Why Use Enzymes and Probiotics?
Both enzymes and probiotics are essential to your pet’s overall health, as they play important roles in the digestive process. But, if you’re buying a quality food, why do you still need to add these 2 vital supplements?
This is what breaks down the food your pets eat; protein, carbohydrates and fats. They usually come form 2 sources – the digestive organs AND the natural food that is eaten. However, manufactured food (canned or dry) is processed at temperatures over 118 °F – killing the enzymes in the food.
This means your pets body is taxed to produce more enzymes. Adding an enzyme supplement to the diet restores the natural balance needed for healthy digestion.
Does Your Pet Need Enzymes?
Digestive enzymes should be added if:
- Your pet eats cooked or processed food
- Your pet is changing diets
- Your pet is older
- Your pet suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), colitis, gas or diarrhea
- Your pet has allergies
- Your pet has liver problems
- Your pet is dealing with a long-term illness
- Your pet has a compromised immune system
So … if you pet falls into one of these categories, the answer is YES!
When you pet is in good health, the population of bacteria that lives in its gut is said to be “in balance” – the number of good bacteria outnumber the bad bacteria. Your pet feels good and is able to resist disease and infection because its immune system is stimulated by that “good” bacteria and is functioning well.
Besides digestion and absorption, interaction with the body’s immune system is perhaps one of them most important roles that intestinal bacteria play. However, if the “good” bacteria are depleted, pets have trouble with digestion; including gas, loose stools or diarrhea. They also experience a growth in “bad” bacteria.
Adding probiotics to your pets diet replenishes the good bacteria to the digestive tract. They restore a healthy gut, aid in digestion, reduce gas, form firmer stools as well as check the growth of bad bacteria.
Good bacteria are your pets first line of defense.
When Does Your Pet Need Probiotics?
We recommends using them all the time. However we strongly urge you to add them:
- When your pet is stressed (ie from traveling, boarding)
- Following surgery
- After taking antibiotics (that kill both good and bad bacteria)
- If your pet suffers from IBS or IBD
- If you pet is older
Probiotics help to inhibit the growth of some yeast and help detoxify the body from harmful chemicals and carcinogens.
The good news is that many companies now make one supplement that combines the enzymes and probiotics together, making it easier and cost effective.