Digestive Enzymes for Dogs

Digestive enzymes for dogs have been seen to be an important part of your dog’s health. More and more veterinarians suggest that enzyme supplements be given to your dog in order to maintain and support their health on a daily basis. It is important for you to be aware of what enzymes are, how they can help and what the results are of enzyme deficiencies.


What Are Enzymes

Enzymes are considered "organic catalysts" that can either initiate or speed up chemical reactions in the body. They do this in the process of digestion to tissue repair and from hormone function to energy production. Enzymes are required to digest the food eaten, especially processed food. There are two types of enzymes used to perform the above tasks. These enzymes are the ones in our bodies from our digestive organs and the enzymes that come from the food we eat.

It is important to be aware that enzymes can be destroyed if there is a change in temperature. Many foods are processed at 118 degrees Fahrenheit or more which essentially destroys any healthy enzymes the food contains. When these enzymes are taken, it requires the dogs digestive system to work harder in order to digest the food it is eating.

How Do Enzymes Help

It is important to know that food in its raw and uncooked state contains several enzymes that are beneficial to a dogs body. If a dog consumes raw food, then it will be beneficial to their body by aiding in their digestive process. In this process, the chewing required in the consumption of raw food ruptures the cell membranes and releases essential enzymes. Also, when a dog eats, their pancreas secretes the necessary amount of enzymes responsible for effective digestion.

There are certain enzymes that play a role in the process of digestion. Protease is an enzyme that is responsible for breaking down proteins into amino acids. The enzyme named Lipase is responsible in breaking down fats into fatty acids while Amylase is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates into sucrose, lactose and maltose. One of the last enzymes is Cellulase. This is responsible for breaking down fiber. These enzymes all play a vital role in the digestive process.

Results of Enzyme Deficiency

As previously stated, when there is insufficient food enzymes for your dog, then the dogs digestive system is required to produce the proper enzymes in digesting the food, placing great strain on their system. This lack of enzymes can result in undigested proteins in addition to fats and carbohydrates which allow for the growth of unwanted bacteria. It is this bacteria which can upset the balance of intestinal microbes. In upsetting this balance, you may see symptoms in your dog such as bad breath, body odor, lethargy, gas, diarrhea and bloating. If the enzyme deficiency continues your dog may be vulnerable to long term physical ailments such as allergies, premature aging, arthritis, skin problems and possibly cancer.

Enzymes for dogs have been found to be very successful in maintaining your dogs overall health and well being. They are also effective in treating dogs who suffer from GI problems, skin irritations, arthritis, yeast infections, hypothyroidism, and systemic yeast infections. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about how digestive enzymes could work for your dog.