Dog supplement description: “NWC Naturals Total-Biotics Probiotics for Dogs is specially formulated with an astounding 11 species of stabilized probiotics. It also contains over one half billion CFUs (colony forming units) in each scoop for maximum protection. To insure that you get one half billion CFUs in each scoop we actually make the product with double that amount, one full billion per scoop . Total-Biotics is safe and contains only the highest quality human grade ingredients with the strictest manufacturing standards to ensure purity and efficacy without a high cost to you.”[tabs][tab title =”Overview”]NWC Naturals Total-Biotics delivers a convenient powder formula with an outstanding 11 stabilized strains of pro-biotics! It’s the perfect companion product to Total-Zymes the digestive enzyme formula. Together they are the one-two punch for complete digestion and intestinal health for your pet. Total-Biotics is formulated with 11 different pro-biotic strains. Each scoop provides a total of 500 million CFU’s of live pro-biotics.
Dogs with large amount of good bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of unhealthy organisms. If dogs are to maintain a healthy body, they need large quantities of friendly bacteria. Total-Biotics supplies just the right amount of eleven different species of Pro-Biotics matched to how much food your pets eat.
Purpoted benefits of this dog supplement include: Boosts the immune system, improvs digestion, controls yeast overgrowth, removes toxins from the body, helps manufacture B-vitamins, promotes proper elimination.
Live Enzyme Activated Delivery System (L.E.A.D.S.) is this delivery system that guarantees assimilation and utilization of the nutrients at the cellular level. L.E.A.D.S. is a proprietary system of adding a blend of select enzymes to botanical and whole-food products for the purpose of improving the release and absorption of nutrients contained in these products. This special blend of supplemental enzymes works to extract the nutrients from the formula in the most bioavailable form so your pet’s body can use them easily and efficiently. The L.E.A.D.S. enzyme delivery system is formulated to match the specific needs of Total-Biotics and is based on a unique and proprietary method. It is especially beneficial with products providing a whole-food source of vitamins, minerals and pro-biotics.[/tab] [tab title =”Ingredients”]Primary ingredients: L. acidophilus DDS-1, B. bifidum, B. infantis, B. longum, L. casei, L. helveticus, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, L. lactis, S. thermophilus, prebiotic FOS Fructo-Oligosaccharides.
L.E.A.D.S., or Live Enzyme Activated Delivery System ingredients: Calcium Amino Acid Chelate, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Amylase, Cellulose, Lipase, Magnesium Glycyl Glutamine.
Additional ingredients: Maltodextrin, beet root.[/tab] [tab title =”Analysis”]Acidophilus DDS -1 strain is the most effective probiotic strain, defending against the greatest number of pathogens; inhibiting 11 disease-causing bacteria. Called the “sticker strain,” Acidophilus has the ability to actually cling to the intestinal wall without harming it. In fact, it is best known for its ability to move undisrupted through the stomach and into the intestines where it eats away at disease causing bacteria. It is known for reducing the occurrence of constipation and diarrhea, increasing nutrient uptake (especially calcium), preventing food poisoning and alleviating dermatitis and other skin and coat conditions.
B. bifidum — is normally found in the mucus membranes lining of the large intestine and vaginal tract, where it attaches to the walls removing yeast that would further lower the pH levels and allow bacteria to grow. Supplementation has been shown to modify intestinal flora, ward off liver problems and protect against the damaging affects of radiation. It also helps control diarrhea and other intestinal disturbances.
B. infantis — inhibits gastroenteritis and can ward off some strains of E. coli. According to the Journal of Applied Bacteriology, B. infantis is part of an important group of microorganisms, which are considered to exert a range of biological activities related to human health. This particular strain of probiotic has also been shown to produce compounds useful toward preventing solid tumor growth.
B. longum — aids in the cleansing and health of the colon and liver. It has even been shown to significantly inhibit the growth of colon, liver and breast cancers in laboratory animals. It is also known for supporting breast health.
L. casei — is reported to be one of the most potent defenders from the potentially fatal Listeria bacteria. It is also known for its ability to induce an immune response that is helpful in protecting against sexually transmitted diseases.
L. plantarum — can be found in naturally fermented foods. In your body it is found in the large intestine where it helps to break down protein into usable nutrients, thus reducing inflammation.
L. rhamnosus — is one of the more highly studied probiotic strains, primarily used in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. It also aids the body in resisting yeast and urinary tract infections.
L. salivarius — has been shown through research to produce a high amount of lactic acid, which is able to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, thusly reducing the associated inflammation and risk of peptic ulcers.
S. thermophilus — is known for repairing free radical damage from aging, stress, antibiotics, chlorinated water and other chemicals. It also contains an antioxidant that helps protect against the toxins present in the Standard Pet Diet and in treating the pain caused by arthritis.
L. lactis — has been shown through research to produce a high amount of lactic acid, which is able to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, thusly reducing the associated inflammation and risk of peptic ulcers. Is also beneficial to supplement the diet in maintaining normal intestinal flora.
L. helveticus — has been shown through research that strains of L. helveticus diminish tumor growth, stimulating an anti-tumor immune response.
Prebiotics-Inulin IQ FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) – one of the best-known pre-biotics, is a class of simple carbohydrates found naturally in certain plants, such as Jerusalem artichokes, onions, and bananas. FOS is known to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. It has been shown to stimulate growth of bifidobacteria in the colon where many diseases first take root. Supplementing with FOS can greatly increase metabolic activity in the colon and help relieve constipation and reduce the production of intestinal putrefactive substances. Healthy colon function is vital to a properly functioning immune system.
MGG chelate (The only patented stabilized glutamine in the world) – This stabilized Glutamine re-writes the book on utilizing anabolic nitrogen molecules to help cleanse and fortify the body. Glutamine yields beneficial effects on the intestinal mucosa and is also the major metabolic fuel for the small intestine. The addition of the chelated glutamine to Total-Biotics supports the stability and colonization characteristics of beneficial bacteria in the pet’s intestinal tract and is an essential nutrient that is required by the intestinal cells. It can actually help repair a damaged intestinal tract.[/tab] [tab title=”Uses”]One scoop (approximately 625 mg) of NWC Naturals Total-Biotics Probiotics per cup of dog food. A free scoop is inside every can of Total-Biotics.
Total-Biotics for candida and yeast: when you use Total-Biotics on your pets’ food you can double the normal dose to help get the yeast under control. That is two scoops of Total-Biotics per cup of food, when you feed your pet.
Directions for raw fed pets: assuming that you are feeding only 100% raw meat with no potatoes, rice or vegetables that needs to be cooked. What I recommend for raw fed dogs is this. Cut the amount of Total-Zymes to ¼ to ½ scoops per cup of raw food. The benefit is Total-Zymes will replace the enzymes lost in freezing and handling of the meat. Then the enzymes over and above what is needed to digest the food will be used systemically to combat inflammation and joint discomfort. Total-Biotics on the other hand should be doubled to two scoops per cup of raw food. This will insure your pet’s intestinal tract will remain well populated with good bacteria thus crowding out bad bacteria and yeasts.[/tab] [tab title =”Side Effects”]No side effects have been reported at the time of this writing; see detailed breakdown below.[/tab] [tab title =”Manufactured”]Manufactured in the USA.
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NWC Naturals Total-Biotics Probiotics for Dogs
NWC Naturals Total-Biotics Probiotics for Dogs contains a minimum of one billion live organisms, along with the patented LEADs activating system. Total-Biotics is formulated for use on a daily basis in order to support your dog’s immune system and to aid their digestion.
For those dog owners who wish to supplement their pet’s diet, this formulation provides a good dose of probiotics and the necessary prebiotics to stimulate their activity in the canine intestine. In cases where your dog is receiving antibiotic treatment, use of this supplement can be beneficial in restoring good bacteria that’s been eliminated due to high potency of antibiotics.
Dog’s digestive system
In canines, the small intestine is an anaerobic environment where a large portion of digestion takes place. The first step in a dog’s digestion system occurs in the stomach, which is a very low pH environment where high levels of acid start the breakdown of food particles. At this point, acid-stable enzymes such as proteases are released in the stomach. The next step occurs in the small intestine, where many enzymes are released both from the intestine and the pancreas; they continue the digestive process.
The small intestine also has the intestinal flora with the natural population of good bacteria. If your dog is ill, he may also have some non-helpful bacteria, or the good bacteria population may be decreased by antibiotic treatment. (This condition is called dysbiosis or microbial imbalance.) From the small intestine, food breakdown products (amino acids, simple sugars, fat components, vitamins and minerals) are absorbed into the blood stream to move into the dog’s body and provide metabolic support. Finally, the broken down food moves into the large intestine and is in line to be excreted. A dog’s digestive system operates more rapidly than that of humans, with digesting occurring as rapidly as 8-9 hrs after food is ingested.
Probiotics for dogs
Recently, probiotics have been ‘in the news’ as a new direction for maintenance and improvement of health for canines and humans. Probiotics are living microorganisms, and they have been shown to have multiple health benefits in dogs. Once ingested they take up ‘residence’ in dog’s small intestine, and function to help digest food, among other actions. Probiotics are considered to be a class of ‘good bacteria’ that can help eliminate ‘bad bacteria’ from the dog’s internal system.
The concept of probiotics has been studied since the early 1900s, when reported by Nobel Prize winner Eli Metchnikoff. However, the recent popularity of probiotics has led to a considerable increase in scientific research on the roles and effectiveness of probiotic treatment in canines and in humans [1, 2].
The World Health Organization (WHO) established “Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food” in 2002. The intent of these guidelines was to establish protocols to better evaluate claims of health benefits people and animals received from probiotics, as well as to guide appropriate usage by veterinary, medical, pharmaceutical, and supplementary professionals and manufacturers. It’s vital that a particular probiotic must be a precisely defined microbe or combination thereof.
A few other important factors essential to official description of probiotics that we must note are:
- probiotics must be ‘alive’ when administered;
- probiotics must be viable and stable during normal use and storage conditions;
- probiotics must be able to survive in the intestine;
- probiotics must be well-defined with documented and reproducible health benefits shown through scientific studies.
Recent canine microbial research indicates that manufacturing conditions are important in their preparation for optimal function . The general requirements have presented a challenge for researchers, as they include not only measurement of antibiotic resistance of the probiotics, but also assessment of probiotics side effects, and verification of the absence of any toxic byproducts.
What exactly is NWC Naturals Total-Biotics and how is it supposed to affect dogs?
NWC Naturals Total-Biotics uses 14 human grade stabilized forms of bacteria that are known to provide health benefits: lactobacillus acidophilus dds, bifidobacterium bifidum, bacillus coagnulans, bifidobacterium breve, b. lactis, b. longu, l. brevis, l. bulgaricus, l. casei, l. plantarum, l. rhamnosus, l. alivarius, lactococcus latis, s. thermophilus, and fos fructo-oligosaccharides – a prebiotic compound that stimulates the probiotics.
In addition, the supplement also contains the L.E.A.D’s live-enzyme activated delivery system, which is an exclusive formulation of vitamins, minerals, and enzyme-activating compounds such as calcium amino acid chelate, magnesium amino acid chelate, amylase, cellulase, kipase, magnesium glycyl glutamine, and both maltodextrin and beet root extract. According to NWC, the minerals in L.E.A.D.S. are specifically calculated to be just sufficient to activate the supplement microbes without causing any mineral loss or increase in the canine’s system.
Recent canine research on bifidobacterium bifidum revealed positive changes: blood serum triglyceride levels decreased, and phagocytic activity by leukocytes (immune system) increased . For lactobacillus acidophilus, research indicates this strain survives well in dogs and is likely to be a good candidate for probiotic treatment . General research on probiotics reported an improvement from dysbiosis to normal balance of microbial flora following prebiotic treatment .
Dog owner’s perspective
What do I need to know about this supplement for my dog?
The NWC Naturals Total-Biotics supplement is stable, safe, and effective for at least three months if stored at room temperature. Storing it in the refrigerator will extend shelf-life an additional six months. Storing it in the freezer will extend shelf-life for at least a full year. A scoop is provided with the supplement for proper dosage of 1 scoop per 1 cup of food on a daily basis. This supplement is suggested by the manufacturer for use along with their Total-Zymes supplement.
Why should I give this supplement to a healthy dog?
Daily exposure to environmental factors, and even stress, can weaken your dog’s digestive system. Adding healthful probiotics can help with digestion, which results in more nutrients reaching your dog’s system and improving health.
How will it affect my dog’s health?
If your dog is on any type of veterinary-recommended antibiotic treatment, chances are that his natural intestinal flora have been diminished. The supplement can restore the natural biotic population, as well as adding additional bacteria to assist in normal digestion.
Are there any side-effects?
This product has been thoroughly tested and is safe when used as directed. Always remember to check with your veterinary before administration of any supplement.
In cases where dog owners wish to supplement their dog’s diet, use of NWC Total-Biotics can provide nutritional support. This supplement may be particularly useful following veterinary treatment with antibiotics. The use of probiotics is growing in popularity as the overall heath advantages for canines are observed.
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- Hooda, S et al. Current state of knowledge: the canine gastrointestinal microbiome. Anim Health Res Rev. 2012 Jun;13(1):78-88. doi: 10.1017/S1466252312000059
- Grzeskowiak, L. et al. Pathogen exclusion properties of canine probiotics are influenced by the growth media and physical treatments simulating industrial processes. J Appl Microbiol. 2014 May;116(5):1308-14. doi: 10.1111/jam.12477
- Tang, Y. et al. Strain-specific detection of orally administered canine jejunum-dominated Lactobacillus acidophilus LAB20 in dog faeces by real-time PCR targeted to the novel surface layer protein. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2013 Oct;57(4):330-5. doi: 10.1111/lam.12117
- Rossi, G. Comparison of microbiological, histological, and immunomodulatory parameters in response to treatment with either combination therapy with prednisone and metronidazole or probiotic VSL#3 strains in dogs with idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease. PLoS One. 2014 Apr 10;9(4):e94699. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094699
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