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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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I recently started adding a good quality probiotic to the rabbit/chicken mix when I feed. I add it at the time I feed, but I'm wondering if I can add it to the mix when I make my medallions, or if it would degrade the potency to much when it's frozen? It's always such a pain to do it at the time I feed, and try to divy it up evenly.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 05:35 PM
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I am by no means claiming to be qualified to answer this question, but I found this quote:

"Freeze–thawing

The damages made to cell membranes freezing probiotics is detrimental to survival, and also can make the cells more vulnerable to environmental stresses. To prevent or at least mitigate cell injury, protectants are usually added to cultures to be frozen or dried. Once frozen, probiotics can survive well over long shelf lives in products such as frozen yogurts and ice-cream. Using alternative methods of freezing, such as slow-cooling rates or pre-freezing stress, can significantly improve cell survival. Repeated freeze–thawing cycles are highly detrimental to cell survival and should be avoided."

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Probiotic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

From what I gather, there are probiotics meant to be frozen and can survive the process, but it's not your everyday variety. You should consult with your supplier or the manufacturer of the product your are using to make sure you got the right stuff.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 11:26 AM
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I would say that yes, freezing would very well likely destroy the probiotic. I recently read a great book on (human) nutrition by Dr. Jonny Bowden which stated that frozen yogurt wasn't really healthful as the probiotics cannot survive freezing. While I know this particular example is a little out of context from your situation, it does seem to suggest that the same would happen with any probiotic.

Understand what youre going through, though. I give my cat Cosequin at every meal, and it always provides an extra challenge... especially since I'm only giving it to one cat and not that other. Good luck!
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Thank you for the responses!! I did end up contacting the manufacturer, and they assured me, this brand is safe to be frozen, so I'm going to give it a go, and see what happens. Thank you again!
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Yay! Glad to hear
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