Feeding raw food to our dogs and cats is the very best way to keep them healthy, but, unless we are feeding whole herbivores, there are numerous vital ingredients that are missing. Pet Plus provides those, so bridging the gap between what they need and what we are able to feed them.
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that inhabit all healthy mammalian digestive systems. They are essential for digestion, gut stability and protection from invasion by pathogens. In Pet Plus, we have chosen huge numbers of Lactobacillus acidophilus. This probiotic is an excellent colonizer, growing successfully in the feline and canine gut thereby preventing the growth of pathogens. We realized that there is little point in providing numerous different species of probiotic as they just compete with each other for a place in the gut to grow! Lactobacillus acidophilus is so named because it creates a slightly acid local environment in the gut, an environment in which most pathogens fail to thrive. The range of antibiotic compounds made by these probiotics also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria.
Speaking of antibiotics, broad spectrum anti-bacterial agents (antibiotics) are often used to combat illnesses and as growth promoters in farm animals. Unfortunately, they don’t just destroy the pathogenic bacteria, but the beneficial ones (probiotics) as well, so many of our pets are inadvertently suffering from sub-clinical probiotic deficiency! That’s why diarrhoea is such a common side-effect of antibiotic treatment. A constant supply of good healthy probiotics helps to maintain an active population of these beneficial bacteria.
A diet of whole herbivores, guts and all, would be ideal! It would supply plenty of probiotics, but of course we rarely have the opportunity to feed such luxuries to our carnivorous pets. When we go on holiday to Scotland, we feed ‘road kill’ to the dogs. They love this early morning full Scottish breakfast of fresh, whole rabbit! Living in the countryside, our cats have plenty of ‘meals on legs’ to choose from too!
Herbivore guts contain well chewed, partly digested grasses amongst other things. This invaluable source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fibre and even essential fatty acids is vital to the overall health of our carnivorous pets. Even though we mix liquidized greens with the meat and bone minces, they are still difficult for our pets to digest. The enzymes in Pet Plus include cellulase which helps to break down the plants’ cellulose cell walls, releasing the nutrients for our pets to absorb.
Pet Plus is also an excellent source of ‘predigested’ grasses, including the extremely nutrient dense ‘Kamut’ wheat grass, barley grass and alfalfa. The beet root fibre is an additional source of fibre.
These green grasses and beet root fibre not only provide essential nutrients and micronutrients for our pets, but they are also ‘prebiotics’, supporting and nourishing those vital probiotics.
On the days when we feed our team on raw chicken carcasses, meaty bones or chunks of meat, it seems impossible to mix in the greens. So we simply sprinkle Pet Plus onto their food, so they get their greens that way!