How many CFU's make a probiotic effective? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 01-22-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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How many CFU's make a probiotic effective?

I kind of have 2 questions for this thread.

1) Is a powder probiotic just as good as a paste probiotic?

2) How many CFU (colony forming units) is necessary in a powder form to actually be effective?

I have a horse that must be on stall rest for 1 to 3 weeks from an injury, and he's used to being in a free-range pasture 24/7. So I am currently "borrowing" powder probiotic from the couple I board with to keep his insides moving normally as much as possible (along with feeding him hay 3 times a day so it is spread out). But I am looking to buy my own probiotic for him during his stall stay.

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-23-2013, 11:59 AM
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You would want something in the 1 billion, 10 (9) CFU range. What types of yeast products are in it are just as important to it's effectiveness. A probiotic is not going to "keep things moving along". It will improve the digestion efficiency and utilization. Plain old hay will keep things moving along. A paste will be more expensive and often mixed with vitamins but it won't be any more effective than the powder,
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-23-2013, 01:20 PM
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Ditto in the billions.

I use Equi-Shine's "Daily Start" because it contains oligosaccharides, which are a PRE-biotic. Pre-biotics can be more important than probiotics.

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It's also high in Vitamins A, E, C; all of which are needed immune system boosters.

I feed one serving daily.

I buy the product from Drs. Foster-Smith but if you decide to try this and find it cheaper somewhere else, please post; or if you find something better, please post

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-23-2013, 01:46 PM
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Go on line and check in to Water Kefir. All sorts of places where you can buy it and how to make Kefir water that is full of probiotics. I bo't mine in Canada for a total cost of $6 which included mailing. It looks sort of like pearls. If you follow the simple directions it will multiply and double within days. No need to buy fancy equipment but it shouldn't touch metal so you may have to buy a plastic strainier/sieve, with holes much smaller than a colander. You can add the resultant water to his feed, or the "grains" will multiply and you can feed the extras to him. This way you know he's getting good healthy live probiotics.
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