My big dog, Kara, an anatolian, she's always had a sensitive tummy. when she has loose poop, for a variety of reasons, I give her human digestive enzymes (broad spectrum), and/or probiotics, to ease her digestive track. any health food store would have them, in a wide variety.
My 1/2 hav pup gets pretty bad gas when he eats beef, even two bites, so sometimes, if I remember, I give him 1 digestive enzyme, and he doesn't have gas, and consequently has better poop.
one of each, given right before a meal should to the trick, for 3-4 days.
digestive enzymes help digest the food in the stomach. a broad spectrum digestive enzyme will have a mix of enzymes to cover most foods. You can get diary specific and other formulations, you'll have to ask at your health food store. probiotics work in the colon, it's the good bacteria that aid digestion in the that part of the body.
Folks might not believe in them, but one time Kara had a REALLY bad case of the runs. good appetite and energy level. so I gave her I think 3 of each (she's 125 lbs), and she had great poop. but every time I tapered it off (after 3-4 days), which is all she usually needs, her runs would come back, just as bad. after 3 weeks of it, I finally brought in a stool sample to the
vet. she had Giardia. only symptom was the runs, and the digestive enzymes and probiotics neutralized that. for me, that made me a believer.
Pumpkin firms the stools as well (you can buy pumpkin pie filling)...
Sabine doesn't recommend digestive enzymes. probiotics yes. Here's her article
(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.
The only circumstances under which I would recommend using a digestive enzyme product is
when a dog needs short-term support (digestive upset, stress, debilitating illness) or cannot
produce sufficient enzymes on his own anymore.
You should also know that many digestive enzymes are made from species of molds grown on an
industrial scale, so if you have an allergic or sensitive dog, they may contribute to reactions,
especially if a dog is allergic to molds. This also applies to commercial dry foods containing