Enzymes For Dogs

Enzymes For Dogs and processed dog foods.

I have been reading about enzymes and dog health for a long time. Many people are saying that by feeding dogs raw food you are giving your dog all the enzymes they need to perform essential metabolic functions.

However, I haven't been able to find any research on the enzyme content of the best canned dog food or the best dry dog food. I would like to have solid information on the enzymes that are present or not present in dog foods and if it's better to feed a raw dog food diet or to supplement enzymes or to do a combination of the two.

To get an idea of what enzymes are, they are protein substances that are an intricate part of what makes up a functioning body. Doctors say that the body would stop living and moving without the multiple enzyme reactions in it.

Roughly eighty percent of our DNA is designed for enzymes. Enzymes are both in plants and animals. In a nutshell, there are three basic types of enzymes.

  • Metabolism enzymes help movement of the body; breathing would not be possible without the action of metabolism enzymes.
  • The second type of enzyme is called food enzymes, and these come from most plant or raw substances and help fight or eat damaged cells. When you cut a pear, it is these food enzymes that are trying to heal the wound and, along with oxidation, make it turn brown.
  • The third is called the digestive enzymes, which help break down common foods in the stomach and are able to repeat this process several times over.

Now, when it comes down to enzymes for dogs, they use the same principles. Eating food enzymes can greatly help the digestive enzymes break down food faster.

With processed dry kibble, also known as the grain free Diet the food is often cooked at too-high temperature, which ends up destroying all food enzymes.

Anything cooked above 120 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit will deactivate and destroy these food enzymes.

I suspect that there are some dog food brands that will re-add food enzymes into their food just like they re-add iron and other supplements, but this is not confirmed.

It would make sense that food enzymes are what helps things go bad faster, which would mean that processed dog food would not be able to last more than a month if it did have food enzymes.

In terms of canned food, this also cannot be trusted for food enzymes as the wet food is cooked during the canning process to keep everything sterile.

So with food enzymes for dogs, if there is not enough in the dog's system, digestive enzymes will take over completely which can cause much strain on weaker dogs.

The body will start to produce more digestive enzymes to make up for the lack of food enzymes, which can cause the digestive system to become overworked. Veterinarians recommend feeding your dog twice a day as opposed to once a day so you do not put strain on the digestive system.

With some dogs, they can really suffer from this, being unable to digest fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Be sure to look out for dog symptoms and that you have updated your dog first aid kit if you continue to feed your dog a kibble only diet.

It would be best to incorporate natural food enzymes that are gathered from a raw diet and not from pill form supplements.

Feeding your dogs a variety of meats that are on sale from the supermarket or butcher can greatly help.