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Question, Jade is 17 weeks and we were wondering what people's thoughts are on giving her probiotics.

She eats grain free kibble and grain free canned food. She isn't having any problems but if probiotics will be beneficial then we will give it to her.

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I feel the probiotics are a good thing. It seems that quite a few of the little guys can have tummy issues and the probiotics can help with that as a preventative. Awhile back Willow went for a few days with diarrhea an the vet gave us probiotics to give her as part of the treatment. Since then, I've been giving a probiotic to her daily. The brand I'm using is Proviable DC but there are many different brands. The brand the vet gave me was Purina Fortiflora.

Of course, it might be wise to ask your vet to be sure since Jade is still a puppy.
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beneficial for just about any dog. here's a good one , stabilized no need to refrigerate. one a day and just crush and sprinkle on wet food. NOW Foods Stabilized Acidophilus Three Billion -- 180 Tablets - Vitacost
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My vet recommend probiotics for all dogs, all ages, and a second dose daily under periods of stress, whether they are ilness, shows/trialing or something else.


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My vet had also given me the Purina Fortiflora and said to use as needed after a brief indigestion episode. Then I realized that my breeder had also given us a packet of fortiflora when we brought her home for 'in case you need it." Having read that so many forum members given probiotics regularly I started putting about a quarter to half a packet in her food each day. I started to look to see if there was another brand that I could switch to but my eyes started to glaze over with all the options so decided to stay with it since it seems to work fine and trying new things can be risky! It is available at Chewy.com as well as Amazon sometimes. It seems a little more pricy than others especially if you get at vet, but I like that it is powdered and doesn't require refrigeration. Tearing the packets apart can be a little nuisance, however.

If anyone has any information on this brand, would love to hear. Reviews seem fine except for those dogs who don' t seem to benefit from it, which seems to be a theme across all brands...some people think this or that brand is a miracle, others waste of money...I am incline to stick with it.
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My vet had also given me the Purina Fortiflora and said to use as needed after a brief indigestion episode. Then I realized that my breeder had also given us a packet of fortiflora when we brought her home for 'in case you need it." Having read that so many forum members given probiotics regularly I started putting about a quarter to half a packet in her food each day. I started to look to see if there was another brand that I could switch to but my eyes started to glaze over with all the options so decided to stay with it since it seems to work fine and trying new things can be risky! It is available at Chewy.com as well as Amazon sometimes. It seems a little more pricy than others especially if you get at vet, but I like that it is powdered and doesn't require refrigeration. Tearing the packets apart can be a little nuisance, however.

If anyone has any information on this brand, would love to hear. Reviews seem fine except for those dogs who don' t seem to benefit from it, which seems to be a theme across all brands...some people think this or that brand is a miracle, others waste of money...I am incline to stick with it.
I wouldn't support Purina by buying anything from them... even if I trusted the product.

The one I use is Dogzyme Digestive Enhancer (the one with the brown lid and label... it's confusing, as there are several similar products): https://naturesfarmacy.com/probiotic...-enhancer.html

It is shelf stable and contains not only probiotics (5 billion CFU Total Microbial Count) but enzymes as well, which can be very important in some dogs. It is a palatable powder with a dose scoop in the jar. I just sprinkle it on their food. A pound jar lasts more than 6 months with my 3, and costs about $16.


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Thanks, Karen, I sort of feel that way also about anything from Purina, but one hesitation I have about the one you use is that it is apparently egg protein based. Cassie hasn't had any egg derive things so a little hesitant to try. But this is why my eyes "glazed" over in reading descriptions of various formulas etc.
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Thanks, Karen, I sort of feel that way also about anything from Purina, but one hesitation I have about the one you use is that it is apparently egg protein based. Cassie hasn't had any egg derive things so a little hesitant to try. But this is why my eyes "glazed" over in reading descriptions of various formulas etc.
Unless you know that she has a sensitivity to eggs or poultry, I wouldn't worry about it. Eggs are EXCELLENT nutrition. My dogs split a scrambled egg at least 2-3 time per week. If you ARE concerned, try feeding her a small amount of egg before you spend the money on a large container of the product. Although there is NOTHING that SOMEBODY isn't allergic to, most dogs not only tolerate egg with no problem, but enjoy it and benefit from the nutrition.


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That makes sense and I will try offering her some egg and see if any reaction. I would like to be able to switch to another probiotic but as I said, I was overwhelmed looking at reviews, contents etc! Her tummy has been doing so well recently that I am hyper cautious about any changes.
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I use the Dogzymes Probiotic Max for Molly.
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