A report in the October 2002 Canadian Veterinary Journal evaluated the use of Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG (LGG) as a potential probiotic for dogs. LGG is also known as the commercially available Culturelle. LGG can survive human stomach acid and bile to colonize the gut to treat several forms of diarrhea. (Be sure to take it with you to Mexico!).
The dog study demonstrated that LGG can survive gastrointestinal transit in dogs without apparent adverse effects. LGG persists longer in people than in their pets. The studied implied larger doses of Culturelle are necessary for pets vs. humans to achieve colonization. However, mucosal colonization was not measured in the study. The report encourages efficacy studies and does not consider LGG a canine probiotic at this point.
At the Animal Doctor we have utilized Culturelle for dogs and cats for fifteen years. We recommend several other probiotics as well. We feel each probiotic product has a niche. Clients have been very satisfied with Culturelle as a preventative during diet transition, times of stress, and as a treatment for mild diarrhea.
We generally dispense syringable, microencapsulated probiotics for inappetant dogs or cats. A veterinary labeled, enteric-coated L.acidophilus (called Azodyl) is often prescribed for patients with kidney disease. The new Mercola Pet Probiotics canister is a fantastic blend of beneficial bacteria for pets with inflammatory bowel disease or for multi-pet households.
Probiotics are the most important supplement to add if processed food is continually consumed. (i.e. McDonald’s or Kibbles ‘n’ Bits)
Reference: Can Vet J 2002 October; 43(10): 771-774