Everything You Need To Know About Digestive Enzymes For Your Pet

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Enzymes are the proteins responsible for a lot of functions required for the sustenance of good health. One of the most important functions of enzymes is to facilitate absorption of nutrients and digestion. Deficiency of enzymes in pets can cause starvation which can prove fatal; which is why a pet owner must have all the know-how about enzymes.

What are enzymes and what are its benefits?

Enzymes are protein molecules produced in the pancreas, which is then carried to the small intestine where the digestion takes place. The three types of enzymes: Protease (helps break down proteins), Amylase (breaks down carbohydrate and starch) and Lipase (breaks down fats) which help pets absorb nutrients from the food. They also aid in absorption of minerals and vitamins in a pets body. Enzymes promote cell growth, immune system, removal of toxins from the body. Enzymes are also responsible for the healthy growth of fur and teeth in animals. Without enzymes, your pet will not benefit from even the highest quality diet.

What causes enzyme deficiency?

Enzyme deficiency is caused by multiple factors. As important as they are, enzymes are very delicate and are easily destroyed. Heat, pollutants, artificial colors, preservatives are some of the factors that cause depletion of enzymes. Increased activity can also cause enzyme depletion. Cooked and processed food contain very less to no enzymes which can further cause a deficiency in your pet.

How to detect enzyme deficiency in your pet?

The symptoms of enzyme deficiency are quite evident. Flatulence, gas, bloating, undigested food in the stools are some of them. In some cases, the pets might even vomit the food immediately after consumption. The overall well-being of your pet is affected. The symptoms are quite similar to the ones you would see if a lactose intolerant person consumed dairy.

How to cure enzyme deficiency?

Uncooked food stocks a lot of enzymes however it might not always be safe to feed your pets raw food. There are innumerable enzyme supplements available in the market for your pet. It’s always a good idea to consult a vet before making a decision so as to rule out any further complications.

How to choose the correct enzyme supplement?

Enzymes come from three sources: Plants, fungi, and animals. The most preferred enzyme is the one that comes from animals as it closely characterizes the one found naturally in your pet's digestive tract. It's essential to keep in mind that you must consult our vet and choose a source that you truly trust when it comes to your furry friend. Next time you find something off about your pet's diet, consider getting his/her enzyme levels checked.

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