5 Ways to Improve Your Pet’s Digestion

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Running out of ways to mask the smell of your pet’s gas? You are not alone and we both know the smell is just as bad as their discomfort. Chronic gas is commonly linked to problems with digestion.

1 – The Importance of Natural Digestive Enzymes

Kibble diets can contain high amounts of carbohydrates that include little to no nutritional value. Aside from the decreased nutritional value, dogs and cats struggle to digest high carb diets. Dogs and cats are carnivores and they do not make the natural digestive enzyme, salivary amylase, to help break down starches like other mammals do. Raw green tripe is a natural digestive enzyme and can be added to your pet’s diet in the forms of air dried snackschunks, or ground up.

Another bonus! Raw green tripe can save you trips to the vet. Tripe and other raw foods prevent bad breath, tartar build-up, and gum disease!

2 – Don’t Forget About Your Pet’s Gut

Just like us, the bacteria that occupies your pet’s gut microbiome are crucial for their mental and physical health. Grass-fed green tripe contains natural probiotics and is full of Lactobacillus acidophilus – a good bacteria that out-competes the harmful bacteria living in your pet’s stomach. A healthy gut microbiome supports digestion. So do not skip out on natural probiotics!

3 – Packaging and Ingredients to Avoid

Your pets can be exposed to harmful pathogens such as bad bacteria, toxins, and fungi. These pathogens can drastically impact your pet’s digestion. Kibble packaging creates a susceptible environment for bacteria to grow. How and when do you ask? Every time you open the bag! When dry pet food encounters oxygen, it undergoes a process called oxidation. Oxidation changes the chemical composition of the food and as a result can destroy vitamins and encourage the growth of mold and harmful bacteria. Aflatoxin is another pathogen pet owners should know about. Aflatoxin is carcinogenic mycotoxin caused by fungi that grows on corn, barley, wheat, beets, peanuts, cottonseed, soybean, and sunflower.
The Food and Drug Administration allows 20 micrograms per kilogram to be in dry pet foods. Top Quality Dog Food practices safe handling with our Raw foods.  We package meals airtight and freeze immediately to reduce the likelihood of oxidation. The FDA has a zero-percent policy for salmonella and listeria in Raw pet foods, but they allow a “safe limit” of known carcinogens in your pet’s Kibble. So Just because food has undergone high heat does not mean it is pathogen free!

4 – Simplify Your Pet’s Diet

Kibble manufacturers add synthetic vitamins, coloring, and flavoring to entice your cats and dogs.  Kibble ingredients can be misleading to consumers as AAFCO definitions have broad meaning. For example, if you see “Meat Meal” on the ingredients list, the meat could have been sourced from dead animals, discarded grocery store meats, roadkill, or euthanized animals. AAFCO does not require companies to disclose their source on packaging. Feeding pets with a variety of food sources, additives, and fillers, creates confusion for your pet’s stomach of what it can and cannot digest.

Top Quality Dog Food never uses synthetic vitamins, additives, fillers, or binders. We only use raw fresh ingredients and we list our Meat Sources on our website. Our Whole Organs and Organ Mixes can be incorporated into your pet’s daily meal and are full of natural vitamins your pet’s need! When we say simplify, we mean simplify the ingredients and the source! Do not guess on what you are feeding your four-legged friend!

5 – Don’t Stress

Studies have shown animals take on the stress we are experiencing! Your dog could be having issues with digestion from anxiety they are picking up on. We understand that there are many consumer choices and company claims out there and taking a leap into the unknown can be scary. Our advice? Do not leap. Be confident in your decision! Do your research, ask Raw feeders what their experience has been, or consult with a Pet Nutritionist. Book a Free Raw Consultation with TQDF today to get your questions answered on Raw feeding, so you can feel confident about your decision. Our goal is to improve your pet’s digestion, health, and well-being for good!

 

Disclaimer: This blog is intended for educational purposes only. You are responsible for your pet(s) health and safety. We encourage you to research topics further and to consult with your Veterinarian or Pet Nutritionist before modifying your pet(s) diet.

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