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Digestive Enzymes And Probiotics, Do Our Dogs NEED Them?

What are Probiotics you ask?

In nature, animals know to seek out those foods that satisfy their nutritional needs. For example; free roaming wolves hunt grazing animals whenever possible.  Before eating muscle or bone, the wolves feast on stomach contents, the liver, pancreas and intestines – in other words, they are gorging on enzyme-laden tissues. Wolf pups are weaned and maintained on regurgitated food, also heavily laced with digestive enzymes. Unless we provide the same food a wolf enjoys in the wild, adding a digestive enzyme supplement to each meal may be essential for optimum digestion and overall good health. Many digestive tract problems can be solved just by the addition of digestive enzymes.

Probiotics are your pets (and your own) body’s first line of defense against the all the potentially harmful microorganisms that your pet or yourself inhale or ingest. Probiotics are another term for these friendly bacteria that live and work in the gastrointestinal tract every day of our life. Think of them as a mighty bacterial army that defends the body against dangerous invaders. Having sufficient numbers of these friendly bacteria in residence can help prevent a wide range of health problems.

Here is an excerpt from an article obtained from Dr. Beau Diskin about Probiotics:
There are two types of bacteria, which colonize our bodies, good and harmful bacteria. Good bacteria, most of which are Lactic Acid bacteria ensure good health. They normally inhabit the intestines and are critical in maintaining the correct balance of our intestinal microflora. However, to achieve this they must be present in optimal numbers, types and ratio (85% beneficial to 15% non-beneficial)…

Probiotics are live and beneficial bacteria. They maintain and restore a healthy gut. Probiotic are absolutely necessary to help:

1. Manufacture B group vitamins, biotin and folic acid.
2. Reduce blood cholesterol levels.
3. Produce natural antibiotics, which can protect against harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E.Coli and shigella.
4. Regulate and stimulate many aspects of the immune system.
5. Improve lactose intolerance.
6. Display significant anti-oxidant activity.
7. Inhibit the growth of some yeast (eg. Candida Albicans).
8. Detoxify harmful chemicals and carcinogens from the body via the intestinal system.
9. Increase energy levels.
10. Regulate and increase hormone levels.
11. Remove toxins ingested through foods (eg. Pesticides and Herbicides).
12. Absorb nutrients, antioxidants and iron from your diet.
13. Removal of toxins as waste products of digestion.
14. Reduce food intolerance (eg. Lactose and Gluten).
15. Reduce inflammation.
16. Digestion of food.”

The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain reported that 90% of chronic diseases are caused from an unhealthy intestinal system primarily the colon.

There exists a connection between imbalance in the intestines and the following: Arthritis, Candida/Thrush, Chronic Fatigue (does not relate to dogs or cats) , Asthma, Hayfever, Food Allergies, Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Irritable Bowel, Celiac Disease, Indigestion, Constipation, Lupus, Low Immune System.

Pets with large amounts of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of unhealthy organisms. So, if pets are to maintain a healthy body, they need large quantities of friendly bacteria. Supplement a well-balanced diet with a high quality pet probiotic and give your pet the health that he most certainly deserves.

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