Probiotics are a great wellness tool for your pets whether you use them all the time, or situationally, like when your dog is put on a round of antibiotics or has a yeast overgrowth (from experience, probiotics are exceptionally good at killing off excess yeast!). Having Crohn’s disease myself, I know how an unhealthy gut can wreak havoc on your immune system and body.
(This post is sponsored by Profivex®. As always, all opinions are my own, and I never recommend any products I don’t fully support.)
You may remember my glowing review of a product called Glandex a couple years ago – when the company reached out about their new probiotic, Profivex, I knew it was a brand I could trust. I began testing the Profivex probiotic powder right away, adding a scoop to each of the pug’s food at dinner time every night.
I was very interested in trying a probiotic for both of my pugs for different reasons. Pug is a senior and it’s important that his poops are as healthy and solid as possible because of his neurological problems. The healthier his bowels are, the fewer accidents he has in the house (or bed, or car…).
On the other hand, Pugs has sensitive skin and seems prone to allergic reactions. Itchy paws, random red patches on his belly and irritated ears.
How can probiotics help such a large range of issues? Because 70% of a dogs immune cells reside in their gut!  Finding this out, I was even more inclined to use a probiotic for 13 year old Pug, as I want his senior immune system as strong as possible!
Profivex contains five of the most beneficial strains of probiotics, with a total of five billion CFUs per scoop:
Bifidobacterium bifidum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactbacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Streptococcus thermophiles
The different strains have different benefits. There is some scientific evidence that Bifidobacterium helps the overall immune system and diarrhea symptoms, while Lactobacillus can improve nutrient absorption. 
Plus, two prebiotics including sweet potato which adds fiber and keeps those poops nice and healthy. Prebiotics help promote the growth of the good bacteria in the gut. 
Having used the Profivex probiotic powder for about 6 weeks, I can give a positive anecdotal report. Since I’ve been using it, Pug has had 70% fewer poop accidents. And while the probiotic obviously can’t help the underlying neurological issues, I feel that having the healthiest digestive tract possible certainly helps. And, scientific evidence has shown probiotics can help with stress-induced diarrhea.  Very helpful for a pug who sometimes has what I refer to as “angry poops”.
As for Pugs, after a week or two on the probiotic I noticed a definite decrease in the amount of scratching, paw licking and redness. In fact, I’ve only had to treat him with Benadryl once during the entire period, and I had been dosing him 1-3 times per week.
So, whether your dog has specific digestive issues or inflammation, or you just want to keep their immune system in tip-top shape, adding Profivex probiotic powder to their daily routine can help. Start 2018 off on a healthier note! Check out the Profivex website for more information, and the links below for more research on probiotic benefits for dogs.
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