Are chewable treats and snacks really effective for giving your dog probiotics?
Dogs love treats. Owners feel good sharing them with pets (I do too). But while chewable probiotics might be yummy and easy to use, they are a poor choice if you want a truly beneficial probiotic for your dog.
Agatha loves her snacks. She knows where the treat jar is and one of her favorite pastimes is sitting by the kitchen counter gazing lovingly at the biscuit tins (she has more than one) waiting for the next snack event.
While I love giving my good dog a yummy snack and yes, I make sure the ones I offer her are healthy, when it comes to her probiotics, I would never trust a chewable or treat to deliver her the powerful dose of probiotics that will give her immune system the support she needs.
I tell people all the time, read the labels, everything you need to know is there but sadly, probiotic manufacturers are getting really good at hiding the numbers that really matter!
Remember: the most important number when choosing a dog probiotic are the Colony Forming Units (CUFs) PER Serving
There is so much hype and deceptive marketing aimed at the unsuspecting dog owner regarding dog probiotics it’s shocking. Slick advertising makes finding a quality probiotic for your dog a lot harder than it should be, and your dog suffers for it.
Looking through a few of the most popular dog probiotic chews, I was amazed to find how well hidden the vital CFUs per serving were hidden:
Listing CFUs per the entire package, not per serving.
Probiotic treats that claim on the bag to be the “Ultimate Dog Probiotic Formula” or “The most powerful probiotic for dogs on the market!” but offering dismally low CFUs.
Chewable probiotics that claim to provide “Superior immune health” but contain less than 5 strains of probiotic.
Many fragile probiotics often don’t even survive manufacturing into treat form.
Probiotic dog chews and snacks loaded with (cheaper) filler strains.
The bottom line? Agatha’s will never compromise on providing your pet with the most nutritious probiotics you can find anywhere.
Love your dog and yes, share lots of treats with her, but save the probiotics for her dinner dish. It might not be quite as much fun, but you’ll be know you’re giving her real support and not just empty calories!