PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PRODUCT IS PART OF NATREN'S PETBIOTIC LINE AND IS NOT INTENDED FOR HUMANS.
Probiotic Gel for Dogs
Natren dog probiotics are specially formulated to support the digestive health of all show, working, and farm dogs. CanineDophilus is a Direct Fed Microbial containing live (viable) naturally occurring microorganisms.
Natren CanineDophilus contains Acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus), which is a friendly intestinal flora that promotes intestinal health, assists in the digestion of proteins, has anti-fungal activity, and plays a role in preventing candida overgrowth, yeast infections, urinary tract infections and in cancer prevention. Lactobacillus acidophilus may also benefit cholesterol levels, nutrient assimilation, detoxification, post-antibiotic treatment, constipation and diarrhea control, bad breath, gas, and intestinal disorders.
The gel carrier that enrobes the probiotics was developed by a German veterinarian and consists of vegetable oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and selenium - no preservatives and nothing artificial! The gel (not the probiotics - those need to be refrigerated) is designed to be stable in temperatures up to 140 degrees fahrenheit to protect the probiotic bacteria from the environment and from gastric juices.
This gel probiotic contains a special microorganism called Enterococcus faecium. E. faecium is monitored by a German government agency for safety, and is exclusively available in the Natren line of animal probiotics.
Natren has added their own unique Lactobacillus acidophilus NAS strain to this gel to give your dog a unique combination of the gel matrix and two beneficial bacteria. Natren uses only live bacteria super strains, chosen for their effectiveness in aiding digestion.
Most dogs love the probiotic gel and some will even lick it off your fingers.
- Remove the cap from the tip of the syringe.
- Completely fold over one tab so the plunger can slide into the applicator. Each tab equals a 2 gram serving (6 billion cfu).
- Insert the tip of the syringe into the side of the mouth and firmly depress the plunger until it moves forward the number of tabs you have folded.
- Alternatively, apply on top of food or mix into it.
- After use, replace the cap onto the tip of the syringe and store in a COOL, dry place (refrigeration is good).
Note: If your dog tends to try to spit out medications or supplements, then do not give any food or water for 15 - 20 minutes after application.
Ingredients: Vegetable oil, viable dried Enterococcus faecium NCIMB 10415 fermentation product, Vitamin E supplement, viable dried Lactobacillus acidophilus NAS fermentation product, Vitamin A supplement, and Selenium. Total 6 billion cfu per serving (3 billion cfu per gram).
Minimum guaranteed analysis per 2 g dose:
- Vitamin A - 4,000 IU
- Selenium - 0.02 mg
- Vitamin E - 40 IU
- Mixed E. faecium NCIMB 10415 and L. acidophilus NAS total 6 billion cfu
Recommendations: 2 grams once (dogs up to 30 lbs) or twice (dogs over 30 lbs) weekly (maintenance) or 2 grams once (dogs up to 30 lbs) or twice (dogs over 30 lbs) daily (enhanced care; just for one week)
Unit Count: 20ml (20g) syringe
Serving Size: 2 grams
Servings Per Day: 1
Does Not Contain: Preservatives, artificial colors or flavors.
Warnings: Do not freeze. Keep probiotic supplements refrigerated and dry to maintain potency guarantee.
As someone who's written internationally bestselling books on natural healing methods for Inflammatory Bowel Disease - and I have an entire book just on probiotics - I come to the topic of probiotic supplementation with a bit more specialized knowledge than the average dog owner.
When you look at probiotic supplementation for dogs OR humans, the two most important factors are:
1. How powerful is that species and strain of bacteria within the gut of the host, in terms of what it can accomplish (anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-yeast, etc.)?
2. How well can the probiotic survive and colonize (stick to the gut wall) the digestive system of the host?
So you need to look for a canine (dog) probiotic that has an effective delivery system - one that will keep the bacteria live and viable from the container, through the acids of the stomach. You also want to choose one without artificial ingredients, flavors, or sweeteners - which are not good for the beneficial bacteria, nor your dog.
Any manufacturer can list a bacterial count (cfu - colony forming units) on the bottle, but if they do not guarantee this amount as live, viable bacteria through to the expiry date, then you are throwing your money away. Who cares if the manufacturer put 10 billion cfu per serving into the syringe, when 9 billion are dead by the time you administer the probiotic to your dog?
The probiotic that I use with my dog is Natren's CanineDophilus - that's why we're carrying it in the Shoppe now! CanineDophilus is a Direct Fed Microbial containing live (viable) naturally occurring microorganisms.
A friend of mine in New York had a dog that just couldn't gain weight - even when she switched him to raw food. So I sent her a syringe of CanineDophilus as an experiment. After only 1 syringe (10 week supply), her dog's appetite increased to the point where he was eating normally and had gained weight for the first time in his adult life.
Whichever probiotic you choose to give your dog, just make sure the beneficial bacteria are guaranteed LIVE through to the expiration date and that the probiotic can be delivered in a way that ensures those bacteria will reach the dog's intestines (survive the gastric juices) live and ready to go to work!
Oh, and one last benefit to CanineDophilus, I've given it to three different dogs so far and every one of them loves it so much they just licked it straight off my hand!
NOTE: This probiotic is also fairly economical since you only need to give it once or twice a week.
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*These statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider before changing any medication.