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The Importance of Enzymes

Pet Plus for Cats and PetPlus for Dogs is a whole food supplement provides the enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, prebiotics and fatty acids (mostly omega 3, with some omega 6 and 9) which may have been lost from processed food or may be missing from a raw food diet. This advanced formulation provides high potency, multiple enzymes which help to replace the food enzyme activity lost in the cooking and processing of foods.

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by Susanna MacIntyre BVSc MRCVS

I feed my dogs and cat on Prize Choice (frozen minced meats) mixed with liquidised raw fruit and vegetables and PET PLUS. They also get chicken wings, drumsticks or necks 2-3 times weekly. They sometimes have fruit snacks as well. They are really healthy are hardly ever get fleas, worms or other parasites. Has this got anything to do with their diet?

Naturally dogs and cats are designed to eat whole herbivorous animals. Dogs also graze on fruits vegetables, seeds and grains. These herbivore spend much of their time chewing vegetable matter to a pulp to improve its digestibility. By consuming the gut contents of these animals dogs and cats obtain numerous dietary ingredients missing from a diet consisting of only parts of animals rather than the whole and which are certainly missing from processed pet foods!
The guts of prey such as rabbits are full of partly digested vegetation (prebiotics) which support the huge number of bacteria (probiotics) which live in the gut. These bacteria continue the digestion of the vegetation. All animals need a healthy selection of gut bacteria to maintain a healthy digestion which in turn is crucial for their overall health. Dogs will naturally also eat the droppings (faeces) of herbivores to supplement their own probiotic bacterial flora and extract other nutrients. So do not worry if your dog eats sheep 'poo' in the fields.

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Pet Plus contains the following ingredients. Let me explain a little more about them and the reasoning behind them.

Probiotics : Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum

These are the 2 most important species of Lactobacillus in the dog and cat. They are naturally found in the digestive tract of of healthy animals, these microorganisms help defend the body against against invading pathogenic bacteria. They do this by producing lactic acid and keep the colon slightly acid to prevent the growth of harmful organisms furthermore Lactobacillus are known to produce several antibiotic compounds to further inhibit the growth of pathogens.
It is very common to use broad spectrum antibiotics in veterinary medicine nowadays which kill off the friendly Lactobacillus and other friendly bacteria as well as the harmful ones (pathogens). This results in a unhealthy flora in the gut. Supplementation with Pet Plus or other sources quickly returns things to normal. Lactobacillus organisms have also been shown to reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance, regulate bowel movements and reduce diarrhoea.

Alfalfa is considered highly nourishing and id a rich source of many trace minerals in addition to providing minerals including iron magnesium and chromium and vitamins B, C and beta carotene. Chlorophyll has been shown to have a cleansing detoxifying and reducing odours.

Barley and wheat grass are important cereal grasses. They are harvested early to function as prebiotics to maintain the health of the probiotic friendly bacteria. They also provide vitamins and minerals comparable to green leafy veg. These green foods contain ß carotene, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavine, vitamin B6 folic acid, calcium, iron and numerous other minerals and essential phyto-nutrients.
Additionally these grasses supply antioxidant activity: a substance called 2'-O-glycosylisovitexin in barley grass has been shown to have an anti-oxidant activity greater than Vitamin E. Antioxidant nutrients are important in maintaining health largely 'cos of their role in neutralising 'free radicals', a major cause of disease. They cannot work in isolation so a whole food source is essential.

Flax seed/safflower petals are rich natural sources of the essential fatty acids, which play a crucial role in the maintain of a healthy skin and coat as well as reducing allergy responses. Essential fatty acids are as the name suggest essential to the healthy metabolism of all animals being present in cell walls.

Taurine is an important supplement for cats who cannot make sufficient quantities of this amino acid. Cats require taurine for bile production and vision among other things. Cats fed a taurine deficient diet will show poor weight gain and growth, brain problems and poor eyesight and even heart failure. Is is not present in many meats and this is reduced further if the meat is cooked. Rodents contain large quantities of the amino acid so a cat fed a really natural diet of whole mice and rats would not suffer from Taurine deficiency!
Taurine deficiency has been implicated in epilepsy in dogs

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