by Brittany Silvers

Does my dog need digestive enzymes?

Does my dog need digestive enzymes?

Do you have a dog that never seems to have normal poop? Do you feed a high-quality diet, but think that your dog doesn’t look or feel as great as they should?

 Digestive enzyme supplements may be the answer to your problems!

What are digestive enzymes for dogs?

Digestive enzymes are proteins that are naturally produced by both animals and plants. They work to help break down food into its individual components that can then be absorbed. 

If your dog doesn’t seem to be digesting properly, it could be due to a lack of proper digestive enzyme levels, which can lead to symptoms such as gas, diarrhea, and bloating, which can be uncomfortable for your furry friend (1).

There are several different important enzymes that each play a different role in a dog’s digestion:

1. Protease: 

Proteases are the digestive enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of peptide bonds (2). Excuse me, what? In short, proteases break down proteins to deconstruct them into their building blocks, amino acids. Large proteins cannot be absorbed by the dog digestive system, however, amino acids can, and they can then be used by the body to build any other proteins or as an energy source.

2. Lipase: 

Lipases are enzymes that digest triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol (3). To keep it simple, lipases are the enzymes that break apart fat within the dog digestive tract. Once broken down, they can be absorbed by the GI tract and utilized as energy. If not used for energy, the products of lipase digestion can be stored as fat within the body or utilized in different ways, such as incorporation into cell walls.

3. Amylase: 

Amylases are enzymes that hydrolyze the glycosidic bonds in starch molecules (4). Come again? Amylases break down starch (think- the easily digestible carbohydrate chains found in things such as potatoes, corn, rice) into simple sugars such as glucose, which can then be utilized for energy or metabolized into different products within the body.

  • 4. Cellulase: 

  • Cellulases catalyze the degradation of beta-glycosidic bonds found in cellulose (5). Briefly, cellulose is made of long chains of glucose, like starch, however the bonds that hold the glucose molecules together have a different structure that makes it more difficult to break down, so special enzymes are needed. Cellulases are usually produced by bacteria or fungi, so cellulose is more commonly broken down in the large intestine where its components are utilized by the bacteria. 

    Where can I find the best digestive enzymes for dogs?

    FullBucket’s Daily Dog introduces all of these natural enzymes into your dog’s digestive system and helps promote proper digestion and absorption of all the nutrients that are found in their dog food. 

    Not only does this lead to a healthier digestive system, but it also increases their immunity and overall health, as about 70% of the immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract (6). 

    By adding Daily Dog to your pup’s diet, you can ensure they are happy and healthy, from the inside out!

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