Using Naturally Occurring Enzymes to Boost Your Pet's Digestion
The first step in providing your pet with the enzymes she needs for both digestion and metabolic functioning is to provide the foods appropriate for her species. We recommended switching your pet over to a diet containing as much living, raw ingredients as possible.
Raw meat is an ideal food for your cat or dog, but I understand that some pet owners are hesitant to take that step. The next best thing you can do for your pet is to feed very finely chopped or pureed raw, enzyme-rich vegetables.
How you feed the raw foods is very important. When handling raw foods, you must take extreme care to avoid contamination. And the variety of foods you include determine whether or not you're providing your pet with a well-balanced and healthy diet.
We recognize that this takes some special know-how. Many pet owners simply feel overwhelmed when starting to prepare homemade food for their pets. Its one major factor that caused us to create PawVites. We take the guess work out, save time, money and the health of your furry family members.
Why Raw Food May Not Be Enough When it Comes to Enzymes
Raw food certainly supplies more digestive enzymes than processed (canned or kibbled) pet food, but don't be fooled, many animals consuming raw foods still benefit from enzymes. All raw food diets attempt to mimic, as closely as possible, what our carnivorous companions would be eating in the wild.
Cats catch and kill mice, dogs eat rabbits and other small prey. However, there are three parts of the whole prey model no manufacturer will add to their commercially available raw foods: fur (fiber), guts and glands. Why? Frankly, it's gross. And there are risks. Entrails – the stomach and intestines – are where parasites are found. To keep raw food diets parasite free manufacturers wisely elect to not include entrails.
Pancreas and other small glands are also not included because ensuring a steady source of supply is difficult. This means even animals eating a raw food diet can lack these beneficial substances.