Is There a Difference Between Human & Pet Acidophilus Supplements?

by Olivia Kight Google
    If your dog could benefit from an acidophilus supplement, first consult a veterinarian to determine your dog's specific needs.

    If your dog could benefit from an acidophilus supplement, first consult a veterinarian to determine your dog's specific needs.

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    The probiotics found in acidophilus supplements can be extremely beneficial to your dog's health. Acidophilus is used frequently to help bring the digestive system back into balance and ease yeast infections. However, care should be taken when you consider giving your dog human supplements of any kind.

    Generally speaking, there is no difference between human and pet grade acidophilus supplements, though there may be a difference in pill size and probiotic concentration. However, before you administer the supplement, you should consult your dog's veterinarian to find out what dosage your dog needs, depending on his weight and size. In addition, if your dog must be on a probiotic regimen for a sustained amount of time, your vet may recommend an acidophilus supplement that is formulated specifically for dogs' digestive systems.

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    About the Author

    Olivia Kight is an experienced online and print writer and editor. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2012, and has worked on education, family life and counseling publications. She also gained valuable knowledge shadowing a zoo veterinarian and grooming and socialize show dogs, and now spends her time writing and training her spunky young labradoodle, Booker.

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