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#106688 - 11/21/10 07:28 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: GrandJan]
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Any form of Antibiotic. I also feel that as dogs age they benefit from being given Probiotics.
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#106691 - 11/21/10 07:31 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val]
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Banshee isn't on an antibiotic. She does take tagamet which reduces the stomach acid. The theory was this could be messing with her balance and causing some other problems. So it's possible that probiotics are needed for other meds than just antibiotics?

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#106693 - 11/21/10 07:35 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val]
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Originally Posted By: Wisc.Tiger_Val
I also feel that as dogs age they benefit from being given Probiotics.

Why? Not arguing - seriously want to know.
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#106701 - 11/21/10 07:52 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: GrandJan]
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Digestive function often gets worse as anyone ages but this is not the case for everyone. I don't think all dogs need probiotics as they age but I do think they help if dogs (or people or cats) are having more trouble with digestion.

Also, probiotics work best when taken in the morning.

And I do think they are warranted with a med that is decreasing stomach acid or any med that is tough on the tummy.
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#106704 - 11/21/10 07:57 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: GrandJan]
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LAM, any thing that upset the natural balance of the digestive track is a good place to try Probiotics.

GrandJan, I just feel that as dogs age (humans also) that it is easier for the system to get overloaded with bad bacteria, maybe not enough to see that they need a medication but enough to affect proper digestion. Probiotcs are not a miracle they are just good friendly bacteria, the more good stuff the less room for bad stuff.
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#106706 - 11/21/10 08:13 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val]
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Thanks Ruth and Val - good advice. Two more questions: if a dog is given an antibiotic and/or any medication that needs to be taken with food, can we assume that a probiotic should then be added? Can it then be stopped when the meds are stopped - or perhaps given an extra week or so until the tummy gets regulated?
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#106712 - 11/21/10 08:20 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: GrandJan]
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I kept taking probiotics after taking antibiotics for myself. I think when giving probiotics with antibiotics that we're just keeping up with what is lost but afterwards we are actually repopulating.

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#106717 - 11/21/10 08:31 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: LifeAsMe]
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One addition: give probiotics when you give any kind of dewormer. Talk about taking all of the good stuff out of the digestive tract! sick

And I agree to continue with the probiotics for a couple of weeks post meds. And be sure to give them 2 hours apart from the meds!
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#106720 - 11/21/10 08:36 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeow
One addition: give probiotics when you give any kind of dewormer. Talk about taking all of the good stuff out of the digestive tract! sick

And I agree to continue with the probiotics for a couple of weeks post meds. And be sure to give them 2 hours apart from the meds!


Thanks, Ruth - did not know that. I have your whole post now in my reference notes.
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#106725 - 11/21/10 08:43 PM Re: Probiotics - Coated or Stabilized? [Re: GrandJan]
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If I can I go 4 hours between ABX and Probiotics.
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Neilla the Big White puppy.

RIP Cheyenne - AKA: Digger, CheyChey Girl, Cheyenne Large and In charge. 2/16/02 - 2/27/16
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14

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