|10-22-2013 08:35 AM|
|Crocky||Thanks! Think I will try the digest all plus! Also noticed that carmspack has Sunday sundae which looks great but from what I can tell has to be mixed in a moist carrier. Hoping to find something ican just sprinkle on the food. But may give it a try as well.|
|10-22-2013 07:56 AM|
You are not going to get quality, appropriate ingredients in most brands from Petsmart. Here is one of their products - GNC Ultra Mega Probiotic Formula:
FIRST INGREDIENT: Maltodextrin, often used in processed foods as a thickener or a filler since it's fairly inexpensive, as well as in pharmaceuticals as a binding agent. Since it contains fewer calories than sugar, it's also found in sugar substitutes, such as Splenda or Equal.
Microcrystalline Cellulose, is a cellulose made from a high quality wood pulp.
I rotate mine:
This one is really nice b/c it contains Digestive Enzymes AND Pro Biotics, very cost effective, and it's human grade: Digestive Enzyme/Probiotic Combination Powder: “Digest All Plus” The Wholistic Pet
Digestive Enzymes By Mercola: http://shop.mercola.com/product/healthy-pets-digestive-enzymes,271,90.htm
Probiotics By Mercola: “For Pets” Pet Probiotics | Optimal Digestive Health for Pets - Mercola.com
Digestive Enzymes By Carmspac: FEED-SENTIALS | CARMSPACK.com (haven't tried this one yet but plan to. All reviews on this product are fantastic!)
Some dogs who are having problems may need to have a digestive enzyme that is more species appropriate containing “animal based” enzymes (since they are carnivores) instead of “plant based” enzymes. This contains Ox Bile and Pancreas. It is another one I rotate with (Needs to be crushed between 2 spoons before feeding): Bilex 90 Tablets by Douglas Laboratories
Remember that not all dogs' digestive tracts are the same and may contain a different assortment of beneficial bacteria. So if there is gut problems and the brand of digestive enzymes or probiotics you are using doesn't seem to be working, read the labels and change to another one. Quote by Greg Tilford:
"This is true of his digestive flora, too. While Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus represent some of the frequently encountered residents in the canine gut, not all dogs are host to the same mix. In fact, studies have shown that each individual dog hosts its own, custom mix of these and several other digestive bacteria – and the actual counts of each strain can vary considerably from dog to dog. It is theorized that this is because microflora are constantly evolving and adapting to the nature of the beast they inhabit. Health issues, eating habits, influences such as antibiotic therapies – or even something that was eaten while at the dog park – can affect the way beneficial microbes behave and replicate, or help determine which ones take up residence in the gut. This makes it virtually impossible to create a perfect probiotic supplement, as none can totally serve the needs of every dog’s microflora."
Hope this helps!
|10-21-2013 10:23 PM|
This is what I put my puppy on. It was recommended to me by one of the members on this board and also our local pet shop nutritionist said this was one of the better once as it includes probiotics and enzymes.
Wholistic Pet Digest All Plus
|10-21-2013 09:26 PM|
I would love to pick some up locally if I can from pet smart or pet sense for my pup. He is 10 1/2 weeks old.
Suggestions and recommendations would be great!