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On February 8, 2013

Nutrition update: The latest probiotics for petfoods

Probiotics are making their way into the pet market in not just petfood, but pet treats, concentrated formulations and novel seeds and grains

Probiotics are crucial to our digestive health by providing “friendly bacteria” to our bodies—they help flush away toxins and other harmful waste left behind after digestion. Consumers of pet products now know to look for these digestive aids on ingredient lists when searching out a petfood for a dog with a finicky stomach. Studies have shown that these supplements help protect companion animals from intestinal infections, fungal growth and diarrhea, maintain overall digestive health, reduce the effects of stress, the risk of allergies and Salmonella levels, and can improve skin/coat conditions, immunity and resistance to disease.

According to Bacterfield Corp., makers of Formula ProBiotic, all good probiotics can be identified by four things:

1. Safety – The microorganism chosen as the component of a probiotic must be non-pathogenic and non-toxic.
2. Viability – A probiotic can only work if the microorganisms contained within the probiotic remain viable during storage of the product and through the gut to ensure colonization of these microorganisms.
3. Minimum Dose – The concentration of a probiotic must be such that inclusion rate 109 CFU per kg of complete feed on average is provided.
4. Quality Insurance – It is essential that a probiotic has not become contaminated with any other microorganism other than the particular probiotic microorganisms chosen at any stage of the manufacturing process or during storage.

Formula ProBiotic is a functional superpremium food for dogs that contains a live and highly concentrated probiotic bacteria, claims Bacterfield. The probiotic microorganism, Enterococcus faecium

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