Human-Grade strains are harvested from a variety of sources including humans, soils, fungi, and animals. Human-Grade means Food-Grade, or something suitable for human consumption. Human-Grade is a term used in the nutraceutical industry to establish the quality and standards that need to be in place in order to manufacture products that can be consumed by humans. Feed-grade means that certain products are manufactured specifically for animals only, and are NOT to be consumed by humans.
3 things to know when choosing the right probiotic for your dog.
Higher CFU Count
Choosing Human-grade enables us to provide dogs with a greater CFU count, target specific areas of the gut and be more effective. Feed Grade probiotics generally have a lower CFU (Colony Forming Unit) count, or the number of living cells that are available in each dose, compared to those made for humans.
From a formula standpoint, human-grade means each ingredient is human-grade, as opposed to feed-grade where none or only some ingredients are human-grade. Multiple strains of probiotics, prebiotics, and herbs work together to enhance their specific function in the GI tract. Most dog supplements are generally Feed-Grade unless stated otherwise.
There are only a handful of manufacturers who truly understand the entire process and are able to produce strains that are commercially stable. For human-grade probiotics, which are used for foods and supplements, this process is even more complex and stringent because all of the high demands required to build human-grade type products.
To learn more about the difference between Human-Grade and Feed-Grade, visit our Blog post titled - Probiotics: Are human probiotics good for dogs? Is there a difference between human-grade probiotics vs. dog-grade probiotics?