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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Gut feeling


Have you any advice on what particular brand of probiotic might be best for our dog?


David and Jeannette Court, by email



    Yumega have brought out a couple of different ones. One a daily and one a vet strength plus.

    I tend to use my 'human' ones if necessary but thankfully I steer well clear of vets.

    If your dog has antibiotics it is a good idea to replenish their gut flora with a course of pro-biotics to build up their immune system again. Pre biotics feed the pro biotics. This can be found naturally in bananas, asparagus, garlic. (Avoid onions).

  2. Hi folks,

    we tend to feed our boys St helen's goat milk yogurt from any major supermarket. It really seems to do the trick, however if we have a real serious bout of illness we revert to Protexin Pro Kolin, which is rather expensive, but certainly works. We always have a tube in the cupboard just in case!

  3. I was about to recommend Lintbells too. Their products are fantastic and their customer service is second to none.

  4. Inka was actually one of the lucky "testers" who trialled Lintbells BioActiv, and after seeing him on about three weeks worth, and then off them I'm just about to go and buy some more!

    Definitely 4-paws-up in this house, though he has a little bio yoghurt every morning & also CSJ "Heal!" which are both helping immensely, but the poor wee man has been on a fair few prescription medications for on thing and another, so I want to give him a little extra help.

  5. As you'll see from several of the other comments on this subject, the Yumpro BioActiv range is getting quite a few recommendations. If you want to read more owner experiences, it's worth taking a look at the reviews section of our website:

    The probiotic in Yumpro BioActiv is one of the few that's actually approved for use in dogs. But it's also important to look at what pre-biotics are also included in any product you consider. Prebiotics are the elements that support your dog's natural gut flora. The reason we use 3 different prebiotics is because they all do different and important jobs for digestive health. Mannanoligosaccharides (MOS) help to block bacteria. Short chain Fructo-oligosaccharides help to feed the good bacteria in the gut. And Beta glucans help to support the immune system.

    In the veterinary strength version, Yumpro BioActiv Plus, which is designed for problems such as diarrhoea, we also include a special clay called Montmorillonite to bind things up, Threonine which helps support the protective mucosal layer in the gut, and a lignan rich fibre to support health digestion. It usually sorts things out within a couple of days.

    The other two key benefits with the YUMPRO range are that they are easy to use, and significantly better value than the traditional paste products on the market.

    If you'd like more info or advice, please feel free to email us at

    Best wishes

  6. Judith Stephens, Mrs18 April 2012 at 10:10

    I have a yoghurt maker and make my own natural yoghurt using a packet mix. My dogs love it and of course it is natural. Hope this helps