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Old 01-21-2015, 02:20 PM   #1
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Any advice on which probiotic to use. Thinking of going with Complete Probiotics for Dogs by Mercola. Kind of pricey and but sounds reputable. Don't mind paying the price if it does what it says it does!

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Old 01-22-2015, 07:00 AM   #2
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I......'m not sure that dogs actually need that stuff. :/ If your dog is healthy and well fed he should have his own bacteria all balanced. Nature knows how to do this stuff better than we do. It's pricey because it's a scam.

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I agree with trimini. Unless your dog has been on antibiotics for awhile then a table spoon of plain unsugared yogurt can help the diarrhea.
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I probably should have let you know why I'm looking into a probiotic. Buddy has allergies. Seems like the older he gets the worse it gets. His little paws get red and inflamed. Constant licking. His paws look and are terribly painful. I've had him checked out buy the vet and they said allergies. I'm pretty sure its not food, of course I would need to do testing to know for sure and will if needed. I do have him on wellness core grain free now. I think its mainly environmental. He really flares up after his walk especially if includes a lot of grass. I give him a foot wash after every walk using baking soda or iodine. Aloe seems to help best when they are really bad. I give him benadryl almost daily. He's doing better with that but would like to get him healthy. I've read a lot about how probiotics help because it helps boost the immune system. Really encouraging reviews on how it helped with allergies and skin issues. So I know Im going to give it a try but have also read that some brands are not so good. Just wondering if anyone here has used probiotics and what brand they liked. Would love to hear if it helped with any condition they are using it for.
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Oh! That makes a lot more sense. Sorry about his paws. You should ask your vet what he would recommend.

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You might want to ask your vet about "Proviable-DC" by Nutramax.
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The vet had scraped his paws to make sure we didn't have any mites or something that might be causing it. He did have a minor infection at that time and he had to go on a mild prednisone and some wipes for cleaning, anti fungal and antimicrobial. That was to get infection cleared up. She said she thought it was also environmental. To test for allergies in food is quite expensive so I'm trying to try out treatments at home.
She had given my other dog a probiotic for occasional upset tummy. It's by Purina. I don't like Purina anymore because Ive heard dogs getting sick on their food.
JGLI...I looked up the proviable -DC. I didn't really feel like it addresses what I need it to address. In the reviews I didn't have anyone mention about how it helped their dog with allergies. I bet its a good product but maybe not enough strains of bacteria. I will ask the vet about it.

I think I'm going to go ahead with the complete probiotic for dogs from Mercola. I'll let you know if it works!
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You still might try unflavored plain Yogurt! Rascal is having the same thing right now. She is on a short course of steroids and we have some eye ointment for her eyes. I get allergies to in the spring. I am getting my neti pot out soon. I wash my face off when I get back inside and change clothes. Maybe you should wipe him down good when he comes back inside.
Not very practical when they have to go outside to potty.
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I know. Keep him off the grass? impossible. I do the foot soak after the walk and then he goes outside to do his business.
I also started giving him coconut oil.
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