Enzymes are essential to good health but they don't exist in processed food or in cooked food. Most people don't know that and assume that a cooked diet is a healthy diet. It is not. Raw food is full of enzymes. Enzymes are essential for life, so every living cell has plenty. PET Plus adds back the enzymes missing from cooked and processed food.
What Does PET Plus Do For My Pet?
As more and more research is completed on the effectiveness of various nutrients and micronutrients, so new recommendations emerge for supplementing the diets of cats and dogs, and of course, humans.
At PET Plus, we keep abreast of this new information, so we are constantly improving the formulation of PET Plus.
But do you know what each of the components of PET PLus does for your pet? Here's an explanation.
How Do Enzymes Help My Pet?
Raw food is full of enzymes. Enzymes are essential for life, so every living cell has plenty. But enzymes are destroyed by heat and exposure to various chemicals. This is why processed or cooked food contains no enzymes.
Fortunately though, the body is capable of making enzymes, and does so in order to digest any food that is eaten.
Being forced to make enzymes is an energy expensive process, and particularly hard work for the pancreas. As a result, pancreatitis is becoming increasingly common, as an overworked pancreas becomes inflamed, painful and unable to fulfil its function.
PET Plus Enzymes
On a processed food diet, these enzymes are critical for the proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, because enzymes are rendered inactive by the heating involved in the production of processed foods.
In addition to this, many pet 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.
The addition of PET Plus to processed food facilitates digestion, easing the load on the pancreas and enables your pets to gain more nutrition from their food.
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, despite the fact that they need it.
Cats and dogs 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 in PET Plus for the digestion of vegetation is especially important.
Dogs And Cats Need Probiotics
The probiotics in PET Plus colonise the gut and create an environment that discourages pathogens. They do not transfer antibiotic resistance, unlike some other probiotics. They are also found in the intestines of all carnivores and the herbivores they eat. Their presence dramatically impacts the ability to digest food and so aids a healthy digestive system. This is of great benefit to everyone within sniffing distance!
Probiotics have also been shown to be critically important in maintaining a healthy immune system. This is especially key in these times of increasing antibiotic resistance.
If your immune system can protect you from pathogenic invaders, the need for medication, like antibiotics, is vastly reduced.
Cats And Dogs Need Prebiotics And Antioxidants
We've chosen this prebiotic nutrient to support the probiotics as it is plant based, very palatable and completely natural.
Alfalfa, wheat grass and barley grass have been pulverised 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 ingredients are an essential support for the probiotics and provide an enormous number of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Chlorella binds to toxins and helps to remove these from your pet's body. It is nature's detoxifier and helps to boost the immune system too.
It helps to prevent disease by stabilising free radicals caused by environmental toxins and poor nutrition. It also has been shown to slow the ageing process due to the antioxidants it contains.
Chlorella also has anti-bacterial properties which help to discourage harmful bacteria in your dog’s gut.
Bilberries (Or Blueberries)
Bilberries are rich sources of antioxidants, resveratrols and numerous other highly active 'superfood' micronutrients.
These things work together to protect cells from free radical damage, inflammation and numerous other challenges.
Hemp Seeds And Flax Seeds
Excellent sources of essential fatty acids (EFAs), hemp and flax seeds supply the perfect balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 for dogs and cats. Omega 3 is especially important these days as it is has potent anti-inflammatory properties, protecting the integrity of cell membranes throughout the body.
Other EFAs form the building blocks for hormone production, essential for the body's internal communication mechanisms. Hemp and flax are also rich sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, complete proteins and phytonutrients and support the probiotics.
As the seeds themselves would be difficult to digest, we have powdered them.
Brewers Yeast And Nutritional Yeast
Repelling parasites and supplying plenty of B vitamins are the main roles of these yeasts. They are also important probiotics. 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 colonise inflamed areas of pet bodies, most notably the ears.
Cats and dogs love the taste of nutritional yeast, helping them to enjoy PET Plus in their food.
Coenzyme Q 10 (Ubiquinone)
This fuels all the body's systems, enhancing the smooth running of the whole body, especially the immune system and the cardiovascular system.
Taurine For Cats
Taurine is essential for feline health. Cats are unique in their inability to make it themselves from other dietary ingredients. So a plentiful supply has always been provided in Pet Plus for Cats.
Its presence is associated with a healthy cardiovascular system, eyesight and neurological function. It prevents the cardiomyopathy, retinal degeneration and epilepsy which can occur when dietary taurine is deficient.
Taurine For Dogs
An increasing number of dogs seem to be suffering from taurine deficiency, so we have now added taurine to Pet Plus for Dogs. However, this now means that the formulation for dogs is now the same as for cats, so there is now only one type of Pet Plus, so it will no longer be separately labelled as Pet Plus for Cats and Pet Plus for Dogs. It will be labelled as Pet Plus for Dogs & Cats!
Please see the article I've written which explains why dogs also need taurine.
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! Why? Because Nature knows best!