Volhard's Pre- and Probiotic Digestive Enzyme formulation is for both dogs and cats and helps to helps break down food into a more digestible form so nutrients are more readily absorbed. VDE is particularly useful for dogs who experience frequent digestive upsets and for older dogs and cats whose digestive systems have slowed down with age. Helps to prevent pancreatitis, diarrhea, excessive shedding, gastrointestinal disorders, bloat, lethargy, poor coat, flatulence, urinary problems and more. New studies show that enzymes may protect your pet from premature aging and some cancers.
What are Digestive Enzymes? The best solution for enzyme deficiency is to feed your dog foods that already have an abundance of enzymes. Whereas processed pet foods are devoid of enzymes and essentially dead, Volhard diets are raw and their whole foods have an abundance of enzymes.
There are also some foods that are high in naturally occurring enzymes you can add to your dog’s diet to boost his/her digestive health including:
- Papaya - Melon - Raw honey/Bee pollen - Raw (unpasteurized) dairy products - Kefir - Coconut water - Fermented vegetables - Volhard's Digestive enzyme supplement
Enzymes are used up faster during some illnesses, extremes in weather or strenuous exercise. Older dogs will also benefit from extra enzymes as the number of enzymes produced in the body declines with age and this is partly responsible for age-related illness and debilitation.
Supplementing With Enzymes Dogs who are getting enough digestive enzymes have better immune health, skin, coat, joints, and teeth, and will do a better job of getting all of the nutrients out of their food … so adding Volhard digestive enzyme supplement and enzyme-rich foods to your dog’s diet might be a good idea, especially for older dogs and working dogs.
You’ll want to look for plant-based enzymes if you’re buying a supplement because other types of enzymes can be destroyed by the dog’s acidic gut. Some digestive enzymes are also enteric coated, but this coating prevents the enzymes from working in the stomach so you’ll want to avoid those.
Adding a good quality pre/probiotic will also help enzymes do their job by creating a healthy gut environment.
Remember, when the enzymes are gone, they’re gone – so now is a great time to make sure your dog is getting enough in his/her diet!
What are Probiotocs? Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria intended for improving digestion and health. Most often, probiotics have specific strains of beneficial bacteria that can colonize in the digestive tract. Specifically, they reside more in the large intestine and/or cecum than other parts of the GI tract. Fermented foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, etc. are considered probiotics. Food supplements often use dehydrated cultures of those beneficial bacteria to enhance their consistent colonization in the GI tract, which is exactly what is done with the Volhard digestive supplement.
What are Prebiotics? Prebiotics, on the other hand, are foods that those bacteria can utilize for their growth and multiplication. Generally, it’s the insoluble component of the fiber and complex carbohydrates. They act as stimulants of bacteria in the gut. Any food rich in fiber, such as veggies and fruits, especially those that contain complex carbohydrates, such as fiber and resistant starch can be considered a prebiotic. Basically, they nourish the beneficial bacteria.