Probiotics & Enzymes

Probiotics & Enzymes

By Tami Foster

The insufficiencies in the American diet have been carried over to our canine companions.  Two of the major components missing are enzymes and probiotics.  We find enzymes in all living things, both plants and animals. Enzymes are proteins made up from amino acids and they carry out chemical reactions in the body. Enzymes like amylase, protease and lipase are common ones necessary for the body to uptake and utilize the vitamins, minerals and nutrients ingested.  Probiotics are good or beneficial bacteria like acidophilus and lactobacillus that help balance out the intestinal tract and keep bad bacteria at bay. The problem with most processed food is that the heat used in production has killed all these vital living aids for the human body as well as for our canine companions. So how do we get them back?  We add supplementation and provide a better diet.

Yogurt of course is a great source for beneficial flora or good bacteria.

Supplements with acidophilus and other bacteria can be added to you and your pet’s diet.

Honey will contain enzymes along with antibacterial properties. It is great applied topically to wounds.  When it comes to honey; they saying if you can’t get it in you then get it on you really is true.  As a Vet Tech we constantly use peroxide to clean wounds and honey to coat them. Peroxide and honey are economical alternatives to expensive cleansers and ointments, especially for rescue and humane societies.  This helps the skin to heal and keeps the bacteria at bay.  Local honey is also collected by bees from indigenous plants and is helpful for dogs with allergies.

Enzymes can be found in raw fruits and vegetables and for your dog in raw meat and eggs. Now I do not suggest giving a pet that is sick or has a compromised immune system raw meat or eggs, but it is a great source of natural nutrients and enzymes for a healthy pet as part of their diet.  God did make our dogs as carnivores, that means meat eaters.   In the wild, wolves, coyotes and wild dogs do not cook their meat.  Raw eggs are also a source of vitamin B.

Sprouts have great oxidative enzymes.

Pineapples contain Bromelain known to digest proteins, help prevent blood from clotting and be anti-inflammatory.

Papayas contain Papain also known to digest proteins and be anti-inflammatory. Pineapples and papayas also contain the enzyme protease which breaks down protein and unwanted bacteria.

Amylase breaks down starch.  It is found in human saliva but not for dogs and cats.  For your precious pampered companion it comes from the pancreas.  Amylase supplements come from certain beans, sprouts and nuts. Lipase is another enzyme found in nuts and seed and is used to help digest fat.

Your three common enzymes used in supplements are: amylase for digesting carbohydrates and starches, lipase for digesting fats and protease for breaking down proteins.

It is hard for the human diet, let alone your canine diet to always use the correct foods for digestion, so supplementation is necessary.  Enzymes and probiotics are needed daily.  Deficiencies in these can be associated with heartburn or upset stomach, passing gas, burping and stools with undigested food.

There are many products on the market that contain a combination of enzymes. There are several supplements that contain one or more of the beneficial bacteria. Through my years of breeding, nutritional research and vet tech experience I have found a product that is economical, is in powder form and contains both good bacteria and your three main enzymes; amylase, lipase and protease. It also contains colostrum for the immune system and other vitamins.  It is also marketed as a natural alternative to treating eye stains.


I really like this product because I can add it to wet or cooked food or sprinkle it on dry food. It is economical for those with multiple pets. And it has both enzymes and good bacteria in one product. This product has so much more for your dog than just yogurt.

This product is my preference, but there are several on the market.

Tami Foster

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