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Probiotic Superhero for Dogs: Bifidobacterium Animalis

In recent years, diarrhea has become a formidable foe in the canine colon—bolstering its pathogenic army with the bacterium Clostridium difficile. Wide use of antibiotics have made C. difficile a resilient and robust soldier for diarrhea, and as its name suggests, a difficult enemy to defeat. But in the latest studies of canine diarrhea, researchers have found a hero strain of probiotic that disarms its pathogenic army and champions canine colon health—that strain is Bifidobacterium animalis.

Bifidobacterium animalis.

Bifidobacterium animalis, or B. animalis, as it is affectionately called, has been well studied in canine health, especially in the treatment of canine diarrhea. It has shown to not only annihilate the bacteria that causes dog diarrhea, but acts to improve overall canine gastrointestinal health. In a recent published study, researchers concluded,  B. animalis AHC7 consumption significantly reduced the carriage of Clostridia, in particular Clostridium difficile, in dogs

The fact that B. animalis has such a dramatic effect on C. difficile makes it the number one choice for dealing with acute diarrhea and improving overall gut health. For this reason, B.animalis is incorporated greatly into Probiotic Miracle®, dog probiotic powder blend.


Vet Ther. 2009 Fall;10(3):121-30 Clinical benefits of probiotic canine-derived Bifidobacterium animalis strain AHC7 in dogs with acute idiopathic diarrhea.

Commentary In this study B.animalis on its own reduced the resolution time in half from 6 days to 3. Portrait of a canine probiotic Bifidobacterium--from gut to gut. O'Mahony D, Murphy KB, MacSharry J, Boileau T, Sunvold G, Reinhart G, Kiely B, Shanahan F, O'Mahony L. Vet Microbiol. 2009 Oct 20;139(1-2):106-12. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2009.05.002. Epub 2009 May 19. PMID: 19523775

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