Staying Well Part Three

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Lucky is living with us forever, because he is not the most adoptable of dogs. He is a sweetheart but we believe he originally came from a puppy mill. When he came here he needed a good supplement program.

If you missed the other blogs about our wellness program for rescue dogs, begin here.

Whenever I have mentioned that we give our dogs enzymes, I am often stared at in disbelief. The reason is that if you buy an expensive dog food, you think that you are doing everything possible for your dog. I understand this, but like I have said, when you have several rescue dogs, you learn so much more about why a dog doesn’t eat well no matter what food you give them or it has a lot of gas and bloating. You may think you are doing everything right by buying a top quality dog food, but are you really? First learn about why dogs need enzymes.

“Enzymes are “organic catalysts”. They either initiate or speed up chemical reactions in the body, from digestion to tissue repair, and from hormone function to energy production.

Enzymes are present in every cell in both plants and animals; and can exist both in active and inactive forms in cells. They are, however, extremely sensitive and can be permanently inactivated or destroyed by high heat, as well as elements such as chemicals in food preservatives, artificial colorings and flavorings, and so on. ”

Enzymes are needed to digest the food eaten. For this purpose, two types of enzymes can be used to perform this task – the enzymes that come from the food we eat (food enzymes) and the enzymes that are produced internally from the digestive organs (digestive enzymes).”

This is Harry Now. He has gained weight, is healthy and runs as fast as the wind.

When Harry first came to us, he was in a serious emaciated, state. He was covered in fleas, bitten everywhere and his skin was red and itchy. He was so underweight, we thought good food would be of great help to get him healthier. But there was a lot more to it than just food. We tried various diets for Harry and he would cry with gas pains and didn’t want to eat for a full day. We took things out of his diet and tried many formulas, but when Kim did research, she thought it had to be lack of enzymes. Indeed, it was and once we added enzymes to his diet, he quickly improved, could eat everything and gained weight. Best of all, he no longer cried from gas pain.

Once again we buy our enzymes in bulk form and fill a small container.

I also hear many people talk about their dog has arthritis and it is possible than lack of enzymes can be the problem. Read this.

“When there are insufficient food enzymes for dogs, the full digestive burden will be placed on the dog’s pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. The result? An over-stressed digestive system which eventually can lead to improper food digestion and nutrient malabsorption.

And the consequences of improper food digestion? The undigested proteins, fats and carbohydrates promote the growth of unwanted bacteria which, over time, upsets the delicate balance of intestinal microbes, resulting in:

  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • bad breath
  • body odor
  • lethargy and sluggishness

    With improper digestion and nutrient malabsorption, a number of physical problems will arise. Here are some common ones:

  • A compromised immune system
  • Allergies (food, seasonal, etc.)
  • Arthritis (e.g. osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia)
  • Sin problems (e.g. hot spots)
  • Cancer
  • Premature aging”

    Once again, there are hundreds of products on the market for dogs including enzymes. Because we have several dogs, those nicely packaged products are more expensive, so after researching and reading, Kim found bulk enzymes, in a 16oz bag. This is the ingredients in the one we use now.

    INGREDIENTS: dried skimmed milk, dried whey, dried whey product, dried milk protein, fat, lecithin, vitamin a acetate, d-activated animal sterol (source of vitamin D3), dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate (source of vitamin E), riboflavin supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, niacin, choline bitartrate, biotin, folic acid, pyri-doxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, zinc proteinate, sodium selenite, chelated trace minerals (ferrous sulfate, cobalt sulfate, magnesium sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, zinc sulfate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, citric acid and disodium ethylenediamine tetracetate), dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, pancreatin 6x. Each teaspoon (2.8 gms) contains: lipase……………………5,684 USP protease……………….43,400 USP amylase………………..49,500 USP

    Raw vegetables are also a good source for enzymes and we give them as well as cooked, but not every dog will eat them raw. So, giving enzyme supplements, will help them get the proper nutrition.

    Once again, at night I put 1/8th teaspoon of enzymes in each dog’s bowl along with the other supplements we give them. I have not found a need to give them supplements at both feeding times of the day, only in the morning. If your dog is old or sick and has many problems, you may need to give enzymes with each meal. Small meals may work better, three times a day. We do this when very sick dogs come here to the Haven.

    It is amazing to see the health of every dog who comes here, improve within a few weeks. But please make sure you read the following blog to learn a lot more about the importance of enzymes for your dog.

    This will tell you why your dogs need enzymes.

    Read Lucky’s story.

    Read Harry’s story.

    Now continue to part four.

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