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from Sabine (Dog Food Project /Better Dog Care)
(e.g. “Prozyme”, “In Clover Fresh Digest / OptaGest”, “D-Zymes”, “Total-Zymes”,
“Biozyme” and so on
Digestive enzyme products are widely marketed as something your dog “needs” if you are
feeding a commercial diet. The truth is far from that – the stomach and pancreas of a NORMAL,
healthy dog produce sufficient enzymes to digest quality food, even if it is processed. If someone
isn’t feeding a quality food, it would be healthier to switch to a better product rather than spending
extra money on a digestive enzyme blend.
The concept of marketing these products comes from the livestock industry, where the
digestibility of especially poor quality, cheap feed can be enhanced by added digestive aids to
actually be usable for growth and fattening while still maintaining a good profit margin. It may
sound insane, but with the right supplementation, cows can even eat shredded paper and utilize
This is called the “least cost principle” of feeding: making the largest possible profit (salable meat
on a carcass) with the smallest possible investment of resources.
Many companies billing themselves as “holistic” tout numerous benefits of enzymes but at the
same time do not distinguish between digestive enzymes and systemic/metabolic enzymes.
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild
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