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Digestive Enzymes for Meat-Based Diets - Cats & Dogs
Digestive Enzymes for Meat-Based Diets - Cats & Dogs
Digestive Enzymes for Meat-Based Diets - Cats & Dogs
Digestive Enzymes for Meat-Based Diets - Cats & Dogs
Digestive Enzymes for Meat-Based Diets - Cats & Dogs
Digestive Enzymes for Meat-Based Diets - Cats & Dogs
Digestive Enzymes for Meat-Based Diets - Cats & Dogs
Digestive Enzymes for Meat-Based Diets - Cats & Dogs
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Digestive Enzymes For Meat-based Diets - Cats & Dogs

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Specifically designed for cats and dogs that need extra enzyme support and are eating a meat-based diet (raw, lightly cooked or meat-based canned foods).

With enzymes designed specifically to support healthy fat and protein digestion, it helps promote:

  • Comfortable digestion without gas, bad breath, vomiting or abdominal discomfort
  • Healthy energy levels
  • Regularity
  • Healthy digestion, including the ability to tolerate a variety of foods

Net weight: 75 g (150 scoops)

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If you feed your pets a diet that is raw, gently cooked or canned and based primarily on meat, you’re already taking a proactive approach to making sure your pets get complete and wholesome nutrition.

Dogs and cats are designed to consume mostly meat with very few carbohydrates.

So, when it comes to choosing a digestive enzyme supplement, it’s important to look for one that matches your pet’s diet.

Many enzyme supplements on the market are designed for dogs or cats who eat a common kibble diet. It would be a mistake to give these to your pet because they are designed for diets high in carbohydrates.

That’s why we’re pleased to bring you Bark & Whiskers Digestive Enzymes for Meat Based Diet.

Specifically designed for cats and dogs that need extra enzyme support and are eating a meat-based diet (raw, lightly cooked or meat-based canned foods).

With enzymes designed specifically to support healthy fat and protein digestion, it helps promote:

  • Comfortable digestion without gas, bad breath, vomiting or abdominal discomfort
  • Healthy energy levels
  • Regularity
  • Healthy digestion, including the ability to tolerate a variety of foods

Net weight: 75 g (150 scoops)

If you feed your pets a diet that is raw, gently cooked or canned and based primarily on meat, you’re already taking a proactive approach to making sure your pets get complete and wholesome nutrition.

Dogs and cats are designed to consume mostly meat with very few carbohydrates.

So, when it comes to choosing a digestive enzyme supplement, it’s important to look for one that matches your pet’s diet.

Many enzyme supplements on the market are designed for dogs or cats who eat a common kibble diet. It would be a mistake to give these to your pet because they are designed for diets high in carbohydrates.

That’s why we’re pleased to bring you Bark & Whiskers Digestive Enzymes for Meat Based Diet.

Bark & Whiskers Digestive Enzymes For Meat-based Diets contain the following enzymes:

Alpha-amylase (from Porcine Pancreas) helps split and break down long-chain carbohydrates, including starch and glycogen (the energy-storage molecule in animal tissue) for digestion in the small intestine.

Protease (from Porcine Pancreas) helps break down proteins into amino acids for digestion.

Lipase (from Porcine Pancreas) breaks down and digests fats.

Bromelain (from Pineapple) breaks down and digests protein, plus it supports an already normal inflammatory response.

Trypsin (from Porcine Pancreas) helps break down proteins in your pet’s small intestine by breaking long chains of amino acids into smaller pieces.

Lipase (from Rhizopus oryzae, Aspergillus niger) for additional support in breaking down fats.

Protease (from Aspergillus oryzae) for additional support in breaking down proteins.



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For best results, divide your pet's daily serving amounts of Digestive Enzymes for Meat-based Diets equally between meals. Mix each portion with food.

Cats (2+ lbs) = 250 mg (½ scoop)

Toy Breed Dogs (up to 14 lbs) = 500 mg (1 scoop)

Small Breed Dogs (15-29 lbs) = 750 mg (1½ scoops)

Medium Breed Dogs (30-49 lbs) = 1.25 g (2½ scoops)

Large Breed Dogs (50-79 lbs) = 1.5 g (3 scoops)

Giant Breed Dogs (80+ lbs) = 2 g (4 scoops)

Easy to store, Digestive Enzymes for Meat-based Diets does not require refrigeration or other special storage.

A specialised
formula

Ideal for meat-based diet
containing raw, lightly cooked,
or meat-based canned foods.

Super easy
to use

Just sprinkle healthy
human-grade enzymes
over your pet's food.

FAQs

Without enzymes, digestion simply can’t happen.

When your cats or dogs eat a meal, the enzymes needed for digestion come from two sources – your pet’s body and the food itself.

Even though your pet’s body makes some of the needed enzymes, it also relies on naturally occurring enzymes in food for optimal digestion.

Once food enters your pet’s mouth, various enzymes work together to break it down into smaller units so they can be absorbed. Four different types aid in the process:

  1. Protease breaks down long protein chains into digestible amino acids.

  2. Amylase breaks down carbohydrates and starches into simple sugars for the body to use as fuel but is only produced in small amounts in dogs and cats.

  3. Lipase breaks down fats into free fatty acids so they can pass through the intestinal wall.

These enzymes help unlock vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important nutrients in the food so your pet’s body can absorb and assimilate them.

Properly absorbed nutrients benefit your pets in multiple ways – from feeling more satisfied after meals to having increased energy.

While there are many different types, your pet’s body doesn’t produce unlimited enzymes.

Digestive enzymes are produced mostly in your pets’ pancreas and are released into their duodenum to help digest food coming from the stomach. Our pets’ intestines can also secrete amylase and other digestive enzymes.

Because the digestion of food is a high-priority task for survival, our pets’ bodies will do almost anything to provide the enzymes needed for that important function. If their food contains only a few of its own enzymes, their pancreas must work harder to supply more.

Many holistic veterinarians recognize that a lack of enzymes may be a major factor in less-than-optimal health.

Too few enzymes for digestion can affect your pet’s regularity and lead to occasional bloating and gas.

A lack of digestive enzymes may also result in incomplete digestion, allowing partially digested food particles to enter their bloodstream directly from their large intestines. When this happens, less-than-optimal health may result.

And when your pet’s diet contains sufficient enzymes to digest the food, there is sufficient nutrient digestion, assimilation and absorption. Plus, less digestive and pancreatic stress.

Dogs and cats of all ages may benefit from supplemental digestive enzymes, especially if they have any type of pancreatic or gastrointestinal (GI) issue.

Plus, certain breeds of dogs don’t naturally produce enough digestive enzymes, which can leave their bodies in short supply.

As your pets age, their bodies' production of enzymes declines. So, older pets can often benefit from the addition of digestive enzymes.

Sometimes, you’ll notice physical clues that your pets may be low on enzymes and could benefit from more. These signs include:

  • Occasional abdominal discomfort, gas, bad breath or vomiting.
  • Irregularity.
  • Minor food sensitivities.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Itchy and irritated skin.

An integrated veterinarian, Dr Karen Becker, writes that some conventional veterinarians say that supplemental digestive enzymes aren’t needed because, dogs, in particular, can adapt to eating high-carb diets (kibble, biscuits and canned pet foods) without them.

And she further elaborates on why she disagrees with them...

While other species of mammals produce salivary amylase, dogs and cats don’t, so a dog’s or cat’s pancreas must produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the refined and heat-processed starch, cellulose and carbohydrates, something it's not designed to do.

Research shows substances called Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) are produced when starch in food is high-heat processed. In humans, AGEs have been shown to have an adverse effect on the pancreas.

The pancreas serves many important roles in the body, including the production and secretion of digestive enzymes. When the pancreas is adversely affected, it can compromise this vital process, so supplementation can be incredibly beneficial for animals eating highly processed, carb-based pet food.

Supplemental enzymes can help take the load off your pets' bodies to produce enzymes as well as promote optimal health and cellular function throughout their bodies.

When it comes to digestive enzyme supplements, it’s a mistake to think that “one size fits all,” or one digestive enzyme product works for every type of pet food.

What you feed your pets should dictate what type of enzymes they need. In other words, enzymes should match their diet.

For highly processed diets like kibble that are also high in starches and carbohydrates (including rice, ancient grains, potatoes and legumes), your pets need a digestive enzyme formula with plenty of the right enzymes that can break down and digest carbs and starches, like amylase, cellulase and xylanase.

Giving a pet that’s eating a diet high in carbs or starch an enzyme that helps break down fats isn’t going to translate into better digestive health. So, it’s vitally important to match the right enzyme formula to what you’re feeding.

If your dogs or cats eat a meat-based, fresh food diet, either raw or cooked, they need more enzymes to help break down and digest fats and proteins, including lipase, protease and trypsin.

While raw and fresh foods naturally supply more digestive enzymes than processed kibble and canned food, many animals consuming raw and fresh foods can still benefit from Digestive Enzymes for Meat-based Diets.

Whether you feed your pets a healthy homemade or frozen species-specific diet or a canned or kibble diet, they will likely benefit from supplemental enzymes.

More Info

Firstly, congratulations on making the switch to a real food diet. 

Raw pet foods naturally contain enzymes because they haven't undergone the high-heat processing that can destroy these enzymes. Enzymes are important for the digestion and absorption of nutrients in pets, just as they are in humans.

Even if your pet consumes a raw diet, they can benefit from additional Digestive Enzymes for Meat-based Diets to support their other metabolic functions and good health.

In addition to Furchild complete and balanced raw meals for cats and dogs, we offer a variety of enzyme-rich superfoods ranging from:

Without enzymes, digestion simply can’t happen.

When your cats or dogs eat a meal, the enzymes needed for digestion come from two sources – your pets’ bodies and the food itself.

Your pet's pancreas can produce protease, amylase and lipase but usually not enough to completely digest a plate of processed food.

And even though your pet’s body makes some of the needed enzymes, it also relies on naturally occurring enzymes in food for optimal digestion.

For highly processed diets like kibble that are also high in starches and carbohydrates (including rice, ancient grains, potatoes and legumes), your pets need a specific digestive enzyme formula for kibble diets with plenty of the right enzymes that can break down and digest carbs and starches, like amylase, cellulase and xylanase.

Giving a pet that’s eating a diet high in carbs or starch an enzyme formula for meat-based diets that helps break down fats isn’t going to translate into better digestive health. So, it’s vitally important to match the right enzyme formula to what you’re feeding.

The carbohydrate content of the food you are feeding will determine what type of supplemental enzymes is best suited to your cat or dog. If the carb content is 20% or greater, choose an enzyme supplement designed for carb-based diets (kibble).

You’ll need to calculate the carbohydrate content yourself, as you’re not likely to find it on product labels. Because so many pet foods – even grain-free diets – are high in sugar (in the form of carbohydrates), manufacturers tend to hide this information.

It’s a simple calculation, so grab your calculator and follow these two steps:

  1. Add up the totals for protein, fat, moisture and ash (estimate 6% for ash if it is not listed).

  2. Subtract that total from 100 to get the percentage of carbs (or sugar) in your pet’s food.

If the food you are feeding your pets has more than 20% carbs, use a digestive enzyme formula that is specifically formulated to process carbs. If the percentage is less than 20%, use an enzyme formula like Digestive Enzymes for Meat-based Diets that process protein and fat.

Matching the right set of enzymes to what your pets are eating will go a long way to helping your pets not only survive, but thrive.

This great product - Digestive Enzymes for Meat-based Diets for Cats and Dogs is provided via our exclusive partner, Bark & Whiskers, where Dr Karen Becker, one of the most followed wellness and integrative veterinarians in the world, shares the most up-to-date information on species-appropriate nutrition and care.

Dr. Becker

Just like Furchild, she believes that the food and lifestyle choices you make for your pets form the foundation of their health and longevity.

Moreover, Dr Becker is also the first veterinarian to give a TEDx Talk on species-appropriate nutrition. 

She enjoys empowering pet parents and helping them become knowledgeable advocates for their pets’ well-being. Instead of simply addressing the symptoms, Dr Becker promotes the use of functional medicine, which involves making dietary and lifestyle choices to help pets thrive and prevent illness.

And in 2021, she also co-authored with pet influencer, Rodney Habib, to publish their book - The Forever Dog, which became the first-ever No.1 New York Times best-selling book about intentionally creating canine well-being.

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