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Acidophilus

There's been a lot of talk about our dogs getting upset tummies, diarrhea and even vomiting. With Logan's (Laurie's pup) bout hopefully nearing an end, it has me thinking about what I always recommend should anyone have to take antibiotics.

I wasn't sure if acidophilus could be given to pets, but sure enough it can! Here is one site with a bit of an explanation as to how acidoph. works:

http://www.peteducation.com/article....articleid=1333

"Acidophilus is a powdered form of a bacteria called 'lactobacillus.' It is used when the intestines have been compromised by illness, stress, or the use of medications like antibiotics. In these situations, the normal 'friendly' bacteria which help in digestion often die and are replaced by bacteria which tend to cause problems such as increased intestinal gas and diarrhea. The lactobacillus bacteria are used to help prevent overgrowth of these undesirable bacteria, and allow the 'friendly' bacteria to recover their normal numbers."

Here too: http://www.naturalhealthweb.com/arti...weissman1.html

It's too bad this last site has everything written in one HUGE paragraph. It's very difficult reading it without getting a little dizzy. lol

I've given Acidophilus to my kids when they had to take antibiotics and highly recommend it to anyone having to take a course of those meds. It can really help speed the healing and avoid yeast/bacteria trouble as well.

Has anyone here used this supplement for their Havs?




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I haven't used acidophilus specifically, but I have used a generic no-name probiotic.
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Marj, I too use acidophilus when on antibiotics to prevent yeast infections, it work great. I also eat a lot of yogurt which has live acidophilus in it and I think some people actually give there dogs a teaspoon of yogurt a day to help stop eye stains.

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The thing with yogurt, is that most of them are pasteurized which means there is no live bacteria in them. They die from the heat. There are only a few coming out recently (as well as some milks and juices) that contain live probiotics and I've heard they are helpful, so that's good. I remember looking for non-pasteurized yogurt about 10-15 yrs. ago and there was no such thing! That's when I started using the acidophilus.




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Marj, I also have that for when my kids or I are on antibiotics. I might mention it to the vet and see what she thinks about giving it to Logan. I wonder if you crushed a tablet up each day in their food, would it stop the staining?
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The thing with yogurt, is that most of them are pasteurized which means there is no live bacteria in them. They die from the heat. ...
Wow, no live bacteria? How come every single yogurt in the store says somewhere on the label "contains live bacteria" ??? Marj, you know a lot more about this than me -- any comment, or from anyone else? Is the labeling a lie? (wouldn't surprise me.)

We eat a fair amount of yogurt so I'd like to know. As a treat, our Havs love to lick out the container, the tiny amount remaining. Although it's the fruit & sweetened kind, so not quite as good of course; but I sorta thought a very small amount might be marginally good for them?

I myself also take a probiotic daily; lately 1 of 3 different kinds -- I mix them up.
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[QUOTE=JimMontana;17350]Wow, no live bacteria? How come every single yogurt in the store says somewhere on the label "contains live bacteria" ??? Marj, you know a lot more about this than me -- any comment, or from anyone else? Is the labeling a lie? (wouldn't surprise me.)


Interesting question Jim as this is what I buy for myself..

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The woman in the pet store said it's a good idea to use some plain yogurt when transitioning to a new food. Just add some to the new food and it should help alleviate an tummy upset.

Do you get the probiotics for your dog in a pet store or a health food store?


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I had the same questions. Here's a great site with more info on yogurt:

http://www.aboutyogurt.com/lacYogurt/facts.asp

Some of what is at this website:
"Q
What's the difference between yogurt with live and active cultures and heat-treated yogurt?
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A very important difference among yogurts is whether they contain live and active cultures. Although all yogurts initially contain live and active cultures, some are heated after they are made, thereby destroying the cultures. Also, some yogurts are initially formulated with a low level of cultures. Consumers can be certain they are getting yogurt with significant levels of live and active cultures by looking for the National Yogurt Association (NYA) Live & Active Cultures Yogurt seal on the package.
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Does heat-treated yogurt contain any beneficial bacteria/cultures?

There is no way to tell for sure. However, consumers can be certain they are getting the full health attributes of eating yogurt by looking for the Live & Active Cultures seal on the package, which is assurance that the refrigerated yogurt product contains at least 100 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture.

Yogurt products that do not contain live and active cultures include heat-treated yogurt, yogurt-covered pretzels, yogurt-covered candy, and some yogurt-containing spreads and salad dressings. To be sure one is getting all the attributes of live and active cultures, consumers should look for the National Yogurt Association's Live & Active Cultures seal."





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I've been buying activa for myself

it's new and claims the probiotic stuff...it was on sale so I bought it!

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