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Overview of the Evidence for Probiotics in Cats and Dogs

I have written about the subject of probiotics several times before, and this is one of the most interesting and active areas of research in scientific veterinary medicine. Unfortunately, probiotics are also illustrative of the unreliability of unregulated veterinary health … Continue reading

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Probiotics in Horses

I’ve written frequently about probiotics, microorganisms given as supplements to hopefully benefit health.  Often claimed as an “alternative” therapy, probiotics are really no different from any therapy in science-based medicine. The theory behind their use is certainly consistent with established … Continue reading

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European Food Safety Authority Rejects Prostora, a Probiotic Product for Dogs

I have written frequently about probiotics,(1,2) and the health effects of microorganisms seems a promising area of research. The current evidence for meaningful beneficial effects, however, is quite limited. There is reasonable evidence for some benefit in treating antibiotic-associated diarrhea … Continue reading

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Probiotic Fortiflora: Not apparently very helpful in preventing diarrhea in shelter animals

Probiotics, living microorganisms fed to humans and animals to prevent or treat disease, are an interesting area of ongoing research. I have written about this intervention a number of times (1,2) and it seems a promising area of research, though … Continue reading

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Veterinary Probiotics: Sloppy Labeling and Poor Quality Control

Probiotics are one of the therapies I frequently discuss here that I suspect may actually have some benefit(1, 2), though the evidence does not currently support routine clinical use. However, as with most herbal remedies, supplements, and nutraceuticals, a lack … Continue reading

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Encouraging studies on probiotics for canine diarrhea

I have written about probiotics previously (in general, for herpsvirus in cats, and some of the overhyping and quackery associated with them), and in general I have been cautiously optimistic about their potential, while criticizing claims that go beyond the … Continue reading

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Primal Defense-An example of why I am suspicious of probiotics.

For those who have read what I have previously written about probiotics, you’ll know that I am cautiously optimistic about their potential usefulness as a medical therapy, despite the tendency towards overstating the results of the limited clinical trials so … Continue reading

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Probiotics for Herpesvirus Rhinitis

I’ve written before on the subject of probiotics, bacteria or yeast fed to people or animals with the intent of affecting health in some way. I consider them to be in a bit of a gray zone between mainstream medicine … Continue reading

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Veterinary Probiotics

What is it?   A widely used definition of probiotics is “Live microbes that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” The basic idea is that all animals have a great number and variety of … Continue reading

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Veterinary Practice News Evidence-based Medicine Column

Last summer, I was asked to take over the Evidence-based Medicine Column (previous the Alternative Medicine Column) in the trade magazine Veterinary Practice News from Dr. Narda Robinson. This was an excellent opportunity to  illustrate the principles and techniques of … Continue reading

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