Pet Plus is a powder containing the nutrients and micronutrients our carnivorous pets would otherwise have eaten in the wild.
Raw food is full of enzymes. They are essential for life, so every living cell has plenty. As they are destroyed by heat and exposure to many chemicals, processed food has no enzymes, so the body has to make them in order to digest the food. This is an energy expensive process, and particularly hard work for the pancreas.
In Pet Plus, we’ve used Proteases and Astrazyme for protein digestion, Amylases for carbohydrate digestion, Lipases for fat digestion and blend of highly active enzymes for the digestion of vegetation.
On a processed food diet, these enzymes are critical for the proper digestion and assimilation of the nutrients, as enzymes are rendered inactive by the heating involved in the production of processed foods. Also, many processed foods are bulked out by cheap cereal based fillers which are very difficult for dogs and cats to digest and totally inappropriate for a carnivore.
Fed a raw food diet, the enzymes in Pet Plus help with the digestion of the raw food, especially the vegetation. Dogs and cats are not good at digesting vegetation. They would normally access most vegetable nutrition from the intestinal contents of their prey, where it has already been well chewed, partly digested and is full of vegetation-digesting enzymes and probiotics. So the blend of highly active enzymes for the digestion of vegetation is especially important.
Dogs And Cats Need Probiotics
Lactobacillus Acidophillus and Lactobacillus Plantarum are a complementary pair of the best probiotics for dogs and cats. They colonize the gut easily, create an environment that discourages pathogens and do not transfer antibiotic resistance, unlike some other probiotics. We decided not to use several different probiotic species as these two work well together and are found in the intestines of all carnivores and the herbivores they eat.
Pets Need Prebiotics And Antioxidants
Fructo-Oligo Saccharides (FOS) are known to be the very best prebiotics, providing so much support for the existing healthy gut flora that supplying probiotics is almost unnecessary! We decided to do both with Pet Plus, to give our dogs and cats the best of both worlds! Frutafit Inulin IQ is the patented source of FOS we’ve chosen as it is plant based, very palatable and completely natural.
Alfalfa, wheat grass and barley grass have been pulverized and juiced then carefully dried so that all those fabulous nutrients, which would otherwise be hidden inside the cells, are preserved without chemicals and readily available to our pets. The beet root fibre is also a great source of fibre.
Together, these five ingredients are an essential support for the probiotics and provide an enormous number of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
As part of a group of aquatic plants, the Algae, the single-celled Chlorella is attracting a lot of well deserved attention. Chlorella is the richest source of chlorophyll, the photosynthesizing molecule closest in structure to the oxygen carrying haemoglobin molecule in animals. An excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, Chlorella also contains numerous minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and plenty of probiotic-supporting prebiotics. All this is readily available for absorption by our dogs and cats as we have chosen the very best quality cracked cell wall Chlorella for our Pet Plus. As this incredibly nutrient dense plant is incredibly green, the Pet Plus powders are green when dry and green when mixed with wet food.
A fantastic source of antioxidants, resveratrols and numerous superfood micronutrients, the addition of bilberries to Pet Plus takes its range of health promoting activities up to a whole new level!
Hemp Seeds And Flax Seeds
Excellent sources of essential fatty acids, hemp and flax seeds supply the perfect balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 for dogs and cats. They are also rich sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and support the probiotics.
Brewers Yeast And Nutritional ‘Vegetarian’ Yeast
Repelling parasites and supplying plenty of B vitamins are the main roles of these two yeasts. Tasting delicious, they also provide many other important nutrients as well as enhancing the flavour. They are completely harmless, being unrelated to the pathogenic yeasts, which occasionally colonize inflamed areas of the body, most notably the ears.
Coenzyme Q 10 (Ubiquinone)
Efficient energy production by the cells is critical for health. Coenzyme Q10 (5mg per 1/4 teaspoon) is an essential co-factor for the release of energy from food at the mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of every cell. This fuels all the body’s systems, enhancing the smooth running of the whole body, especially the immune system and the cardiovascular system.
Taurine is essential for feline health so a plentiful supply is provided in Pet Plus for Cats.
We’ve removed the liver and replaced it with nutritional yeast which cats love, to prevent any problems with palatability, as our feline friends are sometimes rather careful about what they’ll eat, even when it’s so good for them! Cats also love Chlorella, as I discovered when I dropped one of my Chlorella tablets on the floor and he quickly gobbled it up. I was amazed!
Synergy With Nature
The key to successful nutritional supplementation is to use the ingredients found in nature in their whole form. There are at least 15,000 micronutrients in raw food which all work together, synergistically. If we isolate these to make individual vitamins, we are removing the very things we need! Always go for whole food based nutritional supplements and avoid isolates! Nature knows best!