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The Pros of Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes December 04 2014

Just as probiotics and digestive enzymes can be beneficial for people, they can be just as helpful for cats & dogs.

 

Pets that may benefit from adding either probiotics and/or digestive enzymes to their diet can have symptoms like:

 * Digestive upset

 * Mild stomach infections

 * Gas

 * Vomiting

 * Diarrhea

 * Loss of Appetite

Probiotics are a group of healthy bacteria that should be at 4-6 billion live cultures to be effective and should come from a non-dairy source like plants; but can also come in vegan varieties as well.  They can be added to your pet's diet as a supplement of beneficial bacteria in powder, capsule or liquid form.  Probiotics help to balance out the stomach flora which allows the stomach to function normally.  By incorporating probiotics into your pet's diet, they can also help to keep the walls of the stomach from being irritated after breaking down kibble.

 

Digestive Enzymes aid in digestive support.  They assist in breaking down and digesting foods to make it easier on the animal to assimilate carbohydrates, starches, and grains which are often found in kibble.  Also, by adding the digestive enzymes, there is less poop as more is broken down and not passed as stool.

 


Benefits of Calcium In Your Pet's Diet November 13 2014

Calcium is a great supplement and can have many wonderful benefits by adding it to your dog or cat's diet.

Calcium can help with combating irritation, inflammation and infection in the body of the animal.  It can also aid in injuries that can be caused by physical activity like running, jumping, going upstairs or for muscles that may have atrophied.  In addition, calcium can aid in getting fractures and breaks to heal more quickly.

Some signs that a dog or cat may be calcium deficient are inflammation in the joints, stomach, ears, and eyes.

When selecting a calcium supplement for your pet, there are several different sources of calcium that can be added:

1)  Calcium from cow bone (bovine calcium) - most natural source

 

2)  Calcium from eggshell

 

3)  Seaweed calcium - this type of calcium doesn't actually come from seaweed, but from calcified coral beds