Dogs need supplements as much as humans. In fact, if your main food is commercial pet food, dogs need supplements even more!
There are basic supplements that dogs require as they age, such as digestive enzymes, and others that they need throughout their lives, such as omega 3/6 oils, minerals, and probiotics. Why dog probiotics?
Your dog can look and act healthy, but ...
Taming a dog is behavior, but taming the dog's diet has led to a growing health crisis. For a dog to be truly healthy, it must be fed a diet similar to that of its wild ancestors, which hunt and kill fresh animals. They supplement their diet by eating grass and dirt! More of this in a minute.
Chances are, you get a raw diet consisting of free-range chicken and grass-fed meat that doesn't contain hormones or antibiotics. To this basic diet, add supplements that replace grass and dirt. If you do that, your dogs will be healthier, happier and live longer!
Perhaps the most powerful medical appointments of all time are completely ignored by American doctors and veterinarians.
"90% of all chronic diseases are caused by an unhealthy digestive system" The Royal Society of Medicine, Great Britain
Probiotic supplements and intestinal balance
Dannons' successful ad campaign in the 1970s suggested that the Hunza lived more than 100 because they ate yogurt, a probiotic! It doesn't matter that the air they breathed or the land that grew their fruits and vegetables and raised their meat was not polluting, or that the yogurt the Hunza ate had little in common with Dannon or any other commercial yogurt. However, there is fierce competition for your dairy-based probiotic dollar today. Buyer be careful!
In short, commercial-grade probiotics, like yogurt or acidophilus supplements, come from non-grass-fed cattle, do not live in open pastures where they would exercise, breathe fresh air, and get vitamin D from sunlight. Instead, they live indoors, in toxic environments: they are injected with growth hormones and antibiotics. If there was ever any nutritional value in this milk, it was destroyed when pasteurized and homogenized. People and pets with dairy allergies actually suffer from the care, feeding and processing effects of commercial dairy cows. People who switched to organic milk find that they are no longer allergic!
Solving GI-related problems that haven't progressed to chronic is often as simple as giving them a daily probiotic! Why? Digestion and elimination are time sensitive. Too short or too long, eventually leads to a health crisis.
The more processed the food is, the more difficult it is for the digestive system to break it down. This greatly affects colonies of good (probiotic) bacteria as they strive to find and assimilate the small amount of nutritional value.
Good bacteria not only help in the assimilation of nutrients, but also provide the balance against bad bacteria. This balance is quickly disturbed when your dog eats contaminated food or a bacteria-laden bite. Heat and the slightest humidity (moisture) can quickly contaminate an open bag of dry dog food.
If you pay attention to your dog, you can see the first warning signs, which can include loss of energy, bad gas, bad breath, itchy skin, constipation, episodes of diarrhea or vomiting and loss of appetite. These resolve quickly with just one dose of probiotic supplements and are avoided with daily use. Prevention saves you money in the long run. https://www.amazon.com/LEGITPET-Probiotics-Digestive-Prebiotics-Coprophagia/dp/B084HF8G3D