The Benefits of Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes are proteins that help to break down food in the stomach and small intestine. They are produced by various organs in the digestive system, including the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and small intestine. These enzymes work together to convert large, complex molecules of food into smaller molecules that can be easily absorbed and utilized by the body.
There are several different types of digestive enzymes, each with a specific function. For example, amylase helps to break down carbohydrates, lipase breaks down fats, and protease breaks down proteins. Other enzymes, such as lactase and sucrase, help to break down specific sugars.
Digestive enzymes play an important role in the digestion and absorption of food, and a deficiency in these enzymes can lead to various digestive problems such as indigestion, bloating, gas, and malnutrition. Some people may also take supplements of digestive enzymes to help with the digestion of food.
It's important to note that while digestive enzymes supplements may be beneficial for some dogs, if your dog is on medication, it is best to discuss taking enzymes and the interactions they may have with your medications.
Sensitive Digestive Systems
Sadly some pet parents do not seek resolution beyond continually changing foods for their dog's sensitive tummy as the topic of digestive enzymes is not well discussed in veterinary circles for dogs without a medical diagnosis.
It is also recognised in puppies as well as giant breeds that they may not produce enough digestive enzymes and could benefit from taking a digestive enzyme, there is certainly no harm in trialing them.
In Australia, we can make the below recommendations:
Digestive enzymes can be given with probiotics if your budget allows, this is what we would recommend such as the below brands. You can rotate through brands at the end of each bottle/bag.