Has anyone had a dog w/ digestion enzym problems?

Question by Zzzzz: Has anyone had a dog w/ digestion enzym problems?
My dog is not digesting his food the vet tells us. We are going to get a test done to check and see if he is missing digestion enzymes. But I want to know if there is any homeopathic way to treat this instead of buying the enzyme powder the vet will sell us.
Foods to try or natural supplements to give him.

Best answer:

Answer by Anama
enzyme powder is natural. It is simply replacing what his body does not produce.
Is there any possibility that it is gastric dumping, allergies or intolerances instead or in addition to?
If you are thinking of trying the sprouts route, you need to be aware of what enzyme your pup is not producing and what would be the best source of that enzyme.
Please try to avoid wheat,rye and barley grasses as gluten is a big allergen. If you can find a holistic vet I think that would help a lot. You can also try probiotics in case your pup has colitis or something else going on. I have had the best luck with Stoney Field Banilla. It is also certified gluten free so if your pup has intolerance issues, then you are safe from triggering another issue. Hope this helps.

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4 Responses to Has anyone had a dog w/ digestion enzym problems?

  1. Crystal says:

    The best food sources of digestive enzymes are: sprouts (easy and inexpensive to grow on your own), unripe papaya, unripe pineapple, bananas, and mangos.

    The preparation you can buy at a health food store will be much better because it will contain many different types of plant enzymes in concentrated amounts. Generally, there will also be probiotics in it.

  2. Ark Lady says:

    Digestive issues are common with older dogs but it can be a problem with younger animals too.

    Digestive enzymes (probiotics) are helpful and there are natural supplements you can give your pets. Some people use yogurt as an additional additive.

    There are two types of probiotics:
    1-Food additive forms (granulated or powders)
    2-Concentrated forms (paste or gel)

    The main differences between these probiotics are in the concentration of microorganisms (that help digestion) and the way they are fed.

    Food additive types are designed to be fed on a daily basis. For more major issues (sick animals) the more concentrated forms are more appropriate.

    I’ve always been in favor of Prozyme and you can read more here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=0&cat=1448&articleid=1358

  3. dobeluv says:

    Like the person above, I also use Prozyme and have been very happy with it. It’s a natural product. I also add plain Activia yogurt to my dogs’ meals once a day. Good luck!

  4. WyrDachs says:

    My elderly dog has been on digestive enzymes for approx 7 or 8 months now and doing great.

    We had been making visits to the vet for her just feeling kind of “off”. Not eating, sometimes gurlging in the stomach. Did variety of xrays nothing showed. One day, she was really “off” and in the process discovered what was thought to be a tumor in her stomach. After sending me to veterinary specialiest and after many many tests, it was determined that the “tumor” was not really a tumor after all, but food that was sitting in her stomach undigested. A friend of mine suggested digestive enzymes and since I’ve added it to her diet, we have not had one problem with gurlgling stomach/slow digestive.

    I’ve used B-zyme, but it comes in tablet form and she sometimes gives me a hard time with taking pills, so I’ve switched over to Prozyme. It’s a powder and very easy to introduce into the diet.

    Search around and check some of the catalogs. You may be able to find it at a better price than what your vet is offering. Until you do though, do purchase it from your vet just so you can get your dog started on it.

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