Costco members will ;nd a variety of
healthy pet foods with prebiotics and
probiotics, as well as foods for younger,
older and overweight pets, in the warehouses and on Costco.com. Costco and
Costco.com also offer pet beds, ;ea and
tick control items, treats, grooming and
training products, kennels, crates and more.
Prebiotic fiber is a special type of
fiber. Dried chicory root is a rich source
of this fiber. Other prebiotics include
inulin, a water-soluble prebiotic fiber
derived from chicory root, and fructooli-gosaccharides, oligosaccharides (
carbohydrates) that occur naturally in plants.
These fiber sources can provide an excellent source of fuel to your pet’s digestive
system to support the probiotic bacteria.
Probiotics have complex names that
you may recognize from the yogurt you
buy for yourself; examples include dried
Lactobacillus acidophilus, dried Bifido-
bacterium animalis and dried L. reuteri.
Probiotics in pet food are specially pre-
pared in order to protect their viability
for the duration of the shelf life of the
food. They must be added to the food
after it is cooked, because the heat would
kill live bacteria. The label should include
a guaranteed analysis stating that
the product contains
isms.” This will
ensure that the food
contains the live pro-
biotics for the most
benefit to your pet.
Pet nutrition has
come a long way in
for a long, healthy life. Specialty ingredi-
ents like prebiotics and probiotics can
enhance your pet’s diet for optimal diges-
tion and overall good health. C
Melissa Brookshire is a doctor of veterinary
medicine and the founder of North River
Enterprises, a pet food industry–consulting
group ( northriverenterprises.com).
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Reduces Plaque & Tartar
Grain-Free • Gluten-Free
Helps Clean Teeth
No Arti;cial Colors,
Flavors or Preservatives
See box for feeding guidelines.
Not suitable for dogs under 5 lbs.
Recommended for dogs 6 months of age or older.
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