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Home Made Probiotics for Your Pets

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Fermented foods are a great source of vitamins, minerals and most of all beneficial bacteria. The balance of bacteria in the gut has a vital role in your pet’s immune function and digestive health.

While there are many great probiotics on the market, fermented foods have a couple of great advantages. Fermented foods often contain more bacteria compared with probiotics and have a greater variety of bacterial strains.

Making your own probiotics for your pets is also more economical compared with many commercial probiotics.

In the video above, I give you a quick tutorial on making fermented berries. These berries are my favorite, as they only take 24 hours to ferment and are a really tasty treat for the whole family!

To make these delicious berries, all you need is:


1 cup of blueberries

1 tablespoon of honey

3 tablespoons of water

¼ teaspoon of vegetable culture starter


Mix the water, the honey and the culture starter in a bowl. Place the blueberries in mason jar. Pour the honey/water mixture over the blueberries until all the berries are submerged. Leave it out on counter out of direct sunlight for 24 hours. You can store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Feeding Instructions:

Give as a treat or with meals. The following are guidelines to start your dog or cat on fermented blueberries.

Small dog/cats: Start with one blueberry on food twice daily.

Medium dog: Start with two blueberries on food twice daily.

Large dog: Start with three to four blueberries on food twice daily.

This amount can be increased gradually. Please discontinue and consult with your veterinarian if diarrhea or vomiting occur.

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14 thoughts on “Home Made Probiotics for Your Pets”

    1. Hi Jennifer. It definitely could be made with cranberries. It may be a bit tart, but it’s worth trying. Let us know how it goes! JoJo

  1. If we have yogurt starter around the house can we use that or do you recommend only using vegetable?

    1. Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

      Hi Scarlett!

      Good question! You could absolutely try the yogurt starter! Will you keep us posted on how it goes?


  2. My daughter’s cat/kitten has Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Disease & has frequent episodes of “explosive” diarrhea. should she be on a probiotic diet? The Vet gave her some type of probiotic powder to sprinkle on the food but she stopped this when the kitten stopped with having the aforementioned episodes. Are there recipes she can prepare & store/ stock up on in her freezer instead of buying the very costly ones that may have preservatives or other ingredients that can be non-conducive for her kitcats? She has rescued 3 females & works a lot of hours. Someone please help!!

    1. Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

      Hi Barb,

      We love probiotics! You could absolutely try a home made probiotic from this recipe. We do sell both Thorne Bacillus CoagulansVet probiotic and the RxBiotic. Both are not home made, but are excellent quality.

      Additionally, have you read Dr. Angie’s blogs about IBD in cats? Here is part 1, and here is part 2.

      I hope that this information helps!


  3. My cats are not your ordinary felines as they turn their noses up at all meats, egg, milk and seafood but will eat spinach, spring mix, and brussel sprout leaves. Any advise on getting them to enlarge their diets since one is in the early stage kidney disease and the other it prone to UTI’s, they are both fixed males ages 9 and 10 respectfully. Thank you and I will be trying he homemade broth recipe tonight on a whim …

    1. Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

      Hi Tina,

      Thank you for reaching out!

      You’re so right – they are not your ordinary kitties! 🙂

      Have you read Dr. Angie’s blog discussing her holistic treatment of chronic kidney disease in cats? If you haven’t read it yet, here is the blog. It has a wealth of information, that may help your one cat in earth kidney disease.

      For both kitties, ideally the best diet would be wet food (the extra moisture will be helpful for both kidney health and for your kitty who is prone to UTI’s). Will they eat wet food? Have you tried a variety of brands? Some of the brands that we like are: Wellness, I & Love & You, Stella & Chewys, just to name a few!

      I hope this helps! Keep us posted!


    1. Dr. Angie Krause, DVM

      Hi Peggy,

      I apologize for our delay!

      We were making moss adjustments to our website, if you revisit the blog here, you will see the video added!

      I hope this helps!


  4. Nice show-and-tell. Thank you for sharing. I’ve been sharing my probiotics with my cats—which we all dig. Alas, good probiotics are expensive. Hence, looking for other alternatives. …Thank you, again, and God Bless.

    1. Jacquie Edie, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

      Hi Carrie,

      I’m glad you found this article helpful! Commercial pro-biotics are convenient but they sure can be expensive! Making your own pro-biotic is a great cost effective alternative and can be a fun science project! If you try it out, let us know how it goes. Happy fermenting!


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