As more and more research is completed on the effectiveness of various nutrients and micronutrients, so new recommendations emerge for supplementing our own and our pets’ diets.
Always keeping abreast of this new information, we are constantly improving the formulation of the Pet Plus for Dogs and the Pet Plus for Cats.
The fresh water algae, Chlorella, contains a staggering array of nutrients and micronutrients of great benefit to us all, so now our Pet Plus contains this cracked cell wall component.
We have added antioxidant-rich bilberries and an excellent source of Fructo-Oligo-Saccharide (FOS) which is a very potent prebiotic, supporting both existing probiotics and the probiotics supplied in the Pet Plus. Safflower petals have a broader range of benefits than the seeds as a source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, so we have returned to using this superior source.
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) is an essential co-factor in the creation of energy from food at the mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of every cell. We have now added extra Q10 to facilitate energy production thus supporting all the body systems, including the immune system and cardiovascular system.
Pet Plus has contained a tiny amount of garlic since its creation in 1996, but we have now decided to remove it. This has been such a long debate as garlic is well known to have many health benefits, but on balance, it is thought that it may be too much for some pet’s systems to deal with, even though we have never had any problems with it at all.
So we have replaced its flea deterrent activity with Brewers Yeast. We have tried this new formulation for 6 months and found the dogs and cats remained flea-free which is great news.
Nutritional / Vegetarian Yeast has been added to augment the vitamin B content of Pet Plus and enhance the flavour, having removed the liver extract from the Pet Plus for Cats.
Here are some more details about the new ingredients.
Everyone’s talking about the great health benefits of the algae, a group of nutrient dense aquatic plants rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, chlorophyll and an excellent source of essential fatty acids, notably omega 3. Chlorella grows in fresh water and is thought to be the richest source of chlorophyll, the photosynthesizing molecule in plants that is very similar to the oxygen carrying molecule, haemoglobin, in animals.
You have probably noticed the sudden increase in popularity of bilberries. They are rich sources of antioxidants, resveratrols and numerous other highly active micronutrients which all work together to protect our cells from free radical damage, inflammation and numerous other challenges.
Being naturally a dark blue-purple, the bilberries in Pet Plus give it a slightly purple colour when you mix it with food. But now that we’ve added Chlorella, Pet Plus powder has become green again.
Frurafit Inulin IQ is the source of the most effective of all the fructo-oligo-saccharides in a whole food form. It is a prebiotic, a nutrient that supports the probiotics which are the healthy bacteria living in the gut. Many people are moving towards just taking this prebiotic and no probiotics as it is so very good at supporting the existing healthy bacteria already inhabiting the gut. We decided to continue using the best colonising probiotics, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum, to ensure your pet’s probiotic flora are the best they can be. This dramatically impacts their ability to digest food and so aids a healthy digestive system, of great benefit to everyone within sniffing distance!
List Of Ingredients In Pet Plus
The complete list of ingredients for Pet Plus for Dogs is as follows:
- Enzymes: Protease, Amylase, Lipase and ProCerelase (a group of enzymes to digest plants)
- Probiotic: Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum
- Brewer’s Yeast and Vegetarian Yeast
- Flax seed
- Alfalfa leaf
- Wheat grass juice powder
- Barley grass juice powder
- Safflower petals
- Prebiotic: Frutafit Inulin
- Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)
- Beetroot fibre
Pet Plus for Cats also contains Taurine.
Liver has been removed from the formulation and has made no difference to its palatability. Cats love Chlorella and Vegetarian / Nutritional Yeast!
For more details of these ingredients see What’s In Pet Plus For Dogs And Pet Plus For Cats?