One of the most interesting trends today is probiotic health in both humans and dogs. Do probiotics work? Should they be taken with a prebiotic? Is yogurt just as effective? Pet parents understand that probiotics are important for their pets, yet are still not sure as to which brands are most beneficial.
That said, when purchasing a probiotic for your dog, it’s necessary to look for the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) quality seal. The NASC seal ensures that you’re purchasing a high-quality supplement and that the manufacturer maintains ongoing quality standards and compliance checks with the NASC labeling standards. Opting only for high-quality dog supplements means that you’re giving your furry best friend a safe and high-quality product.
Dogs of all breeds are prone to gastrointestinal disorders, most especially German Shepherds. Symptoms will include vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss, and it may take you a while to get to the cause and treatment without a veterinary consult.
Gastrointestinal tests are useful in that they can check for any vitamin deficiencies like vitamin B, which usually results from a GI issue. The trypsin-like immunoreactivity test checks your dog to see if the exocrine pancreas is functioning properly. This part of the pancreas is responsible for the production and excretion of digestive enzymes necessary for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. So here’s where the probiotics come in to play!