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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have any intereseting stories relating to digestive enzymes given to pets and taken personally? And if your story is positive, which brand would you recommend?
post #2 of 13
It's probably worth elaborating a bit on what you mean by a "digestive enzyme". People who give supplements for the purpose of aiding digestion may not be aware that the supplements may contain any or all of prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'd just like stories of people or pets just taking digestive enzymes. I guess I won't get many replies as most will also take or give pre and probiotics.
post #4 of 13
Gigi takes solaray super digestaway with her probiotics and pre biotics
post #5 of 13
I just started feeding the Eagle Pack Holistic to all 4 in an effort to get Max's loose stool issue settled. I have to give it to all 4 to make sure that Max gets it, as he is helping himself to everyone's dishes.

I feed dry kibble that already has probiotics in it anyway. I tried giving him Bene Bac that I successfully used to treat Ferris ages ago, but Max wasn't having it.

Max's issues are simply transitional, as I just adopted him two weeks ago. I don't care which works, the enzymes or the probiotics, as long as it does the trick and allows him to absorb nutrients properly.
post #6 of 13
HOPE River doesnt mind my hyjacking a bit

BUT I think it is time to explain PREBIOTICS , PROBIOTICS , digestive Enzymes

Prebiotics= the stuff to aid bacterial colonization( the good stuff in the guts or intestines) , often also a source of fiber( gentle ) ....
examples are ... beet bulp( sugar removed), apple pectin , slippery elm , chicory root


Probiotic s = GOOD bacteria in the intestines( or gut )... many think of just acidopholis but this is a group of many major and many minor bacteria .... l. acidopholis, bidophilis , casei , longum

Digestive enzymes are well enzymes but unlike the other two which all work synergistically... Enzymes are specialized to what they help digest ...

examples
lactase digests lactose

cellulase digests cellulose ( ie I dont use cat food s with this in it since the foods have to much indigestable fiber....

other enzymes work with organs to digest fats ( the bile containing ones ) or proteins

pepsin works on proteins

Many enzyme supplements also have herbs that work synergistacally with the enzymes for digestion///
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
No problem, thanks for clarifying.
post #8 of 13
There's an article on littlebigcat about using digestive enzymes to eliminate giardia:

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...turaltreatment
post #9 of 13
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There's an article on littlebigcat about using digestive enzymes to eliminate giardia:

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...turaltreatment
good article .. I use with Gigi who is canine( sheesh dont tell her)... approx 1/8th of a cap per day with food
post #10 of 13
I used that protocol with Rocket when he had coccidia. First, a course of Albon, and then the digestive enzymes. Cleared those nasty bugs right out of there.
post #11 of 13
My vet recommended Prozyme along with Jarro-dophilus plus FOS. I swear by the stuff for loose stools. Its worked every time.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
After reading a bit on digestive enzymes, my hopes are high that it'll help both me and my cats.

http://www.enzymes911.com/enzymes_qu...s_answers.html

http://www.gethealthyagain.com/enzymes.html
post #13 of 13
I give my dog Nzymes. www.nzymes.com
She has allergy issues and I really think they have helped her out a lot!! Her seasonal allergies used to be awful, but this past summer we only had one major flare-up, not a whole summer of issues like before using Nzymes. I definitely attribute this improvement to the Nzymes.
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