If your cat or dog has an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian in case of emergency.
For recurring digestive problems, a veterinarian trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) will address the underlying cause of your pet’s digestive issues.
Switching to a holistic pet food, such as PET | TAO, and adding a digestive supplement could help aid your pet’s digestion.
A digestive supplement with enzymes may benefit your pet.
The four main digestive enzymes benefitting your pet’s stomach are protease, amylase, lipase and cellulase.
Commercial pet foods, such as canned food and dried kibble, require very high temperatures to mass produce, killing natural enzymes.
Even raw diets, which try to mimic how cats and dogs eat “in the wild,” don’t include fur (fiber), guts and glands.
PET | TAO’s Harmonize GI Supplement contains all four enzymes to help benefit your pet.
Enzymes provide more benefits than improving digestion. They also:
- Regulate hormones
- Boost immune function
- Reduce inflammation
What is in the Harmonize GI Supplement?
PET | TAO Harmonize GI is a holistic supplement combining:
- Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product (alpha-amylase)
- Aspergillus niger Fermentation Solubles (lipase)
- Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Product (cellulase)
- Papaya (protease)
- Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product
- Dried PB6 Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product
- Brewer’s Dried Yeast
- Dried Potato Product
- Calcium Sulfate
PET | TAO Harmonize GI also contains the following inactive ingredients:
- Canola Oil
- Natural Flavoring
- Tapioca Starch
- Sorbic Acid
- Mixed Tocopherols
- Rosemary Extract
- Vegetable Oil
Lipase is an enzyme breaking down fats during digestion into fatty acids and glycerol.
Gastric lipase, made in the stomach, digests fat in food.
The pancreas makes the majority of lipase in the small intestine.
Bile from the liver releases into the intestine, turning fat into globules.
The globules are converted into fatty acid and glycerol – small, energy-dense molecules – by pancreatic lipase, also called steapsin.
The bloodstream absorbs fatty acids and glycerol and brings them to the lymph vessels to reach all parts of the body.
Lipase supplements can help your pet feel less bloated after high-fat meals.
In human studies, researchers connected pancreatic enzyme therapy with improvements in diarrhea-predominant IBS patients.
Another human study showed the connection between celiac disease symptom improvements and pancreatic enzyme therapy.
Lipase was also shown to improve symptoms in those with removed gallbladders.
People deficient in lipase experience higher cholesterol levels, obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
However, having adequate lipase levels boosts nutrient absorption.
Additionally, lipase benefits weight loss.
In a recent study, scientists manipulated lipase to boost its power three times, increasing fat digestion from 15 percent to 45 percent.
Cellulase does not normally exist in cat and dog digestive systems.
The pancreas of a carnivore does not secrete cellulase, which splits cellulose into glucose molecules.
Because of this, dogs and cats are inefficient at digesting grains or plant material for protein.
However, supplementation of digestive enzymes containing cellulase benefits pets with medical problems.
Cellulase frees chemicals bound to fiber such as zinc, selenium, and linoleic acid.
In fact, one study suggests zinc supplementation was not as beneficial as supplementing with plant enzymes.
Another study of human nursing home patients revealed the consumption of a multi-enzyme supplement containing cellulase increased protein absorption.
Tests showed improvement in immune function and the benefits ended after the supplement was withdrawn.
Cellulase enzymes can help aid the hydrolysis of cellulose into blood sugar, helping maintain optimal blood sugar levels.
The enzyme also helps keep cholesterol at optimal levels and protects cell membranes from free radicals and toxic chemicals.
Cellulase additionally aids in the mediation of biofilm formation from cellulose produced by pathogens by breaking down the polysaccharides of microbial biofilms.
Protease is an enzyme that helps break down proteins into amino acids for digestion.
Bodies absorb amino acids and reassemble them to create proteins.
Proteins are the major building blocks of bodies for the structure of muscles, skin, bones, hormones, cell signaling molecules, and immune response molecules.
Pets consume protein from meats and legumes.
Protease enzymes are produced by the stomach and pancreas.
When protease sourced from aspergillus gets absorbed into the bloodstream, it can hydrolyze dietary proteins and polypeptides.
When proteins and polypeptides leak into the bloodstream as food antigens, disturbances may occur in the body.
Protease eases the digestive process.
Proteases are typically offered in supplements with other enzymes such as amylase and lipase.
Amylase breaks down long-chain carbohydrates, such as starch and glycogen, which is the energy-storage molecule in animal tissue.
Amylase helps break down food in the small intestines.
Alpha-amylase (α-Amylase) is the form of the enzyme found in humans and other mammals.
The pancreas and salivary glands produce Alpha-amylase, and it is also found in the small intestine, ovaries, placenta, liver and fallopian tubes.
Your pet needs Amylases to digest starches, which provide energy in the form of glucose.
Glucose is the primary sugar molecule the body uses for energy.
In a study of humans, scientists connected an increased risk of metabolic abnormalities like diabetes and metabolic syndrome with low serum amylase levels.
The study concluded digestive enzymes can help maintain normal blood sugar levels as well as treat or reverse diabetes symptoms.
Pets with cancer can also benefit from taking digestive enzymes.
Cancer and conventional treatments often interfere with digestive enzymes and insulin.
Another study in humans uncovered how the salivary enzyme alpha-amylase indicates stress-reactive bodily changes.
Researchers showed salivary alpha-amylase levels reflected psychosocial stress.
Does Harmonize GI Supplement Have Side Effects?
Contact your veterinarian before giving your pet any supplement.
Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven.
If animal’s condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian.
Due to the tasty nature of our products, please do not leave product unattended around pets.
PET | TAO’s Harmonize GI Supplement should not negatively impact your pet.
If you notice any harmful side effects, please consult your veterinarian immediately.
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