FAQ For Dogs
FAQ FOR DOGS
Q. Where is MICROMED for Dogs made?
MICROMED for Dogs is proudly developed and manufactured here in New Zealand, within our family-run business, where the brewing is completed every few weeks, to ensure the product is as fresh as it can possibly be, to arrive by courier, being that it is a live formulation of powerful microbes.
Q. What is MICROMED for Dogs?
MICROMED for Dogs is made up of a powerful, organically-based, proprietary blend of over 80 different strains of live, naturally-occurring beneficial micro-organisms. It is a completely natural pro-biotic, the only other ingredient being water.
Q. Is MICROMED for Dogs registered as a veterinary medicine?
The active ingredients in MICROMED for Dogs are all listed on the Ministry for Primary Industries GRAS list (generally recognised as safe). We qualified for exemption under the ACVM (agricultural products and veterinary medicines) act in 2013.
Q. How long does MICROMED for Dogs take to work?
This can vary from dog to dog and depends on the severity of the case. Most cases will be resolved within 7 to 10 days, with twice daily application. A weekly spray of MICROMED for Dogs once the acute situation has resolved should stop the pathogenic bacteria from proliferating in the future. In saying this, a multi-pronged approach is recommended, such that diet is addressed, namely kibble and processed dog food being phased out and a ‘raw food’ or BARF diet recommended, wherever possible. If there are digestive issues with commencement of a raw-food or BARF, it is recommended you contact Maria, Naturopathic Nutritionist, to undertake a more individualised programme. Other factors at play, that can complicate the picture, are that many dogs are suffering not only gut dysbiosis or bacterial imbalance, but in addition, Leaky Gut, which can slow down the healing process. Again, please do contact Maria if you suspect this may be the case with your dog. In these situations it may take a month to six weeks, with additional recommendations, to resolve the presenting condition.
Q. Can I use MICROMED for Dogs alongside systemic antibiotic or anti-bacterial medications I may be using on my dog?
Systemic antibiotics are likely to impact the effectiveness of MICROMED for Dogs. Topical biocides such as tea tree oil, iodine and chlorhexidine are designed to kill all bacteria, good and bad. These products will kill the good microbes MICROMED for Dogs is trying to introduce to the dog’s biome. MICROMED for Dogs is a completely natural pro-biotic and is a stand alone system for minor bacterial and fungal problems.
Q. Can I spray MICROMED for Dogs directly onto broken skin?
We recommend spraying around any ‘broken skin’ initially for the first few days, as the live microbes will migrate from the outside in, to initiate healing, and avoiding spraying directly on the broken skin circumvents any ‘sting’ from the MICROMED formulation, due to its natural, mild acidity. If there is no broken skin you are fine to spray liberally over the skin of the animal to ensure the skin is wet, but not dripping. The other option is to decant a small amount of the formulation to last you a few days, into a sterilised glass container and dilute this by 50% with bottled and chlorine-free water, to then use on any ‘broken skin’.
Q. How do I spray MICROMED for Dogs in my dog’s ears, and what if they do not like this?
We recommend, for the comfort of your dog, using a dropper to decant a few drops, and to simply drop one drop into each ear, morning and night, then gently massage the ear area immediately to ensure the dog does not shake his head and disperse the ‘drop’ from inside the ear, negating the dose. If a dog really does not like this process, you can take sterile cotton lengths and twist one into a spiral and use this to dip it into the formulation and then gently twist into the ‘upper’ part of the ear, as if cleaning the outer ear canal. We do not recommend using ear sticks or cotton balls.
Q. Does MICROMED for Dogs need to be refrigerated?
No, although the formulation is a pro-biotic it does not need to be refrigerated. The live formulation thrives best in a cool, dark environment with a temperature range of between 10 and 30 degrees.
Q. Does my dog need to wear a cone to stop him biting or licking his wound or do I bandage it?
If your dog is suffering a condition where he/she is incessantly licking or biting an area that has become infected then we do recommend using a deterrent and we particularly like the ‘pool noodle’ cut into chunks and threaded onto your dogs collar as a deterrent, allowing enough time for the wound to heal, before removing. Usually it is not necessary to resort to bandaging and to allow air circulation of a wound is generally recommended but if in doubt please do contact Maria, or your veterinarian.
Q. Should my dog be isolated due to being contagious?
There are certain conditions where isolation from other pets are recommended, such as ringworm and mange, and therefore all bedding should be sterilised and any environments the dog has been in, such as the car or the bedroom, sprayed with MicroMed for Dogs too, if possible.
Q. Should I be worried if my dog licks MICROMED for Dogs once sprayed?
Not at all, in fact, as the formulation is a live pro-biotic, if the microbes gain access to the digestive system this then enables the microbes to begin their invaluable work internally as well as externally, and where many dogs are suffering gut dysbiosis we see this as an added advantage. We have found that many dogs (and horses) really like the taste (it has a vinegary taste) and we only know about one dog so far who did not like the smell of it, but did get used to it.
Q. Can you apply too much MICROMED for Dogs?
We recommend spraying twice a day and until the condition is resolved however if the condition is still present one month later, or at any time worsens, please do contact Maria and also ensure you have a diagnosis from your vet in case it is not fungal or bacterial in nature and this is the reason it is not resolving with MICROMED for Dogs. As the formulation is slightly acidic we do not recommend spraying more than three times a day, although there may be instances where it is recommended such as if your dog licks it off every time you spray it on. Please do feel free to contact Maria to check on this.
Q. If I miss a day what happens?
If you miss a day it is not the end of the world but we do recommend trying to be as consistent as possible, spraying twice a day. If you do miss a day, the healing process can be delayed. Depending on the situation, it may give the pathogenic bacteria or fungi the opportunity to take hold again so we do recommend being as vigilant as possible, especially in the first week.
Q. Do I spray externally only or can I spray it in their mouths?
Our recommendation is to spray it on their skin or to use in their ears however dogs do lick themselves and this process is all good as far as we are concerned. We were granted exemption under the veterinary medicines act for external use however it is GRAS approved (generally recognised as safe).