What’s the Best Probiotic Supplement for My Pets?

A good quality digestive enzyme and probiotic supplement can make a huge difference in your pet's health! Learn how enzymes and probiotics help, and how to find the best supplement.
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How Pets Benefit from a Digestive Enzyme and Probiotic Supplement

I’m sure you’ve heard the famous quote from Hippocrates “All disease begins in the gut.”

Well, the opposite is all so true!

All Health Begins in the Gut

When a gardener looks at a sickly tree, where do you think she discovers the root of the problem?

At its roots!

Think about it for a minute. The situation is the same for your dog or cat.

Your pet’s gut is the root of his/her entire body.

The gut is where your dog or cat absorbs nutrition, and interfaces with the external world as much as via the skin.

If you want to get to the bottom of an ailment, you need to look at how digestion is working and what your pet is eating.

And, because you’re on our website, we know you’re concerned with holistic options and feeding right.

You might even be supplementing with TCVM herbs and supplements.

But, is your pet digesting everything the way he or she should? Are you sure?

Your pet needs good digestion to get the full benefits of good food, herbs, and supplements.

How A Probiotic Supplement Helps Your Pet

Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your pet, especially your pet’s digestive system.

Most people think of bacteria as germs that cause diseases and sickness.

But, the truth is, your pet’s body is full of bacteria, both good and bad.

We call probiotics “good” bacteria because they keep your pet’s gut healthy.

A probiotic supplement helps systemically in a couple of ways:

  • Replacing the “good” bacteria lost from the body from using antibiotics and pharmaceuticals.
  • Balancing the “good” and “bad” bacteria to keep your pet’s system running smoothly.

Research shows probiotics also support the body for certain conditions like:

  • Skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Urinary health
  • Allergies
  • Cold and virus prevention
  • Oral health

Probiotic Side Effects

Probiotic side effects are few and far between.

Some pets may experience mild side effects for the first few days, as their bodies adjust to the change.

Mild side effects include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas or bloating

Every once in a while, a pet may experience an allergic reaction to a probiotic.

If you notice any problems other than those listed above, please contact your vet.

How Digestive Enzymes Help Your Pet

Enzymes are cell proteins that create chemical reactions in your pet’s body. In fact, enzymes speed up chemical reaction rates to help support life.

The enzymes in your pet’s body build muscle, destroy toxins, and break down food particles via digestion.

The tricky thing about enzymes is every enzyme’s shape is tied to its function.

Unfortunately, things like harsh chemicals, heat, disease, and others might damage an enzyme’s shape.

Consequently, the enzyme will no longer be able to do its job.

Many different types of enzymes exist. But today, we are going to focus on digestive enzymes.

Your pet’s salivary glands, pancreas, stomach, and small intestine all produce digestive enzymes.

The three main types of digestive enzymes are:

  • Amylase – breaks down starches and carbs into sugars
  • Lipase – breaks down fats and oils into glycerol and fatty acids
  • Protease – breaks down proteins into amino acids

Your pet needs enzymes for healthy digestion and a healthy body.

Many situations can adversely affect your pet’s naturally occurring digestive enzymes.

Some examples are:

  • Fevers break down the structure of enzymes, rendering them useless
  • Pancreatitis reduces the number and effectiveness of digestive enzymes
  • Stomach pH to acidic or too basic hinders enzyme shape and function
  • Chemicals often interfere with an enzymes ability to cause a reaction
  • Antibiotics inhibit certain digestive enzymes
  • Your pet’s overall health status affects the products, release, and efficiency of its enzymes

Research shows digestive enzyme supplements especially benefit those:

  • Suffering from pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer
  • Exposed to various chemicals
  • Exposed to pesticides
  • Eating foods cooked at high temperatures
  • Not in prime health

Side Effects of Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzyme side effects are few and far between.

Some pets may experience mild side effects for the first few days, as their bodies adjust to the change.

Mild side effects include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas Bloating

Every once in a while, a pet may experience an allergic reaction to digestive enzymes.

If you notice any problems other than those listed above, please contact your vet.

So, What’s The Best Digestive Enzyme and Probiotic Supplement?

Dr. Smith’s top probiotic/digestive enzyme supplement choice is PET | TAO’s Harmonize GI.

Harmonize GI assures your pet has everything necessary for the greatest gut health.

Per 2g soft chew Harmonize GI delivers the following:
alpha-Amylase (Aspergillus oryzae) – 2,320 SKBU
Lipase (Aspergillus niger) – 210 LU
Cellulase (Trichoderma longibrachiatum) – 75 CMCU
Protease (Papaya) – 22,100 PU
Bacillus subtilis PB6 – 1 x 109 CFU
Bacillus coagulans – 1 x 108 CFU
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) – 80 mg

PET | TAO has Harmonize GI formulated at Garmon Corporation.

Garmon has been manufacturing preventative and solution-based supplements for dogs, cats, and horses for over 25 years.

In addition, Garmon Corporation is a fully compliant cGMP Standards facility, following the highest industry standards.

Garmon is also an NASC Audited Primary Supplier, an FDA registered and audited facility, as well as third-party audited by UL Labs.

And, luckily, pets love the taste of Harmonize GI!

Your dog or cat will get a tasty treat, and you’ll get peace of mind.

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