FAQ - regarding dogs

  • ProBiotic LIVE is adjusted to meet all the nutritional requirements of the dog, and can be used as a standard diet.
  • To minimize the risk of over-weight it is important only to give the recommended amount of food. It is recommended to feed the dog a minimum of two meals throughout the day to give the dog a better sense of satiety.
  • If in doubts about whether the dog is fed accurately it can be a good idea to weigh it regularly. By doing so one will see if the dog loses or gains weight so that the amount of food can be adjusted.
  • Make sure the dog always has access to fresh cold water.

Especially large breed dogs are sensitive to large amounts of calcium in the puppy food. LIVE PUPPY contains 1,4 % of calcium, but the content should be compared to the amount of energy in the food, since there is a difference between how much food a Labrador and a Chihuahua needs. Studies recommend a content of calcium between 1,5 and 3,5 g Ca pr. 1000 kcal.
14 g Ca pr. kg of food
4240 kcal pr. kg of food

(14 g Ca/kg)/(4240 kcal/kg )× 1000 kcal = 3,3 g Ca

As the calculation shows, LIVE PUPPY contains the correct amount of calcium recommended for puppy food suitable for all breeds.

From birth and throughout upbringing puppies need safety, love and attention. A safe environment gives a puppy the best possible conditions for learning and growing. Other than that, it is important that the puppy is fed according to its nutritional needs. ProBiotic LIVE ensures the puppy the best nutritional conditions and supplies probiotic bacteria to help maintain a balanced microflora and healthy digestion. This way the puppy is given the best conditions for a good start in life.

Some dogs love to eat things they find and can always locate “great” treats when they are for instance out for a walk. It is not always possible to detect what and how much a dog eats this way, and therefore it can be difficult to adjust its daily food ration accordingly. It is advisable to keep the dog from eating stuff on the walks because these things can sometimes lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Searching for food is an instinct for many dogs and teaching them not to follow their instincts can be quite difficult. The problem can sometimes be solved by feeding the dog before taking it out, to give it a sense of satiety. This may take the edge of the dogs’ interest in scraps and other “delicious” things.

Eating stools is not an abnormal behavior for dogs. However, it is often very unpleasant for the owner. Some say the problem is caused by nutritional deficits whilst others seem to think it is a behavioral issue (e.g. an attempt to keep the territory clean). There is no simple explanation to the phenomenon, and whilst some puppies grow out of it, some dogs will continue to eat stools throughout their entire lives. Dogs has a natural interest in things with a strong odor and therefore it can be very difficult to overcome the habit of eating faeces.

Most dogs eat grass occasionally, but there is no simple explanation as to why. In some cases the grass can cause vomiting and therefore some dogs will eat grass if they have stomach issues. Some dogs will lick on or chew the grass if it smells good, for instance if a bitch in heat had peed in it. Grass is not digested by the dog and will therefore just pass through the intestinal system.

Yes, ProBiotic LIVE contains easy digestible protein, and therefore it is a suitable choice for dogs with a sensitive digestion. The daily allocation of probiotics ensures the optimal balance of the digestive system and decreases the risk of developing diarrhea.

Many dog owners experience their dog being very interested in cat food. The cause of this is often the fact that cat food has a stronger smell than that of dog food. Generally, it is not harmful for a dog to eat cat food occasionally. However, the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats are very different, and therefore it is not advisable for a dog and cat to share food. Other than that, most cat food contains a great deal more calories than dog food. Hence, there is an increased risk of the dog becoming over-weight if it eats cat food.

It is completely natural for dogs to scratch occasionally. However, there can be many causes if a dog starts scratching more than usual. A dry skin and coat, skin infections, fleas or allergies can cause it. Whatever the cause consulting a vet is always a good idea if dogs suddenly starts scratching more than usual, thereby ensuring the correct treatment.
In the case of food intolerance or a dry and scaly coat ProBiotic LIVE will usually be beneficial. The feed contains hydrolyzed proteins and no grains. Other than that, it has a high content of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, which supports the barrier of the skin and helps to restore a thick shiny coat.

Generally, dogs are omnivorous, and they are not always very selective when it comes to choosing food-sources. Dogs can easily digest both meat and plants, and if the diet is composed of the right ingredients, dogs are able to survive as vegetarians. However, meat is a great source of protein, and other than adding taste to the food meat also has a better-balanced content of amino acids than grains. Besides, many vitamins and minerals are natural components of meat, so if the dog is not fed meat it is important to make sure these vitamin and mineral requirements are met by supplements. Many amino acids are vital to the dog e.g. carnitine, methionine and cysteine.

There can be many causes to dogs having a bad breath, and the problem is often of great inconvenience to the owner who has to socialize with the dog every day. The cause of the problem can be maldigestion and the fact that acid or food accumulates in the stomach, but infections in the teeth, gums or lip folds can also cause bad breath. By giving the dog probiotics optimal digestion is ensured, thus decreasing the risk of bad breath because of the accumulation of acid or food in the stomach.

The reason for maize to cause behavioral problems, apparently is the assumption that maize affects the serotonin level in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical compound found in the brain, and is biochemically derived from the amino acid tryptophan. It is thought to be a contributor of feelings of well-being and happiness. Maize has a low content of tryptophan, but since maize is never the sole food source for your dog, the problem with low serotonin levels because of a low tryptophan intake will never occur. Besides there are no scientific proof that food containing maize affects the behavior of dogs.

Older, neutered and inactive dogs may have a tendency to become overweight. Overweight must be avoided at all costs since obesity in dogs has the same consequences as seen in humans. Increased risk of joint problems, diabetes or problems with the heart are some of the consequences associated with obesity. LIVE SENIOR contains the same good nutrients as ADULT only with a lower calorie content. LIVE SENIOR is the optimal choice for the older dog who is not as active, or the neutered dog with a tendency to overweight.

Changing a dogs diet to ProBiotic LIVE does not require a gradual transition. The containment of probiotics ensures an optimal digestion from day one.

Dogs with diarrhea require an easily digestible diet and nutrients that are absorbed well. By using ProBiotic LIVE one ensures these requirements are met. Other than that, the addition of ProBiotics quickly helps to restore the normal balance in the intestinal system, hereby aiding to a quick recovery.

There can be many causes as to why a dog stops eating. It can be signs of disease, but can also be because the food has not been stored correctly, or simply that the dog does not like a new taste or brand. Some types of pet food are not produced from an exact recipe, which means the taste of the food can vary from sack to sack. This is not the case with ProBiotic LIVE, because it is produced after the same recipe every time. This ensures same quality and taste in every sack. Other than that, all kibbles are coated with salmon oil, which also helps to improve the palatability, even for very choosy dogs.

Yes, the kibble contains many small gaps of air, which motivate the dog to chew instead of swallowing the food. When the dog chews the kibble, it has a mechanical impact on the teeth and gums. This mechanical impact helps to prevent the formation of tartar. Other than that, the kibble is hardened so it does not crumble in the sack, and these hardened kibbles also motivates the dog to chew.

Salmon in rearing are often fed food containing red dye in order to make the salmon look extra appetizing to the consumer. Salmon from the wild are naturally orange colored because they eat shellfish, which contains natural dye. The salmon in ProBiotic LIVE comes from the wild, hence it does not contain the artificial red dye, which is what potentially colors light dogs around the mouths. Using ProBiotic LIVE eliminates that risk.

Very active dogs require extra energy, proteins and minerals. Therefore, they need the correct amount of food to ensure these requirements are met. Dog food contains three sources of energy – protein, starch and fat, where fat contains more energy since it contains 2,5 times as much energy than does starch and protein. Hence, active dogs require extra amounts of especially fat and proteins. The proteins contained within the food has to be easily absorbed in order for the dog to utilize it the best, which is why it is important that the protein source is of high quality. ProBiotic LIVE is adapted to ensure an active dog the best possible exploit of the nutrients. The added probiotics helps to keep the digestive system balanced to make sure the dogs performs at its best. For active dogs the daily ration of food should be increased. Recommendations are available at the back of the sack. As an alternative, it is possible to deal with the increased energy requirements by supplementing with LIVE PUPPY.
Other than ensuring the active dog best nutritional conditions it is important that the dog always has access to fresh cold water. It might also be a good idea to bring an energy rich supplement to give the dog during breaks. It is advisable not to feed the dog right before it has to work, and at the earliest 2 hours after.

Dogs are pregnant an average of 63 days (9 weeks) and during the first 5 weeks, the energy requirements of the bitch do not change significantly because less than 30 % of the fetal growth happens during this time. The fact that the fetuses grow as little during the first weeks of gestation means that a vigorous growth happens during the last 3-4 weeks. This puts a lot of pressure on the bitch, and therefore it is important to feed her properly to make sure her energy requirement are met. It is recommended to switch to a good quality puppy food in this period, because puppy food contains much more energy than adult food. This means the bitch can eat smaller portions, but still receive the amount of energy she needs for the growth of the puppies. Eating large portions can be difficult for her at this time because the puppies put pressure on the stomach.
During the first time after birth it is important the bitch receives all the food she can eat and large amounts of water, because she needs enormous amounts of energy to produce milk for the puppies. She can use up to three times as much energy as normal, depending on the size of the litter, and therefore she should continue eating puppy food in this period. Probiotic LIVE PUPPY can be used during pregnancy and nursing, since all energy requirements are met. Other than that, the daily allocation of probiotics helps to keep the digestion of the bitch balanced during a period of exposure to many different stressors.