Your Questions About Probiotics and What They Do

Your Questions About Probiotics and What They Do
Probonix Probiotics Q&A

Our post last week about Probonix and probiotics by Humarian prompted a lot of comment. We are happy to follow up our post with answers to some of the questions arising from our probiotics for pets review.

Probonix How Much? How Often?

The Humarian formulation is suspended in a proprietary liquid that is super easy to dispense on to your cat’s or dog’s food. There is no mixing, and your pet will not be put off by powdered probiotics on its food. Probonix is GMO free and a tasty liver flavour which obligate carnivores like cats love.

  • 6 probiotic drops for cats
  • 8 probiotic drops a day for a dog

NOTE: You can start the full dose of liquid probiotics for cat (and dogs) immediately, you do not need to build up to the correct dosage over time.

Are there Probiotics in Cat Food?

Are there probiotics in dog food? Well, we have done some reading on the best feline probiotics and none appear in processed foods. This is because probiotics are sensitive to moisture and heat and when added to pet food or dried kibble they are virtually useless by the time your cat eats them*.

Sorry but probiotics are a major and sensitive player in your pet’s gut. We need to think of them as free spirits that cannot be contained, not a commodity that can be processed and dried.

Digestive care dog food, and cat food will contain many things to alleviate a pet’s possible digestive condition. This is why several are prescription only, but they will not contain healthy active probiotics that help balance cat enzymes and encourage good gut health.

Probonix for Pets

Cross Species Goodness

One of the things we learned was many people did not realise that probiotics can be taken by different species!

  • Adult Humans
  • Children (OK not a different species but, you know…..)
  • Cats
  • Dogs

The reason I like Humarian is because they have well tested, expertly formulated probiotics for each of us. The quality of the bacteria (remember how I discuss them here?) is very important. You do not have to look for human probiotics for cats thanks to Humarian.

Are Your Prepared for Stomach Upsets?

One commenter mentioned that she keeps probiotics on hand for her dogs digestive upsets. This is a great idea. Being prepared might mean having an unopened bottle on hand. Probonix have a long shelf-life if unopened our recent order (April 2018) expires in August 2019.

With probiotics in your first aid kit, you are ready to take action if you feel your cat, dog, or even a fellow human is suffering from the following:

  • Digestive Issues
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Allergies
  • Yeast Infections
  • Dermatitis

We also strongly recommend that if you have any worries about your cat’s health that consult a veterinarian immediately.

Probonix best feline probiotic

Do Probiotics need to be refrigerated?

Some do, and some don’t. Let’s spotlight our buddy the bacteria and show you it’s life cycle. This might explain why for you:

The life cycle of probiotic bacteria has four stages

  1. Lag phase – Bacteria mature and grow in size, but they are not yet able to divide. They adapt to their environment during this phase (remember this point for later, it’s important).
  2. Growth (or Exponential) phase – This is the growth period where bacteria use nutrients to replicate and build metabolic waste. Bacteria are most susceptible to harmful environmental conditions during this phase (this point is very important too).
  3. Static (or Stationary) phase – Bacteria enter this phase when growth and death rates are equal. It kicks in when nutrients needed for replication are depleted, or waste generated from replication blocks further growth.
  4. Death phase – Growth stops, and the bacteria start to die off

Bacteria need to be chilled at the growth phase on their life cycle only. You will find a helpful explanation that goes into depth about Humarian liquid probiotics, and pet probiotics generally here.

My Pet has a Delicate Stomach, can Probiotics help?

Probonix is an organic, non-GMO, and all natural supplement free from gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, eggs, fish/shellfish, and peanuts/tree nuts. This should please your veterinarian, as they look for potential allergy triggers in food.

Probonix is helping our senior boy Harvey stabilise his senior gut health in between his 6 monthly wellness checkups. (You do take your cat top the vet at least once a year – right?) When he doesn’t hide his poop outside I can verify it is healthy and solid!

As always, we recommend probiotics as part of a wellness regime for your pet, including regular vet visits. Buy best food you can, and a probiotic supplement like Probonix. On a budget? Check what is in bags of cat food that are known allergy triggers. See if your dog food company have their ingredients list online.

  • Sometimes, no matter how hard you try your pet won’t to eat much except Brand X. Try to add some healthier raw or freeze dried options for variety alongside the Probonix. The ‘net is full of helpful healthy eating posts for pets.

Probonix best feline probiotic

I have Celiac Disease Will Probiotics Help?

A couple of Celiac readers have commented that they were recommended probiotics as part of their daily diet. The human variety of Humarian’s probiotics is also a great way for everyone to amp up your gut health. I use the Women’s formulation and Dash Dad Paul uses the Adult.

  • Taking human Probonix is simple. Just put eight drops on your tongue or in your favorite unheated drink once a day. No fussing with powders or measures.

Can I Add Probiotics to Hot Food?

Not all probiotics cannot survive in very hot temperatures. It is a complex issue but Humarian recommend letting hot food cool before adding Probonix for pets, and suggest cool water for human probiotics. Some companies may differ in their application.

I hope we managed to cover the major questions asked by our readers. Thank you for your valuable responses as humans and as pet parents.

Why Not Try Probonix now?

As Humarian Ambassadors we can offer you 20% off your first order of both pet and human probiotics use code DASHKITTEN. They ship super fast too.

Marjorie and the
Dash Kitten Crew
Marjorie and Silver





References used:

  1. Probiotics in hot food
  2. Probiotics for Celiacs
  3. Why probiotics in kibble doesn’t work*
  1. Guys your review was epic and we just loved the video mew shared on social media the other fur it, mew guys are the movie masking masters!

    This product looks brilliant, we have a powder probiotic but think this looks so much better and have added it to our ‘to get asap’ list!

    Thanks so much fur sharing

    Big hugs

    Basil & Co xox

  2. I love this! What a terrific review of such a critical part of our and our pets’ diet that we often don’t think about or outright neglect! Gut health is one of the most important aspects of our diet. For animals that are fed a kibble diet, this is particularly important, because, as you say, bacteria are easily killed during the heating process of baking kibble. It is so important that these bacteria are added back through natural foods like kefir or through supplementation. One quick tip that I would add because I’m currently dealing with it now, is that if you, your dog or cat is on an antibiotic, you want to separate dosing the antibiotic and the probiotic supplement by at least two hours. 🙂 . Tweeted as well!

  3. Sounds like a great product. I’ve been using a human product from iHerb, but I will definitely be looking at this when we run out.

  4. The Q&A answered some questions I had and some I didn’t know I had! Thanks! I’ve got a pup with a sensitive stomach so I should look into it. Kinda cool that we’re talking about something that helps our cats and dogs!

  5. When I do nutritional consultations, I typically recommend probiotics for my clients’ pets. Goat’s milk kefir is a very good one that is easy for them to digest. Slippery Elm powder is another go to remedy for digestive issues. I’m glad to learn of this Non-Gmo organic product and will take a look at last week’s article for more info.

  6. I love probiotics for my cocker spaniels. I didn’t realize they can come in drops. This may be a lot easier to give them when they need it. I’ll have to try some Probonix since some probiotics are more effective than others for diarrhea than others. Very informative post! I didn’t know I shouldn’t put probiotics on hot food.

  7. I am definitely going to try this product out! I was one with celiac disease and shared that my daughter encourages me to take a probiotic every day to help with the side effects of my disease. There is a cure, but probiotics do help when I eat something with gluten in it. Thank you for answering the questions. I look forward to trying this product.

  8. Q&A posts are always so helpful. We’ve switched up probiotics for Bernie and Lizzie twice now. For a while, they were taking a chew that was recommended to us, but a few of the ingredients seemed dodgy to me. Then I discovered dehydrated goat’s milk from The Honest Kitchen. While the pups like the goat’s milk, I don’t think they like it every day. And I was struggling to find a probiotic that I could easily add to their food…every day. I love Probonix for dogs! I’m not concerned about any of the ingredients and it’s so easy to use. We haven’t started using the human version, but I am considering it. I think my biggest issue will be remembering to use it for us. LOL!

  9. Mr. N is in the delicate stomach camp so probiotics really help. I didn’t think about being careful about adding it to warm food but he typically doesn’t get hot food anyway. Unless it’s after a cold walk and then it’s a snack.

  10. Thanks for such great info!! My older dog Red has been having digestive issues for quite some time, and probiotics help her so much. I imagine my other pets would have benefited from them had I been aware of their importance.

  11. Probiotics really helped my dog when she was having digestive issues. My mom takes them and if she is on an antibiotic, she has to let take the probiotic two hours apart from the antibiotic. Otherwise, she thinks they cancel each other out. (I am just repeating her, not sure if this is true, but it makes sense to me.)

  12. My cats won’t eat their food if I mix stuff into it, so it doesn’t seem like this probiotic would be a good one for them. Zoey is currently getting a probiotic by capsule. ~Island Cat Mom

    1. I can relate to cats not wanting stuff mixed into their food! I have issues getting Harvey to eat his powdered green mussel supplement, he doesn’t like the powder (which has flavour). However, he will eat the liquid probiotic. It is more pleasantly flavoured and six drops disappears into his food. Worth a try maybe?

  13. Intersting! My holistic vet is actually more in favour of prebiotics versus probiotics. Probiotics bring in a foreign strain of goodness where as prebiotics engage the existing “home grown” bacteria. His approach is “day to day” care go with pre. If there has been surgery or gastro … temporary switch to pro. Thoughts?

    1. I am no veterinarian and my research was done from a pet parent perspective but I did realise the issue is a complex one. My readings showed however that PREbiotics are not a good idea for a pet with gastro intestinal conditions. Ref: Probiotics are solely the beneficial bacteria in the gut and, without exception, my sources recommend the best quality probiotics you can get I(which is why we value Humarian). Prebiotics feed all the bacteria in a pet’s GI which might not be what a pet parent needs. This is why I encourage anyone with questions to consult their veterinarian or an holistic specialist on a case by case basis.

  14. Super details! Probiotics are definitely essential for optimal gut health! I once opened a container and it was so live that it was jumping! So cool! I’m glad to see you mention the part about probiotics not being valuable as an ingredient in processed food.

  15. Thank you yet again, for an excellent post and follow up to the original. I am so looking forwards to my own Humarian Probonix product coming soon…. I shall give you feedback as soon as I can after.
    Toodle pips

  16. Thank you for the detailed information. I use a human brand of probiotic for my IBD kitty and do think it is helpful, but this pet-specific one looks good too.

  17. You have great information in this article I was wondering if my dog and my cats would be needing the probiotics and in which amount I should serve them. Thanks so much for giving me helpful information, I didn’t know either you cannot serve it to hot food.

  18. Probiotics kept Nellie going – happy and healthy after I started giving them to her. A liquid form would have been Easier to get into her though. Wish I knew about these then.

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