Fermented Fish Stock – Superfood?

Fermented fish stock.  Just the name of it sounds, well, icky and sort of smelly.  Once you realize the good that it can do for your pet, your feelings of ‘ick’ might just change.

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Your first question might be “What is it?”.  Answers Fermented Fish stock consists of fish stock and ground fermented sardines.  That’s all.  Simple.  Nothing artificial, no preservatives.  So now that we know what it is, what on earth does it do?

Fermented fish stock is a multipurpose feeding supplement for dogs and cats.  Its benefits are many.  Time to break it down…

  • It contains a substance known as glycoaminoglycans or GAGs.  Basically, GAGs are a major component of joint cartilage, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid – all things you use for optimal joint support.  It is also high in anti-inflammatory amino acids which helps reduce the swelling that causes arthritis.  Also contained within, is gelatin, whose job it is to coat the joints and act as a shock absorber between joints.  In short, fermented fish stock might just help your dog who suffers from any sort of joint ailments or prevent your healthy dog from ever having issues.
  • It is a natural source of iodine and thyroid nutrients – perfect for dogs that are pre-disposed to hypothyroidism, dogs that are borderline or dogs who actively have hypothyroidism.
  • Fish stock has been shown to be beneficial for dogs with kidney issues.  If you currently have your dog on a low protein prescription kibble and have not made the switch to an appropriate raw kidney diet, fish stock will help reduce your dog’s need for protein by 50%.  It contains high amounts of arginine which is required by the body to metabolize protein waste.  It also reduces blood pressure, both of which take stress off of the already weak kidneys.
  • Both the digestive system and the liver are impacted by the fish stock in beneficial ways.  First, gelatin has the ability to line the digestive system which acts as a barrier to bad bacteria, helps heal leaky gut syndrome and helps ease colitis.  It holds digestive juices in the belly longer which aids in digestion of nutrients and aids in increased absorption of vitamins and minerals.  It is high in glycine which encourages liver detox.
  • All Omega fatty acids are concentrated in the fermented sardines which leads to better skin and coat health
  • Insulin secretion is stimulated naturally by the fermented sardines.  They are also quite high in magnesium which aids in insulin sensitivity making this a perfect addition to a diabetic pet’s diet.

Answer’s Fish Stock, when used as a supplement to your pet’s regular diet, will enhance immune function, provide easily absorbed minerals and nutrients, and promotes healing from within.  It can help with joint function and kidney issues as well as give your pet a gorgeous coat.  Most pets LOVE the taste and it can be mixed right into their food or fed alone.  The smell?  Not nearly as bad as one would think.  Fish Stock is yet another way to enhance your pet’s quality of life – and who doesn’t want that?

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Three Great Reasons to Add Raw Goat’s Milk to your Dog’s Diet

Raw goat’s milk is one of the most complete foods on earth.  Full of trace minerals, vitamins, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein and fatty acids, unpasturized goat’s milk is incredibly easy for our dogs to digest and utilize.  Even dogs who have a hard time digesting dairy products derived from cow’s milk can do extremely well on milk from a goat.  With fat molecules that are 1/5th the size of those found in bovine milk, digestion happens in as little as 20 minutes.

goat milk Three Great Reasons to Add Raw Goats Milk to your Dogs DietHere are three reasons that you should supplement your dog’s diet with goat’s milk:

1.  Great for Digestion

Raw goat’s milk is perfect for dogs who suffer from any number of digestive issues.  Let’s face it, some dogs just have sensitive stomachs.  Whether raw, cooked or kibble fed, some dogs simply cannot digest their food well.  The result of this can range from an inability to properly assimilate nutrients to gas and loose stools on a regular basis.  Chock full of probiotics and enzymes, raw goat’s milk can assist your sensitive dog in beating the symptoms of an underachieving digestive system.  Raw goat’s milk helps to wipe out bad bacterias in your dog’s system and repopulate it with beneficial bacterias.  This not only makes it invaluable for dogs with sensitive digestive tracts, but also for dogs that have been subjected to various antibiotics.

2. Lessens mucous and inflammation

Raw goat’s milk contains both anti-mucous and anti-inflammatory properties.  This makes it a perfect supplement for dogs who suffer from allergies of any sort, including food and environmental allergies.  Raw goat’s milk can help to make the steroids that you are forced to give your pet a thing of the past.  As a natural anti-inflammatory, you can be certain that the side effects of drugs such as prednisolone and cortisone will never be an issue.

3.  Super Immune Booster

Raw goat’s milk has tremendous immune boosting properties.  By virtue of the sheer amount of vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes and fatty acids, the overall health of your dog is greatly enhanced.  Raw goat’s milk has been shown to help fight any number of common ailments such as kidney issues, cancers, liver disease, diabetes, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, ulcers and various brain and nervous system disorders.  Goat’s milk carries significantly higher amounts of calcium, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, potassium, niacin and the anti-oxidant selenium, than cow’s milk all while being FAR easier to digest and utilize.

Whether your dog is fed a raw diet, cooked diet or kibble diet, supplementing raw goat’s milk can help to keep your best friend as healthy as can be, the natural way.

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Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics

 Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics

8 Reasons Your Dog May Need Them

Digestive enzymes break down the molecules of food and essentially allow the body to more fully digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates. This helps the dog assimilate the nutrients more efficiently and aids in digestion.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. These bacteria help to keep the unfriendly bacteria in check and restore the normal micro-flora in gastrointestinal tract.

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Both digestive enzymes and probiotics enhance your dog’s natural digestion but each of them works differently to support the digestive system. Both digestive enzymes and probiotics are naturally occurring in whole foods.

So, why does your dog need to be supplemented with digestive enzymes and probiotics? There are a variety of conditions which will be helped by the use of these supplements.

  1. Your dog suffers from allergies. Digestive enzymes can help break down the proteins that cause the allergic reactions helping the dog to digest those proteins with fewer consequences.
  2. Your dog has been on antibiotics. Antibiotics strip the stomach and intestines of all bacteria, unfriendly and friendly. Probiotics restore the good bacteria to a healthy level.  Digestive enzymes enhance digestion that is inhibited by the antibiotics.
  3. Your dog vomits, has gas or burps. Each of these can be a sign of inhibited or partial digestion. Both digestive enzymes and probiotics can decrease these symptoms by enabling the digestive system to work more efficiently.
  4. Your dog has diarrhea. Probiotics can quickly replenish the good bacteria in the gut which can help firm the stool and reduce their frequency.
  5. Your dog has liver disease. The digestive enzyme, Lipase, breaks down and digests fat. This means there is less fat for the liver to deal with and therefore less stress on the liver.
  6. Your dog is an active performance dog. Active dogs definitely need to utilize the food they consume to fullest to support their endurance and muscular strength. Digestive enzymes help make every bite they take count.
  7. Your dog has Inflammatory Bowel  Disease. Digestive enzymes help break down the proteins, fats and starches to create better digestion and increase the absorption of nutrients which will help alleviate the symptoms of IBD.
  8. Your dog is traveling, being boarded or in training. Stress of any kind often creates a reduction in friendly bacteria in the gut sometimes resulting in diarrhea or upset tummy. Digestive enzymes reduce the stress from the gut level and probiotics repopulation the healthy flora.

Most dogs, in fact, will benefit from the use of supplemental digestive enzymes and probiotics.  They help your dog get the most nutritional value from the food eaten resulting in good health that shows from their energy level to their shiny coats to their healthy joints.

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Dogzymes Digestive Enhancer contains the highest levels of 5 beneficial bacteria and 6 enzymes. It is highly palatable and easy to add to your dog’s food.