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    Default Kefir - anyone used it with their dogs?

    I have just started making water kefir, a probiotic drink.
    Yemoos Nourishing Cultures | Water Kefir FAQ ( info)
    I am impressed with it and love the taste.I have read online that people have had success with their dogs using it. Especially dogs with serious digestive issues.
    We don't have that problem and I might try a bit on Maggie to see how she likes it ( small quantities). Has anyone else used it?
    I know there have been queries from people dealing with bad issues and thought it had the possibility of being helpful.
    I will ask my vet who is keen on natural alternatives.

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    I wonder if Kava gets the same write up. Or Coffee. Red wine and dark Chocolate often do.

    Kefir, Although Rich In Probiotics, Didn't Prevent Diarrhea In Children Using Antibiotics

    Looks like most of the "Scientific" studies are promoted by the kefir sales people. So they're not independent. And there's nothing about the effect on dogs. I think there's some stuff / studies where they fed it to rats.

    Maybe you could start your own study - record what you give, what you give it with, how much you give, when you feed it, and how the dog seems each day (whether the dog gets some or not).

    But we really need a study over a population of thousands of dogs, children and humans. It may be why - if I got to places like Egypt and eat and drink the local supply - I get sick, but the locals don't.

    Although I thought that was more to do with evolution - ie any of them that couldn't cope - died and didn't breed.

    I'm always a bit suspicious of snake oil type promotions ie too good to be true.

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    I think asking my vet is easier..lol
    Water kefir is an ancient beverage, not commercially viable because of the nature of the grains. I have no problems with it, just interested if anyone else had used it.
    It is similar but not the same as the ginger beer plant we all used to use and bottle in the seventies ( who remembers the shed explosions!)
    It is a probiotic so not a cure all just beneficial as a supplement.

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    Is it any better or worse than yogurt?

    My dad exploded a few beer bottles - too much sugar in the mix.

    I know people who still make ginger beer and apple cider - nicer stuff when they get it right than the shop bought stuff.

    I don't know much about how probiotics work or how you'd know which ones work better than others without doing your own study.

    Would be worth a try if you could make your own stuff with your own starter.

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