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Probiotics & Prebiotics - Powerful Support for Your Dog’s Digestive Health


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Dog Probiotics & Prebiotics

Digestive supplements for pets support healthy, efficient digestion and normal stool production. These supplements commonly contain probiotics, prebiotics, or a combination of the two.

Probiotics – millions of friendly microorganisms

Humans and animals of all ages normally have billions of beneficial bacteria and yeast living in their intestines that help digest food and discourage the growth of disease-causing bacteria. If your dog does not ingest enough of these organisms through her regular daily diet, or their proliferation becomes disrupted due to illness, medication, or stress, these “good bacteria” may decrease in number and put her at risk of digestive and immune system problems. To prevent these problems, many pet parents choose to give probiotic supplements containing cultures of bacteria such as Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus casei, or yeast such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Drs. Foster & Smith Probiotic Soft Chews for Dogs deliver a probiotic with prebiotics for supporting normal gut flora, in an easy to give chew.

Prebiotics benefit friendly intestinal microorganisms

Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients – usually soluble fibers or carbohydrates called oligosaccharides – that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria and yeast (probiotics) in your dog’s intestine. Common prebiotics include inulin, lactulose, fructooligosaccharide, and oligofructose. Prebiotics provide existing bacteria and yeast in the colon with nutrition. Prebiotics can enhance the effect of probiotics supplements containing beneficial Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus.

Our Probiotic Supplement Soft Chews for Dogs contain prebiotics fiber sources that nourish beneficial bacteria, encouraging them to survive and thrive for your dog’s best digestive health.

Probiotics & prebiotics – partners in promoting digestive health

Digestive supplements often combine probiotics and prebiotics to help ensure the best possible results. These important ingredients work together to support:

  • The normal creation of certain nutrients, such as some B vitamins
  • Production of digestive enzymes for efficient digestion
  • Proper nutrient absorption
  • A normal, protective intestinal lining
  • The healthy function of the immune system within the intestine
  • Regularity and stool quality

Our veterinarian-formulated Probiotic Supplement Soft Chews for Dogs combine 6 strains of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) with prebiotics to promote optimal digestive tract health. If your dog experiences regular digestive difficulties, or you wish to maintain her current digestive health, ask your veterinarian whether a probiotics and prebiotics supplement could help.

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