Every culture in the world has its own variety of fermented food. Our ancestors ate fermented foods regularly. The fermentation of foods was necessary since they didn’t have the luxury of refrigeration.

Ancient physicians used fermented foods as a prescription for many diseases. With the extreme use of antibiotics in modern times, the importance of probiotics are again underlined in gut health of man and animal.

Death begins in the colon.

In the early 20th century, Nobel Prize winning scientist Ilya Ilyich Mechinikov (after observing the Bulgarian people in superb health and the 100 year old men and women who were still healthy), came to the conclusion that “Death begins in the colon.” This he attributed to their daily consumption of special bacteria in fermented foods.

He later gave this friendly bacteria the term “Probiotic”.  

Immune System

It is well known that 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract? The human body is home for more than 500 different species of bacteria. A beneficial ratio of good vs bad bacteria is in the region of 85% to 15%. This is why it’s important to add probiotic foods to a diet.  

One of the reasons of eating a healthy diet, enriched with good bacteria is to support the immune system with beneficial gut bacteria.

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms composed of beneficial bacteria that replenish the microflora in your gastrointestinal tract (which aids in digestion and immune enhancement). Probiotics (good bacteria) defends your body against dangerous or foreign organisms. It’s essential to have plenty of these friendly bacteria to prevent a wide range of health problems.

Probiotics are a concentration of healthy supplements containing a wealth of good bacteria. Probiotics help to restore the bacteria balance to the mammalian gut flora so that cats and dogs are healthy, look healthy and act healthy.

The combination of probiotics in the Pierre@ D formula are strains beneficial to canine and feline health. Without the right amount of good bacteria living in our pet’s gastrointestinal system, cats and dogs (just like humans) these animal can suffer from a wide variety of illnesses.


Reasons to Add Probiotic Foods to your pet’s diet.

  1. Probiotic foods help with the proper functioning of the mammalian digestive system.
  2. Fermented supplements will help to heal the lining of the gut and restore its proper function.
  3. Probiotics balance and defend the body against unfriendly bacteria.
  4. Probiotics help maintain the hormonal balance.
  5. Probiotics help to maintain proper immune functioning. One of the main functions of good bacteria is to stimulate the immune response. Probiotics help maintain good intestinal flora which leads to healthy immunity.
  6. Probiotics help supply all B vitamins as well as vitamin A, D, and K.
  7. Probiotics help with the elimination and absorption of nutrients.
  8. Probiotics help with mental and emotional health.
  9. Probiotics help with weight loss. According to research, bad bacteria cause inflammation in the body which leads to weight gain. Thus, probiotics help to fight against inflammation.
  10. Probiotic foods help maintain healthy skin.
  11. Probiotic foods help with urogenital health in women.
  12. Probiotics help rebuild the balanced microflora which is important in fighting yeast infections.

Pierre@ D Probiotics

An honest reflection of the above mentioned illnesses is to be seen in the questions asked on a daily basis on the Pierre@ Dieregesondheid Facebook Page.

Healthy gut bacteria will increase the animal’s energy levels due to optimal absorption of nutrients from food passing through the GI tract

Consider the following illnesses on a daily basis on the Pierre@ D Facebook page

  • Diarrhoea/mild dehydration/irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic skin infections (allergies, dermatitis, yeast and parasitic)
  • Oral diseases (gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth loss, halitosis)

Five specific Strains of Bacteria enhance feline and canine health

  • Enterococcus faecium
  • Bacillus coagulans
  • Bifidobacterium animalis AHC7
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • L. rhamnosus, L. fermentum, L. reuteri and L. salivarius.

1. Enterococcus faecium

Enterococcus faecium replaces “bad” bacteria eradicated by “good” bacteria, which naturally promotes higher levels of anti-inflammatory bacteria in the GI tract. Other properties characterizing the probiotic Enterococcus faecium include:

• Delivers inhibitory effects against shigella, E. coli, salmonella and various enteropathogens

• Works to stop and prevent infectious diarrhoea and antibiotic-induced diarrhoea

• Boosts immune response and stimulates immune system functioning (an action especially important in puppies up to one year old and elderly dogs over nine years old)

• Improves micro floral balance in all dogs undergoing stress

• Increases growth of other good bacteria in the canine GI tract (specifically lactobacilli and bifidobacteria)

2. Bacillus coagulans

This strain of probiotic bacteria is powerfully effective against many kinds of infectious diarrhoea, such as rotaviral, antibiotic-caused and “traveller’s” diarrhoea

Bacillus coagulans also reduces instances of general digestive problems in dogs and helps prevent:

• Irritable bowel syndrome/inflammatory bowel disease

• Ulcerative colitis

• Crohn’s disease

• Clostridium difficile (inflammation of the colon and large intestine)


Although Bacillus coagulans promotes production of lactic acid, it is not a lactic acid bacteria. Unlike lactobacillus, Bacilla coagulans form spores (reproductive structures) that distinguish it from lactic acid bacteria. To veterinarians examining bacteria cultures taken from sick dogs, this is an important feature that facilitates diagnosing and treating illnesses involving the GI tract.

Additionally, the European Food Safety Authority has added Bacilla coagulans to their Qualified Presumption of Safety list.

This probiotic was also approved for veterinary use by the European Union and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Centre for Veterinary Medicine over a decade ago. Moreover, Bacilla coagulans is regularly given to livestock to improve overall health and to female cows, pigs and poultry to prevent yeast infections from harming their reproductive systems.

3. Bifidobacterium animalis AHC7

• Bifidobacteria are vital colonizers of the GI tract and an integral part of a healthy and normal microbiota existing in the intestines, stomach and colon.

• Research results regarding the efficacy of B. animalis AHC7 has found this bacteria to play a substantial role in preventing inflammatory activity, infection and resolving idiopathic canine diarrhoea. In one study using mice as subjects, B. animalis AHC7 actually protected mice against salmonella infection.

• B. animalis has not only demonstrated to decrease severity of acute diarrhoea in dogs but has also shown to increase good bacteria levels and enhance overall intestinal health.

• In a study using dogs with acute diarrhoea, researchers discovered that B. animalis attached to the dogs’ epithelial (lining) cells in the GI tract, rapidly reproduced and significantly weakened the population of diarrhoea-causing bacteria in the intestines.

• Authors of this report concluded that B. animalis “has significant potential for improving canine gastrointestinal health.”

  • Bifidobacterium animalis AHC7 may help protect against salmonella infections.

4. Lactobacillus acidophilus

When humans take a regimen of prescribed antibiotics for an extended period, they are typically advised by their doctor to supplement their diet with Lactobacillus acidophilus to recolonize their GI tract with healthy bacteria.

Additional benefits of L. acidophilus that apply to dogs, as well as people, include:

• The ability to produce acidocin CH5, an L. acidophilus bacteriocin that exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties

• Protection against salmonella and campylobacter jejuni, an infectious bacterial disease causing cramping, stomach pain, fever and diarrhoea

• Providing preventative effects against diarrhoea associated with antibiotic use

• May help reduce cholesterol levels

• Promotes weight gain/growth in puppies and younger dog. Lactobacillus acidophilus helps prevent diarrhoea caused by antibiotic use.

5. L. rhamnosus, L. fermentum, L. reuteri and L. salivarius

All four of these probiotics feature prominently in populations of normal canine microbiota. Along with providing strong anti-microbial activity in the GI tract, these bacteria are also extremely vigorous and capable of significantly modifying and improving inferior intestinal health.

L. reuteri, for example, has been found to be helpful in preventing or alleviating canine intestinal infections.

Benefits of Probiotic Mixtures over Single Strains of Bacteria

Recent studies have shown that probiotic mixtures proved to be more effective against a variety of health issues in contrast to single bacteria strains. End points benefiting by probiotic mixtures include irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea, upper respiratory infections, atopic diseases and modulation of gut microbiota.

In summary, adult dogs and puppies given multi-bacterial probiotic supplements enjoy better health, increased energy, less susceptibility to airborne and skin allergies and minimal problems with most types of gastrointestinal infections that can negatively affect other physiological systems

Pierre van Niekerk 

Probiotics 100 Years After Elie Metchnikoff by Kingsley C. Anukam PhD, MHPM and Gregor Reid PhD, MBA, ARM, CCM

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