So it’s true — I follow trends. I give my dog yogurt (she’s fine with it). I have offered her homemade fermented veggies (hence the fennel-seed tip). And I have even made it routine to periodically include green tripe in her menus. What we call fads today can become tomorrow’s conventional wisdom when they prove to be legitimate practices that advance our health and happiness. I now know it’s healthy to take probiotics into account. And judging from my dog’sresponse when the tripe hits the bowl, I have the happiness part covered, too.
For more info on probiotics in general, visit nccam.nih.gov.
For more information on dogs and probiotics, check out the probiotics primer on dogfoodproject.com.
Monica Segal is a reliable e-retailer of Lactobacillus acidophilus supplements that contain no sucrose, lactose, artificial color, preservatives, yeast, wheat, rice or soy. Segal provides laboratory assays.
For the DIY probiotics set, greentripe.com is a favorite organic, grass-fed green tripe source, and Andi Brown’s book, The Whole Pet Diet, features a recipe for homemade yogurt for your dog (as well as a handy list of other “toppings to boost digestion”).
Culturedfoodlife.com is a blog with countless probiotic and cultured-food recipes for humans — be sure to research the ingredients, and to pick and choose only dog-friendly recipes!
Feed Your Pet Right by Marion Nestle includes an overview of probiotics, including a sobering comparison between the probiotic content of commercial dog food and human yogurt standards.
The Ultimate Pet Food Guide by Liz Palika features a helpful review of whole-food sources of active cultures, as well as important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.