Not all bacteria are created equally. While some types of bacteria can make your dog ill, other types of bacteria are actually essential for your pet’s health. Beneficial bacteria are known as probiotics. They are bacteria that naturally live in your dog’s body, helping to boost their immune system, aid in digestion, and produce certain vitamins and nutrients.
What Are Probiotics?
Taken literally, probiotics means “life-promoting”. Probiotics are a class of bacteria that live naturally inside your animals (and you). They play a role in improving and maintaining health. Different types of probiotics have different positive effects on a dog’s body. The probiotics people give their animals are the same as the bacteria that naturally live in their digestive tracts. Some of the common ones are:
- Bifidobacterium animalis
- Bifidobacterium breve
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Enterococcus faecium
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Lactobacillus casei
Each type of beneficial bacteria has a specific effect on your dog’s health.
Probiotics Can Help Your Dog’s Skin And Fur?
While we all know about probiotics as something that we (and our animals) take orally to help our digestive tracts, research has shown that using topical probiotics regularly can prove beneficial to healthier skin as well. This treatment can solve a very common skin condition in dogs. Bacterial skin infections are common. Researchers have done studies and they’ve found regularly applying “healthy bacteria” topically to a dog’s coat and skin will combat the skin infection and make their skin healthier overall.
When your dog has a bacterial skin infection, it triggers their immune system to jump into gear by reacting with an itchy, red, bumpy skin rash. Your dog will undoubtedly scratch and bite at this area, making it further inflamed and exacerbating the situation. When you apply probiotics topically to these areas, the healthy bacteria in the probiotics help subdue the rash by blocking skin cells from realizing the bad bacteria. When the skin doesn’t know about the issue, it doesn’t react in a detrimental way. Additionally, probiotics have a lasting effect on your dog’s skin that helps kill the bad bacteria and keep them away. Over time your dog’s skin will become stronger in dealing with bacterial infections and their sensitivity to outbreaks will not be as severe.
Probiotic pet shampoos and pet sprays are great for combating bacterial skin infections in dogs quickly and efficiently. The shampoos are great as part of a regular maintenance plan for your dog. The spray is a great follow up in the case of occasional unexpected flare-ups. It will help you quickly and effectively get your dog comfortable again.
One of the often-overlooked benefits of using topical probiotics is actually a benefit for you and others that live in the house with your dog. Regular dog shampoos use perfumes to cover the smell of a dog’s coat. While this temporarily works, it isn’t helping your dog actually get clean. It’s just masking odors. Probiotic shampoos and sprays on the other hand actually get to the source of the odors, neutralizing them and truly making them go away.