Facts About Probiotics

Probiotics, sometimes called “friendly bacteria,” are beneficial microorganisms that naturally inhabit the digestive system.

Probiotic bacteria in our bodies and our pets are essential to maintaining good health, as proven by many years of scientific research! Normally we all have an abundance of friendly bacteria, but certain circumstances can lead to a depletion of these essential microorganisms.


What are the Benefits of Multi-Strain Probiotics:

Each strain has its own special job and the tools to offer different benefits in the gut. The higher the number of different species, the more varied and balanced colonization you will get thus a wider array of benefits. Probiotics do not crowd each other out, as they all have their own pH range they like and implant in that area only.

So what you get is a more balanced probiotic that supports your pet’s immune system better. both active and inactive forms in cells.


Information by Khem H Shahani, PH. D And Arthur C. Guyton, M.D. Textbook of Medical Physiology.

Probiotic- supportive of life. To be effective, the probiotic must increase in the host, while decreasing the number and the effect of the bad bacteria producing organism.

Pet health depends on the presence of some bacteria in the digestive tract. A Large breed pet weighing 65-70 pounds needs up to 1.5pounds of beneficial bacteria in its gut to support the immune system. It is of essence to pet health that a probiotic internal environment be established.

The correction of an internal bacterial imbalance is referred to as a “probiotic healing”.


Healthy function:

Healthful bacteria that coats and protects the intestinal wall, along with other factors obtained from food or from natural intestinal secretions, inhibit unhealthful bacteria and contribute to maintaining bacterial balance and optimal intestinal health.

Unhealthy Function:

With healthful bacteria and other protective factors missing, unhealthful bacteria may upset the microbiome damaging the intestinal wall, producing poor intestinal health.

Unfortunately pets have an imbalance in the intestinal tract due to owners giving them table food or a diet of cheap pet foods deficient in nutrition. Bad treats with sugars and high in fats.

This type of diet could potentially tip the intestinal balance or microbiome toward overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria. It is also associated with less frequent bowel movements or diarrhea.

Even as little as one course of antibiotics can deteriorate that rich, protective coating of microorganisms’ and up the balance between healthful and unhealthful bacteria, reducing resistance to intestinal and systemic poor health.


Helpful Suggestion for Achieving Optimal Intestinal Health:

Avoid the use of cheep pet foods and broad spectrum antibiotics as much as possible. Give pets the best food you can buy. Clean pure water. Supplement the diet with, probiotics to support a balanced and healthy population of intestinal bacteria.



For centuries natives of the Balkan islands have enjoyed extraordinary long and healthy lives. It was eventually determined that their good fortune was, in part, due to the fact that they ingest large quantities of lactobacilli (good bacteria) at every meal.

Without good bacteria, a our body would be unable to support a strong immune system, absorb food properly, and their microbiome become unbalanced.


What effects the natural balance of probiotics?

Unfortunately, every time your pet drinks chlorinated water, eat fatty foods, get stressed or become overly tired, good bacteria is destroyed in their bodies. Even the pet foods we feed our pets to keep them healthy, like meat and poultry can contain antibiotics, further reducing the levels of good bacteria.

For most pets this means they are negatively affecting their bodies’ ability to stay healthy on a daily basis.


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.

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.

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. They must have the proper amount of CFU’s.


How many different strains should be in a formula?

One to six different strains of probiotics is just not enough. Healthy intestines should be filled with “goodguy” bacteria.

These “good guys” can be likened to super heroes: They fight crime, and the keep the bad guys  under control! But without the good guys to take care of the microbiome  keep it clean and safe.

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 with14 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.


Pet owners see better results with Total-Biotics® than any other pet probiotic product on the market.

Always talk to your vet before giving any supplement to your pets.

*The statements made within this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements and the products of this company are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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