intolerance (eg. Lactose and Gluten).
15. Reduce inflammation.
16. Digestion of food.

The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain reported that 90% of chronic diseases are caused from an unhealthy intestinal system primarily the colon.

There ia a connection that exists between imbalance in the gut/intestines and the following: Arthritis, Candida/Thrush, Asthma, Food Allergies, Skin issues, Irritable Bowel, Indigestion, Constipation, and of course - Low Immune System function.

If we wish our pets to maintain a healthy body, we need large quantities of friendly bacteria on a regular basis, especially if the pet has been given antibiotics, been vaccinated, been de-wormed and/or been under stress. This is easily done by supplementing the diet with raw green tripe and/or soil based probiotics (SBOs) to help bring the gut bacteria back into the proper, natural balance.

Several things can destroy the intestinal bacterial balance in a pet's gut:
Overuse of antibiotics destroys good bacteria as well as bad. Moreover, stress, poor diet, pollutants, environmental changes, and prescription drugs can also deplete beneficial bacteria.

Other killers of good bacteria include chemical lawn and/or garden fertilizers, pesticides, and soil sterilizers in agriculture which damage the soil ecosystem and the natural flow of bacteria found in the food chain. These chemicals, as well as chemicals in municipal water supplies, reduce the good bacteria in the gut. This allows harmful bacteria to multiply and produce large amounts of toxins and carcinogenic agents. These toxins inhibit the normal function of the digestive system and increase the demands placed on the liver and kidneys. Consequently, this speeds up the aging process and leads to various diseases and digestion problems.

Has your pet recently been on anitbiotics? Does your pet have digestion problems, diarrhea, skin problems, food intolerances, or other chronic health problems? Supplement with species specific probiotics to restore his/her gut, and chances are you will improve your pet's over-all health.

Pets with large amounts of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of unhealthy organisms.

Dogs by species are carnivores!  No matter what most veterinarians, processed pet food companies and so called animal nutritionists want you to think, there is NO proof that dogs have evolved from being carnivores into omnivores.  All you have to do is look at a dog's teeth and jaws and that should tell you they are not designed to eat vegetables and grains but if you want even more proof they are carnivores, read HERE.

So, that said, the majority of probiotics on the market are designed for omnivores.  Most are made from microbes growing on milk/dairy products, grains or plants.

Microbes or bacteria grown on dairy products (and/or grains and  plants) can take months, even years to build up the beneficial bacteria/flora in the gut even taken regularly.

Let's face it, milk is for infant animals

Despite what the dairy industry has deceived most of us into believing, common sense and even science now tells us that milk is not healthy dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, (and most humans) etc. to consume.   In fact, the regular eating (or drinking) of dairy products can often lead to many serious dis-eases over time.

So what on earth are we to give to our companion animals as probiotic?  What else is there?

Soil Based Organisims (SBOs)

Some thirty years ago, laboratory research scientists began investigating why animals eat dirt and grass. It was only when they examined organic soils and grasses, that they found them to be teaming with microflora and bacteria that were in turn found to be protecting and nourishing the grasses and plants. These same microflora and bacteria proved to have a profound probiotic effect in the animal’s intestinal tract.

Totally unlike today’s chemically treated soils and grasses, organic soil is teeming with soil-based organisms (SBOs) that live right around the grass roots.

Think about this: Dirt and its SBOs have always been a natural part of our animal’s flora. When wild or feral dogs, wolves, (even horses and birds) eat from the ground they are naturally getting soil based organisms on whatever they are eating on the ground. And of course they have constant access to wild grown (organic), pesticide free dirt and grass in the wild when ever they want or need it. The old farm dogs of only 80 – 100 years ago did not eat out of a dish,  they were tossed scraps of raw meat and bones from the farmer.

SBOs have been scientifically proven to quickly resolve GI disorders and are essential to maintain intestinal balance.
Read About SBO's HERE

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