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Probiotics For Dogs : What Are CFUs : How Many Strains Of Probiotics Are Ideal For Pets

Understanding Probiotic Strains and CFUs


What is the real scoop, what is a CFU?

 CFUs or Colony Forming Units - A unit of measurement used in microbiology that indicates the number of live microorganisms present.

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Probiotics for dogs Think of them like seeds that you are going to use to plant a garden. It is also a measure of how many bacteria or yeast (there are some yeasts that are considered probiotic) are able to divide and form colonies. It might be easier, to think of colony forming units as being a single bacterium. If the probiotic bacteria are capable of dividing and forming colonies then that is proof that they are alive and healthy.

What are the Benefits of Multi-Strain Probiotics:

probiotics for dogs Each strain has its own special job and the tools to offer different benefits in the gut.

probiotics for dogsThe higher the number of different species, the more varied and balanced colonization you will get thus a wider array of benefits.

probiotics for dogs Probiotics do not crowd each other out, as they all have their own pH range they like and implant in that area only.

probiotics for dogsSo what you get is a more balanced probiotic that supports your pet's immune system better.

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Average serving now has 2 Billion CFU's.

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It is also best to look for a pet probiotic that is high in CFU's and as many different live stable probiotic species as possible, not just two to six strains.

Good quality products should be manufactured to deliver live, viable organisms. The product you choose should be made with more CFUs at time of manufacturing than what is claimed on label. In other words it should guarantee potency at the expiration date and not at time of manufacture.

Many "bargain" products are manufactured without consideration of exposing delicate organisms to heat, air or moisture, factors that can damage or destroy them.

Here is a very important point.

The guarantee made on Total-Biotics® and Total-Zymes® PLUS™ formulas is the number of live probiotics we say is in our formulas.

Some manufacturers do not put enough different strains of probiotics or high enough CFU's to be effective in their formula.

You should give your pet at least 1 Billion CFU's per cup of food consumed just for normal health maintenance. For pets with special issues, more may be necessary for a time.

Each pet has a different diet and consumes different amounts of food, so going by the weight of the pet just does not make sense.

You must ensure that enough probiotics are matched up to the amount of food consumed. Experts agree that 1 billion CFUs per cup of food consumed is the ideal ratio.



Healthy intestines should be filled with “good guy” bacteria.

These “good guys” can be likened to superheroes: They fight crime (like gas, bloating, and diarrhea, constipation), and they keep the bad guys (harmful bacteria like E.Coli and salmonella) under control! But without the good guys to take care of the intestines and keep them clean and safe, the bad bacteria can flourish and cause a number of health problems.

Many cheap probiotics are unstable and lose their beneficial properties in the stomach before the probiotics can reach the intestine. The intestine is where the probiotics need to implant in order to seed the intestinal tract with healthy flora.

There are more than 400 probiotics strains naturally occurring in both dogs and people. What determines how many different strains should be in a formula? This depends on how many strains can be added that are stabilized, the more the merrier.

Since each strain has its own special job the more different species in a product makes for better colonization. They do not crowd each other out as they all have their own pH they like to live in and implant in that area only.

If you can imagine over 400 different species all coexisting together in nature you can see it's not an issue supplementing with 14 different live stabilized strains.

So companies claiming that supplementing with anything over 6 different species is not accurate, they just do not know their science, nor do they understand how nature works.

NWC Naturals® pet products are formulated by the top probiotics specialists in the world with over 50 years of research behind them.

We know Our Science.

NWC Naturals® pet products uses only probiotics that were researched by Dr. Khem Shahani.

Total-Biotics® uses Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS-1 originally discovered and researched by Dr. Khem Shahani. Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS-1 is the most researched probiotic in the world. Total-Biotics®also is formulated with 10 other live, viable probiotics from Nebraska Cultures using a patented stabilization method and then blended into our pet formula.

Total-Biotics® was formulated by John R. Taylor a naturopath with the help of Dr. Khem Shahani, utilizing his knowledge and expertise. In fact the dog on the label is John's own dog, her name is Paddy.

Which Probiotic formula is best?

List of Probiotics Here is a list of probiotics used in New! Total-Biotics® for dogs.

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Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS-1 This DDS-1 strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus is a unique, highly-stable probiotic microorganism, which, when produced according to Dr. Shahani’s proprietary methods, has been shown through research to be one of the strongest and most beneficial probiotics.
Bifidobacterium bifidum Is a normal inhabitant of the intestines. Found in large numbers, the numbers of bifidobacteria decrease with age. B. bifidum helps detoxify the intestines and promote regular bowel movements.
Bacillus coagulans Bacillus coagulans has been added by the EFSA to their Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) list] and has been approved for veterinary purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, as well as by the European Union and is listed by AAFCO for use as a direct fed microbial in livestock production. It is often used in veterinary applications, especially as a probiotic in pigs, cattle, poultry, dog and cats.
Bifidobacterium breve Different species and/or strains of bifidobacteria may exert a range of beneficial health effects, including the regulation of intestinal microbial homeostasis, the inhibition of pathogens and harmful bacteria that can colonize and infect the gut mucosa Bifidobacterium breve is helping to modulate the local and systemic immune responses.
B. lactis (B. animalis ) B. lactis is a Gram-positive anaerobic rod-shaped bacterium, which can be found in the large intestines of most mammals, including humans. Bifidobacterium animalis and Bifidobacterium lactis were previously described as two distinct species. Presently, both are considered B. animalis with the subspecies Bifidobacterium animalis subspecies animalis and Bifidobacterium animalis subspecies lactis. Both names B. animalis and B. lactis are still used on product labels, as this species is frequently used as a probiotic in pet products.
B. longum Aids in the cleansing and health of the colon and liver.
L. brevis Lactobacillus brevis is a species of lactic acid bacteria, all of which are Gram-positive, non spore forming organisms whose main metabolic pathway involves fermenting hexose sugars to produce lactic acid. L. brevis can be isolated from the food sources in inhabits, one example being kimchi. This bacteria is probiotic, and improves the immune system.
L. casei Is reported to be one of the most potent defenders from Listeria bacteria. It is also known for its ability to induce an immune response that is helpful in supporting a healthy urinary tract
L. plantarum Can be found in naturally fermented foods. It is found in the large intestine where it helps to break down protein into usable nutrients, thus normalizing inflammation.
L. rhamnosus Is one of the more highly studied probiotic strains, primarily used in support of normal gastrointestinal health. It also aids the body in balancing the normal flora ecology and supports a healthy urinary tract.
Lactococcus lactis Has been shown through research to produce a high amount of lactic acid, which is able to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, thusly reducing the associated inflammation and risk of peptic ulcers. Is also beneficial to supplement the diet in maintaining normal intestinal flora.
L. salivarius Has been shown through research to produce a high amount of lactic acid, which can inhibit the growth of H. pylori bacteria.
Streptococcus thermophilus Is known for repairing free radical damage from aging, stress, antibiotics, chlorinated water and other chemicals. It also contains an antioxidant that helps normalize inflammation and protect against the toxins.
L. Bulgaricus Lactobacillus bulgaricus is one of several bacteria used for the production of yogurt. It is also found in other naturally fermented products.

Choose the company that has years of experience with your pets health in mind.

Choose the top Probiotic for your Pets Total-Biotics®, Backed by the experts.

Total-Biotics® is THE ONLY pet probiotic formula in the world that uses a patented stabilized glutamine.

This stabilized Glutamine re-writes the book on utilizing anabolic nitrogen molecules to help cleanse and fortify the body, actually healing the gut.

The addition the chelated glutamine in Total-Biotics ®, greatly improves the stability and colonization characteristics of beneficial bacteria in the pet's intestinal tract and is an essential nutrient that is required by the intestinal cells to regrow the villi.

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It can actually help repair a damaged intestinal tract. NWC Naturals® Total-Biotics ® is the only formula that use this patented stabilized glutamine.

That is why pet owners see a better result with Total-Biotics ® than any other product.

Total-Biotics ® With patented ingredients: Now with 14 live broad spectrum probiotics with an average serving now has 2 Billion CFU's. (2 scoops) for maximum protection

You can help maintain the proper balance of bacterial flora in your pets gut and thus, they can enjoy better health and vitality.

Six great tips to look for in a good probiotic supplement:

1. Does it contains multiple strains of good bacteria at least 14 or more?  Many probiotics contain one to six strains only, that may not be able to do enough. Contain the best live probiotics from Nebraska Cultures. 

2. Delivers a potent formula? Does it have an enzyme mineral delivery system. Live Enzyme Activated Delivery System®. L.E.A.D.S.® insures complete digestion and assimilation of all your pets food at a cellular level. 

3. Beneficial bacteria reach the small intestine? Stable 5 different ways. 

4. Manufactured to deliver live, viable organisms? Should have more at manufacturing than what is claimed on label. Many "bargain" products are manufactured without consideration of exposing delicate organisms to heat, air or moisture, factors that can damage or destroy them.

5. Easy to store? Must be able to store at room temperature by your pets food. 

6. GMP certified? Must be made at a factory that is GMP certified and human quality products. Many products do not receive this certification. You can never be sure if your pet is really getting what you think. At best, you're just wasting money on an ineffective product. At worst, potential harm can result. 

We can happily say yes! to all of the above about Total-Biotics® probiotics for dogs and cats see how it compares to the rest. I know you won't want to settle for anything less.

Our pets mean everything to us and they depend on us to keep them healthy!

Any information provided is not veterinary advice and should not be substituted for a regular consultation with a veterinary professional. If you have any concerns about your pet's health, contact your veterinarian's office.

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