Below you'll find my own personal probotic dog story when I bought probiotic power.. eh no... powder (I keep making that mistake, but in this case both are right ) for my Akita dog in june 2007.
A few days ago my Japanese Akita dog Kensho got ill. He refused to eat, had a dull coat (though he's in his shedding period) and appeared very lethargic. When he did not wag his tail when I entered the room (!) I knew enough and we went to see our veterinarian. My Akita dog was subjected to an extended examination and blood samples were taken.
It appears he's suffering from anemia (low red blood cell count). As we have been walking a lot in the woods lately and I've had to remove just about more than one tick, the vet suspects some kind of tick disease (and there are multiple and even deadly tick transmitted diseases).
And so it happened Kensho is now taking his third (!) antibiotics cure this year. Because antibiotics also affect the intestinal flora making my dog more prone to infections I asked the vet: “Shouldn't we give him probiotics as well?” This had not crossed his mind but he thought it was a very good idea indeed!
Antibiotics and probiotics have opposite effects, so wait with giving probiotics treatment untill after the effect of the antibiotic treatment.
Alternatively you can give your dog prebiotics as these do not interfere with antibiotics
When your dog is getting antibiotics treatment ask your vet for a probiotic for dogs (also known as Direct Fed Micro organisms or DFM's). He can supply these in a more concentrated form than can be bought in most pet shops (exceptions exist).
The dry powder can be sprinkled on top of your dog's diner, though you need to allow some time between administering antibiotics and probiotics (consult your vet for precise instructions). Alternatively you can give your dog prebiotics as these do not interfere with antibiotics.
P.S. Kensho is wagging his tail again!
These dogs are really working hard for us. Running, jumping, tail high. Chris a 10 1/2 year old Belgian Malinois is still on the job. At an age when most police dogs might be ready for retirement.
“Once we started to add Total-Zymes and Total-Biotics to our older dogs food, we immediate started to see a improvement in their over all health and power,” states Officer Mike McCarthy of the Santa Ana, California Police K-9 unit, “Normally you would see a service dog retired at 8 to 9 years but using these products has definitely extended Chris in active duty.”
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