How often do you double-check your dog’s diet to be sure they’re getting the nutrients they need in order to be healthy? Have you ever stopped to think that your dog might be enzyme-deficient? Do you know that enzymes are a crucial part of your dog’s digestive health?
Read on to discover exactly what enzymes do for your dog’s health and how to incorporate them in your pup’s diet more efficiently. And if you’re already familiar with the importance of digestive enzymes in your dog’s diet, check out Protect Me, TruDog’s proprietary formula designed to support digestive functions complete with prebiotics and probiotics in a delicious gravy form.
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According to research, enzymes are essential for all living things to function properly, including plants, animals and human beings (1). It’s possible for animals to contain 2,500 or more different types of enzymes within their bodies, all of which act as catalysts for tons of varying chemical reactions that occur daily inside the body. Like any catalyst, enzymes increase the rate of chemical reactions by their ability to lower the amount of energy needed to cause reactions (2).
According to Dr. Karen Becker, pet nutritionist and doctor, a dog’s digestive enzymes are essential for every metabolic process that goes on inside either your dog or your cat. Enzymes help everything from their immune system processes to the proper functioning of internal organs (1, 3). Specific types of enzymes are absolutely necessary for your pet’s digestive system to operate correctly (1). The digestive system produces many different enzymes in order to facilitate the biochemical reactions that break down food into substances that are able to nourish the body (2). While it’s possible for animals to produce these digestive enzymes on their own, they cannot produce enough of them to properly process food (1).
Enzymes And Your Dog
Since dog’s cannot produce the satisfactory amount of enzymes on their own, they need to eat the right kinds of foods in order to boost their enzyme count. Dogs are natural predators designed to eat foods rich in enzymes. For instance, when wolves hunt and kill their prey in the wild, they eat some of the entrails that are rich in enzymes, meeting their digestive enzyme requirements and remaining healthy (1). Our fur babies, however, are rightfully discouraged from hunting and are instead fed meals from their parents, but often these meals are lacking in the enzyme count that dogs need.
While you might have chosen the absolute best kibble food available at your store, or you home cook the best meals available for your pooch, the truth of the matter is that enzymes are destroyed at temperatures above 110-115 degrees (1). If your dog’s diet is cooked, like all canned, kibble, and most home-cooked meals are, then it is likely completely devoid of enzymes. But you can add them back in easily with TruDog’s Protect Me. Get it here.
But that doesn’t mean your dog is doomed! In fact, it can be really easy for you to transition your pet from their enzyme-deficient diet to a raw food diet that is species-appropriate and overflowing with enzymes (4). Be sure to check out our raw food diet selection and also try out this calculator to see what sort of raw food diet fits best with your fur baby.
If the idea of raw food makes you uncomfortable or if it’s practically impossible for your lifestyle, your pet will likely benefit from enzyme supplementation (1). Talk to your veterinarian for more information about each option and the proper diet for your dog.
Our dogs can have nutrient-deficient diets without us even being aware, but they require certain ingredients in order to be healthy just like human beings do! Since you are the provider for your dog, it’s your responsibility to check your dog’s enzyme intake and fix any issues present in order to offer them the healthiest life possible.
Have any additional questions that we can help answer? Let us know, we’d love to help support you and your fur baby as much as possible!