When to Use Probiotic Products

Animals experience digestive upset and reduced appetite when the natural balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system has been disrupted. The number of pathogens increases while the number of beneficial organisms decreases, causing digestive upsets including diarrhea, constipation and discomfort. Probiotics help maintain the normal microbial balance in the gut and support the overall health of the animal. Probiotics may help maintain normal appetite and digestion during:

  • Change in environment
  • Change in feed or diet
  • Birthing (freshening)
  • Shipping or receiving
  • Traveling
  • Kenneling
  • Veterinary visits
  • Hospitalization
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Vaccination
  • Intense training
  • Competition

The Most Widely Recognized, Researched and Used Brand of Probiotics

More than 95 individual studies using Probios® products have been performed at universities and under practical field conditions throughout the United States and the world. These trials, involving more than 30,000 animals, have shown the positive results of Probios® microbial products in a variety of species, including dairy, beef, swine, and sheep. Additional studies have shown the positive results of Probios® probiotics in starter, grower and finisher pigs, chickens, turkeys, and horses.

Quality Products You Can Trust

Vets Plus, Inc. is the exclusive manufacturer of Probios® microbial products in the U.S.A. Vets Plus is Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certified. Vets Plus is an audited member and preferred supplier of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC). The specific probiotic strains used in Probios® products are obtained from Chr. Hansen, a Danish company with expertise in probiotics used in both the human and animal industries.

Probiotics are delicate microorganisms, so great care is taken in the manufacturing process to ensure the bacteria are stable and available for use once consumed by the animal. The Enterococcus faecium is spray-dried using a heat process while the Lactobacillus strains are freeze-dried using proprietary operations that protect the stability of the bacteria. This ensures the bacteria available to the animal will meet the product label guarantee all the way through the expiration date. These lactic acid bacteria are sensitive to water, so patented moisture scavenging ingredients are added to the mixture to help keep the bacteria alive.

Because lactic acid bacteria are sensitive to heat and moisture, specific strains of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis are incorporated in the baked treats and soft chews. These bacteria have similar benefits for digestive health, but are much hardier. Bacillus bacteria produce spores (seeds) which survive the heat of manufacturing and are not negatively affected by contact with water.

The strains of bacteria used in Probios® products have been selected after careful analysis to ensure the label guarantees are met. The right amount of microbes will be available to provide the animal with digestive support through the expiration date.