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"...we started off with just using a simple acidophilus for dogs supplement but were not seeing the kind of results we had hoped for. Our german shepard was still having trouble with his stools and yeast. We put him on Probiotic Miracle and within the first week we were already starting to see an improvement. I recommend this product to all my friends now. "

- Jackson W., Georgia

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"After using acidophilus for our dog we still had problems with our yorkie. There was a little improvement in his stools, but then I read about Probiotic Miracle and about how dogs need more strains than just acidophilus. Probiotic Miracle has kept us clear at the vet for over a year now. Thanks!"

-Richard P., Boston, MA

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What you need to know before you buy acidophilus for your dog.

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Acidophilus is one of the most well known species of healthy bacteria on the market. Many benefits can be gained by adding L. acidophilus to your dog's diet, as some supply this through yogurt, but is there something better? What is the research behind acidophilus for dogs?

Problems with Acidophilus for Dogs

Single species:

Acidophilus is just not enough! Research shows that dogs benefit the most from a comprehensive probiotic supplement that contains more than just L. acidophilus.

What Does the Research for Dogs Show About Canine Acidophilus?

Problems with simple L. acidophilus formulas:
Simple L. acidophilus, or, even when combined with Bifidobacterium, will bring minimal benefit for wellness. Dogs with health issues will need more than a simple acidophilus supplement to bring therapeutic results. In short, dogs need a probiotic supplement with more than this one species to be truly beneficial.

Related: Is yogurt to dogs effective?

The Bottom Line

What more is needed than acidophilus for dogs?

Acidophilus is great, but, there are 5 other species of bacteria that have been shown through science to bring real results in dogs. (see below)

To make the best formula possible for dogs and cats, formulators have relied on the dog-specific scientific research (animal, canine).

Though the body of research on nutritional supplements in dogs is not as robust as it is in humans, there are some areas where we see reoccurring areas of benefit.

The Research Regarding Acidophilus for Dogs

Which species of bacteria should be combined with acidophilus to make a probiotic supplement best for dogs?

B. animalis

Probably the most studied probiotic strain in dogs is B. animalis. It has been demonstrated to reduce acute diarrhea, and improve overall intestinal health. However, most dog probiotic products do not contain this strain. We believe that over time all of the formulas will start containing B. animalis because of the vast research behind this strain.

Vet Ther. 2009 Fall;10(3):121-30: Clinical benefits of probiotic canine-derived Bifidobacterium animalis strain AHC7 in dogs with acute idiopathic diarrhea.

Commentary: In this study B. animalis on its own reduced the resolution time in half from 6 days to 3 in dogs. Vet Microbiol. 2009 Oct 20;139(1-2):106-12. Epub 2009 May 19.

Portrait of a canine probiotic Bifidobacterium animalis, from gut to gut.


Bifidobacterium animalis adhered to epithelial cells, transited the murine gastrointestinal tract to high numbers and significantly reduced S. typhimurium translocation. B. animalis  consumption significantly reduced the carriage of Clostridia, in particular Clostridium difficile, in dogs. This study describes the isolation and screening of canine-derived bacterial strains with commensal traits. The results demonstrate that B. animalis has significant potential for improving canine gastrointestinal health.”

Commentary: Clostridium difficile is the pathogen that primarily causes diarrhea. The fact that B.animalis has such a dramatic effect on C. difficile, makes it really the number one choice for dealing with acute diarrhea.

L. acidophilus

L. acidophilus as been show to be especially good with use in puppies. L. acidophilus was shown to increase weigh gain/growth in canines. Puppies supplemented L. acidophilus were found to display less symptoms of allergies and other diseases in older years.

Arch Tierernahr. 2001;55(3):243-53.

L. rhamnosus

Along with L. fermentum, and L. salivarious, L. rhamnosus is one of the highest concentrated bacteria found in normal healthy canine microbiota. Formulas that do not have this probiotic in fairly high amounts should not claim to be specifically formulated for dogs.

J Appl Microbiol. 2006 Jul;101(1):131-8. Lactic acid bacteria isolated from canine faeces.

“SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: The selected LAB strains are among the first host-specific LAB with antimicrobial activity isolated from canines that could serve as potential probiotics for canine use.”

Commentary: This study shows that L. rhamnosus is one of the foundational bacteria found in canine intestinal tracts.

L. fermentum

Again one of the naturally concentrated bacteria inherit to canine microbiota, L. fermentum has strong survival characteristics and the ability to significantly modify the intestinal microbiota

J Appl Microbiol. 2006 Jul;101(1):131-8. Lactic acid bacteria isolated from canine faeces.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2006 Oct;72(10):6539-43. 

L. reuteri

As part of the lactobacillus family, L. reuteri has many of the broad ranging health benefits. In dogs though they have found that reuteri may be the most resistant and may be especially helpful in controlling canine intestinal infections.

Food Sci. 2007 Apr;72(3):M94-7. Isolation and characterization of Lactobacillus species having isolation and characterization of Lactobacillus species having potential for use as probiotic cultures for dogs.

L. salivarious

Again, one of the naturally concentrated bacteria inherent to canine microbiota. Strong and viable, this probiotic should always be in a canine formula.

J Appl Microbiol. 2006 Jul;101(1):131-8 Lactic acid bacteria isolated from canine faeces. 

Is there a probiotic formula based on this canine research?

Nusentia’s Probiotic Miracle® incorporates this straight-forward research into its formulation to make it the American dog owner's probiotic of choice.

Probiotic Miracle® is a targeted ratio balanced set of probiotics designed to produce the most health benefit for your pet.

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Customer Comments

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This did the trick for our dog's loose stool, AT LAST something worked!

Really worked to get our dog's diarrhea under control, thank you!!


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Vet Recommended Probiotics for Dogs including, B. animalis, L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, L. fermentum, L. reuteri, and Inulin (FOS, a prebiotic))

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