You’ve seen animal kills on television nature shows. When a wolf pack makes a kill in the wild, the alpha wolf gets first choice at the feast. What does he go for? The GI tract of the prey. The digestive enzymes in the stomach of the prey are important in helping carnivores to process their food. A wolf’s pancreas produces inadequate enzymes for proper digestion, and their systems are designed to rely on the enzymes readily available in their food to help the digestive process. The combination of these two sources of enzymes provides the perfect balance for proper digestion. Modern dogs and cats have digestive systems with these same requirements.
Unfortunately, today’s processed pet foods do not provide the proper enzymes to balance with your pets own enzymes. These foods must be cooked at temperatures above 120 degrees, which destroys the natural enzymes in the meat.
The body needs digestive enzymes, along with an assortment of beneficial bacteria and yeast (probiotics), in order to break down and transport food nutrients throughout the body. These nutrients are vital to the body’s ability to utilize the food it receives. Because the digestive systems of our pets naturally rely on the enzymes in the GI tracts of their prey, they do not receive the appropriate amount of enzymes from their baked food, which has been baked at high temperatures. As a result, their digestive systems are compromised and their ability to utilize the nutrients in their food is greatly diminished.
To assure that your pet receives all of the benefits from the healthy food you serve, consider a digestive supplement. At All is Well we carry a variety of probiotics and enzymes to enhance the health of your pet.
Source: Becker, Karen Shaw, DVM. “The Worst to Best Foods You Could Feed.” 2002 – 2006. 2 Nov. 2006. www.drkarenbecker.com/nav_sets_04/set04.htm.