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I have used both probiotics and digestive enzymes. I personally feel that they are very helpful in maintaining normal digestion. The brand that I use now is a combination of both. It is NaturVet brand. I give them daily to both my dogs and cats.

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Dr. Susan Wynn (of Georgia Veterinary Specialists, who does nutritional consultations) told me NOT to give digestive enzymes to my younger healthy dog who is fed raw. She DID recommend it for my older dog (now 15 yr 8 mo!) who has various liver/kidney issues. I had been giving it to both, and while I can't point to any specific benefit, they are both doing well now. Guess that's proof enough for me! [i use Berte's Blend Zyme.]

 

diane

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I've given probiotics off and on to multiple dogs. My old Lu had severe food allergies- bad enough that any dairy (whey) based probiotics set her off. She also had an iron stomach, so I gave up. Nick has a touchy stomach, and the probis seem to help him. I can't remember the brand, but it's a powder. He'll eat absolutely anything, so between coconut and the probiotics, I've been able to keep his stomach steady. I give them to any critter (including livestock) that has been on antibiotics.

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My youngest seems to have a sensitive digestive system, which made it hard for me to find a food he could tolerate while he was in training across the country from me. The supplier out there didn't carry many of the same brands that he did okay on at home. Ultimately they did find something he seemed to be okay with, and recommended Dr. Kruger's Everyday Health. They are often on the road for long periods of time with many dogs, and sometimes have to feed what food they can get while traveling. They've got a dog with colitis, and this helps him tremendously. So, I've been using it for my dog for the last several months and so far it's been great. I've even been able to rotate food with no issues. Initially I used the recommended dosage, then dropped it to half, and he's still doing just fine.

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I use inclovers Optigest, and it does make a very clear difference, I used it for Ladybug when she started to have trouble digesting food(to the point that she dropped 6lbs in about a week) as long as I added it to everything she ate, she did amazing, gained her weight back, stopped throwing up, stopped getting the runs etc.. if I missed adding it to even one meal it was instant runny poo. I still have a jar though and my Ladybug is gone, so I started adding it to Happys food since she has a really hard time holding weight, she has never had any digestion issues, but I do find that I am able to feed her a more normal amount of food without her losing weight, rather then feeding her more then a great dane to keep her weight.

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