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Antibiotics Verses Probiotics

Has your veterinarian tried antibiotic after antibiotic trying to clear up some kind of inexplicable infection in your dog?   Is your best friend getting worse?  Has your dog been diagnosed with yeast infections or other bacterial infections?   Are you worried and don't know what to do next?  You've exhausted everything you and your vet know and your dog is still is poor health.  Bacteria conditions in dogs are extremely common. The root cause of these conditions is a bacterial imbalance in the body.  What causes this imbalance?  As is true in most health conditions, many things can trigger this imbalance.  Stress from your dog's living conditions--like bringing in a new family member (animal or human) or moving to a new location. Dogs are just as emotionally involved when it comes to a new environmental situation. The stress on your pup can be just as great as it can be for you.   Weather changes are a very stressful time for dogs.  Extreme hot weather as well as extreme cold weather can have a stressful impact on your dog's health and eating habits.

Some symptoms of a bacterial imbalance in your dog can be very bad breath, flatulence, chronic yeast infections, chronic ear infections, any kind of infection that your dog may have that your vet would prescribe an antibiotic. Another symptom can be over eating and losing weight. The reason for this is that the digestive system has been diminished due to a lack of proper flora (among other causes) and the body is not able to absorb any of the nutrients he is taking in. Digestion requires a balance of good bacteria and pathogenic (bad) bacteria in the intestines in order for the body to be able to absorb nutrients. The balance of good to bad bacteria is approximately 80% to 85% good bacteria. (Probiotics) The remaining balance then would be from 15% to 20% which is bad bacteria that is essential for good digestion of the food your dog is eating. This balance is crucial in the health of your pet. A slight drop in that ratio will be a resulting infection. All too many times the wide and indiscriminate use of antibiotics contributes greatly to the bacterial imbalance of your dog's entire body, not just the digestive system. 

Whenever an antibiotic is prescribed, it will indiscriminately destroy all the good bacteria right along with the pathogenic bacteria in the body, thus causing digestion problems and compromising the body's nutritional uptake. Additionally antibiotics suppress the immune system just when your dog needs a very strong immune system to help it combat whatever infection may be present. Antibiotics kill bacteria and leave the body in a sterile environment, thus making the body vulnerable to more and more bacterial invasions.  This is why and when yeast infections really begin.  The yeast begins as a bacteria problem then escalates into a fungus or yeast infection.

If you shouldn't use an antibiotic, then what are you to do to fight bacteria? Your dog has been sick off and on for ages. Now, he even has a yeast infection in its ear, private parts, under the stomach.  You probably have tried every antibiotic that your Vet has recommended. The problem goes away for a couple of weeks and then reoccurs to where you started; sometimes with more of a vengeance than before.   

The reason the problem continues to resurface is because antibiotics push the infection deeper and deeper into the body. An antibiotic may help mask the problem for a week or so, but the body is absolutely determined to push that infection OUT, thus the problem resurfaces again and again. This yoyo situation will continue to go on until you decide to take control of your dog's health and well being. You need to get the problem OUT OF YOUR DOG'S BODY.

How do you get the infection out of your dog's body once and for all?                                

                         With a probiotic!!      Not an antibiotic!

By using a probiotic, you will flood the body with good bacteria and PUSH the pathogenic bacteria OUT of the body via the feces and urine. The balance needs to be 80%-85% good bacteria. It isn't long before the body's bacteria is completely in balance, but in the meantime, the pathogenic bacteria has been flushed from your dog's system 

  • without stress 
  • without pain 
  • without suppressing the immune system
  • without "KILLING ANYTHING"
  • without side effects of any sort 

After you begin treatment with probiotics you might notice foul smelling feces and urine. This is the pathogenic bacteria being expelled by the body. This is exactly what is supposed to happen and is how a probiotic works.  It flushes the infection causing bacteria right out of the body. 

How long does it take before your dog will be well?  Of course it depends upon the severity of the situation and how deeply imbedded the problem is in your dog. The longer you have been using antibiotics, the longer it takes to really get the pathogenic bacteria out of the body. It could be two days or two weeks, but normally two to three weeks is pretty standard.

Keep giving your dog the good microbials to rebuild the bacterial balance in its body. You would not only be building the flora in its entire system, but you would be assisting your dog in its ability to absorb nutrients to the maximum possible, and at the same time you would be assisting the body to rebuild its immune system.   For these reasons alone, we give all of our dogs yogurt at least two to three times a week in their food. If infection is noticed I add Ark Naturals Gentle Digest 3 times a day for 3 weeks.


CCS Training Tip!

Submissive Urination

As peace of mind, have him checked by the vet to make sure the problem is strictly behavioral and isn't medically related.  Once you have the results from the tests, you can start from there.  If the dog is otherwise house-trained, it is more likely a submissive behavior.  You can help reduce it by increasing the dog's confidence level.  Agility is a great start for that.  Don't create as much excitement around the dog when he's known to exhibit the behavior.  When you come home, ignore him until he's calm enough to greet.  Is he kept in a crate while you're gone?  This can help you by allowing you to come home and immediately take the dog outside to potty.  By staying in the crate, he will be more loathe to potty in it because dogs have an inhibition to using the same area as a toilet and a den. The same goes with guests.  If a guest comes, they must ignore the dog and not fuss over it until it is calm.  Do not correct him for urinating. Correcting submissive urination will only make the behavior worse.

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