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Probiotics the MIRACLES WITHIN US

2016 is bringing exciting new developments in probiotics research.  In the past few years there has been a change in the importance given to the study of how the beneficial bacteria that live in and on the body of humans and animals can determine the status of health.  No longer are probiotics considered something you need only to restore beneficial bacteria after antibiotic treatment or maybe when you have diarrhea.  Today there is a large body of evidence showing that we need to incorporate beneficial bacteria as part of routine health care, as well as considering them part of our nutrition. Some researchers have even concluded that the bacteria population in our bodies is SO important and has such impact on our health that we should consider them not just bacteria, but an ORGAN.  Without these bacteria you cannot live.  Literally. What is being learned is that medical science missed the boat on probiotics and have not been using this important, possibly critical, tool to improve health, support recovery and fight disease.  Until now.

Since the early 1980’s, Nature’s Farmacy, Inc. has literally pioneered the search to understand how probiotics work in canines, felines and carnivores.  We have been accompanied on this journey by the greatest customers any business could hope to have.  Thru the years, our customers have been willing to give us their trust and help us go down the path to find better and safer ways to feed dogs and cats.  They were willing to give us the feedback we needed to determine effective ways to use Probiotics in our animals.  Our mission began in an effort to find a way to reduce bloat and gastric dilatation volvulus in dogs.  Having owned, shown and bred Great Danes for the last 48 years, we had a vested interest in finding safer ways to manage our dogs in regards to gastric problems or emergencies. This was our initial goal.  It became obvious from the beginning of our business in working with these products, that probiotics and enzymes had great potential to improve the health in our animals in so many ways.  We have worked all these years to bring recognition to the benefits of probiotics to dogs and cats, and even humans. Only in recent years have others begun to acknowledge the overwhelming evidence that has accumulated.

What are “probiotics”?  The word PRO-biotics was “coined” to mean FOR LIFE, in contrast to ANTI-biotics, which means AGAINST life.  It is indeed a good term; because without the microbes we call probiotics, there would not BE life in people, animals and all breathing things.  Without these good bacteria known also as microbes, the body cannot digest food, fight bad microbes, yeast, fungi or maintain the pH that allows the body to function in a healthy range.

The DOGZYMES® brand name covers a line of very unique and one-of-a-kind products that are based on our experience and expertise in using probiotics and enzymes and in blending nutritional products.  DOGZYMES® products are produced from organic and human grade ingredients.  We use the best ingredients available, only from the USA and a few countries known for safe, ecologically sound sources.  With our experience we can produce products that make those ingredients do their job better than other products.  We guarantee their performance to your satisfaction.

Fifteen years ago developed a new probiotic product line that is a culmination of all our years of work in canine probiotic research.  More powerful, more compatible to the canine, feline or equine and more stable in storage, these products have features that are special to protect the GI tract from the danger of bloat or any other health problem related to incorrect diet or abnormal gut function.  Our new DOGZYMES PROBIOTIC MAX is the most powerful protection you can buy for your animal, bar none.   These products now can better manage bloat, gas, negative pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, fungi, and help strengthen the immune system, allow superior absorption of nutrients, and have a guaranteed 2-year shelf life.  We are expanding the resource providers behind our formulas, and their professional expertise and guidance is in place to provide our customers this service.

Bloat is only one issue where probiotics and enzymes have important value.  Whether your concern is bloat, allergies, itching, poor coats, ear and urinary tract infections, yeast infections, antibiotic side effects, stress or trauma, irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, fading puppies, gas and digestion difficulties, poor appetites, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, excessive grass eating, post-surgical problems, skeletal problems, acutely or chronically, most all the things we deal with in dogs or cats, we can confidently say that the foundation for prevention or recovery starts with probiotic and enzyme supplementation.  Customer feedback has been invaluable to help connect the dots in figuring out how to supplement and alter feeding methods to end problems, not just medicate to manage symptoms. If you feed kibble with probiotics “added”, you are NOT adequately protected with sufficient probiotics, especially with higher risk animals.  Grass, dirt, stone and stool eating are all symptoms of a dog that is trying to correct gut abnormalities and needs probiotics and enzymes to do so.

For the sake of time and space, this will not be a “microbiology class”. I will, however list some FACTS.  If you have never used or investigated probiotic/enzyme products before, you need to know that the foundation of your dog’s health is nutrition and absorption.  Even the immune system is dependent on nutrition.  We are finally getting around to admitting this in human health.  What you feed yourself or your dog WILL determine the quality of health and life.  When the gut works correctly, every other part of the body benefits.   You cannot trick or cheat the body.  If you have to use medications or drugs, and you have bad nutrition, even the medications can’t do their best work.  If the good bacteria and working enzymes are not in high supply in the gut, then food cannot be well used or even tolerated:  When at a dog show or other stressful event or situation, thousands of you have seen the dramatic dog’s improvement from “show diarrhea” after using DOGZYMES Canine PasteDOGZYMES Probiotic formulas are made to disrupt gas production and bring it under control fast.  Please understand there has been very limited research to prove or disprove the benefit of using probiotics in controlling bloat cases until recently.  In other species there is direct, definitive research to show that probiotics are unquestionably valuable in bloat management.  We have tried for unsuccessfully for years to get funding for dog bloat studies relating to using probiotics.  We keep trying.  We can tell you this:  There is definitely a relationship between decreased digestive problems (including bloat) when using our probiotics daily in feeding programs.

Probiotics are beneficial and necessary for every stage of life from birth to old age.  Probiotics are crucial during times of COMPROMISED health, but our customers have learned that the best time to use our probiotics is during OPTIMUM health.  DOGZYMES fed as a maintenance product is the best way to PREVENT a health crisis.  We learned years ago that dogs fed any commercial feeds, even the SUPER premium brands, need probiotic support, especially one with the powerful enzyme activity of DOGZYMES.  This insures better digestion of highly processed grain/carbohydrate/fiber loaded diets and prevents poorly digested ingredients from becoming allergens.  If you feed a NATURAL, RAW or homemade diet, you might assume that adding a probiotic is unnecessary.  This is not the case.  Unless the dog is actually eating the intestinal tract of the prey or living in the wild, there is no source of beneficial bacteria or enzymes in any way.  Optimum health exists when the body and its systems operate in harmony. The body needs Probiotics to do this. The body can stand great demands for long periods, but not forever; something has to give. If the nutrition that fuels the system is wrong and the ability to break down the fuel is compromised, the body breaks down. Probiotics, enzymes and optimum natural food are essential to make all species flourish.

A lot of people think that adding a little yogurt will do the job.  This is far from the truth, as one teaspoon of our DOGZYMES Digestive Enhancer is equivalent to 70 – eight ounce containers of yogurt.  So adding yogurt sprays on kibble, adding a little yogurt to your dog’s raw diet or supplementing with Lactobacillus acidophilus alone is not sufficient protection. Lactobacillus is only one of many of the important species of bacteria needed in the gut.  Probiotics and Prebiotics added to dog foods fall far short in supplying enough of either.

We are committed to better understanding the NATURAL ways to feed our pet carnivores.  They ARE still carnivores, regardless of what anybody tells you.  Their brains might be domesticated, but their digestive systems are still able to go out and hunt and survive just like they did thousands of years ago. You cannot make the digestive system of the carnivore bend to fit the processed, grain inclusive diets of today.  We MUST MAKE THE DIET FIT THE NEEDS OF THE CARNIVORE.  There is simply no other way to reduce health problems.  Much is written by many “experts” and many self-proclaimed experts, and many books on the subject are conflicting.  We offer a feeding program with a simple, common sense approach to use whole and/or raw food. It is not rocket science! It is easy to do, easy to get the ingredients and often costs far less than “holistic” or a wild type of dog food. If you want to know more, ask for our User Friendly Home Made Diet.  Our consultants will work hand in hand with you, make suggestions, evaluate the results or even suggest alternatives.  We are pleased to report our customers see high rates of success and see happy, healthy dogs again.  It is definitely worth trying a more natural program with real whole food, top quality probiotics and natural food based supplements from the DOGZYMES line.

In human nutritional research there is overwhelming proof that raw fruits and vegetables are essential.  Antioxidant pills do not work.  WHOLE FOOD IS NECESSARY.  Just adding vitamins and minerals in processed food is not the answer.  Antioxidants come from raw, fresh food, period.  It is exciting to see some new research in antioxidant needs in dogs.  Science cannot duplicate the way our food supplies antioxidants.  These are called “micronutrients” and are the subject of great amounts of proven research showing that the body needs high levels of these daily to fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arterial disease. Raw fruits and vegetables correct our immune systems, allow our DNA to repair, and slow down aging.  Simply increasing raw fruit and vegetable intake does all this for people because it dramatically increases antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage.  If you slow down the damage, you slow down disease.  No question about it.  All of this is true whether you have 2 or 4 legs.  It works the same way.  We’d love to help you keep your animals healthy and living long, comfortable lives.

Systemic Yeast Infections In Dogs

A Systemic Yeast Infection in dogs is a condition that occurs when yeast builds up in a dog’s body. This condition starts in the digestive system and is caused by a pH imbalance. During this imbalance harmful yeast that are normally present multiply rapidly and systemically invade the body. During periods of pH imbalance and yeast invasion, more toxins are excreted from a dog’s lymph nodes causing excessive itchiness. The dogs will then lick or scratch these “hot spots”. Although some dogs with systemic yeast infections may not exhibit any outward signs at all, most dogs will exhibit one or more of these symptoms:

• Yeasty ears (redness and/or dark gunk)
• Abnormal body odor
• Licking or chewing of feet, legs, groin, tail-head
• Excessive Itchiness
• Pustules on the body (hives/pimples)
• Redness, staining between toes
• Oily yet flaky skin

The Yeast genus has over 1500 species and new strains are discovered every day. Some of these species are beneficial and some are detrimental to Canines. Unfortunately, when testing for a yeast infection, those with limited microbiological backgrounds quickly assume these infections are all caused by the Candida albicans species of yeast. When Candida albicans is not found, they disregard Yeast Invasion as a cause for the symptoms and blame these symptoms on non-existent allergies or fleas. In most cases they simply use antibiotics. Antibiotics will kill all beneficial bacteria in the gut prolonging the pH imbalance and the yeast infection.

At Nature’s Farmacy we have been assisting breeders and owners with animals suffering from systemic yeast infections since 1984. Our approach is simple: Start at the source and work from the inside out. Most systemic yeast infections start from feeding grain based dog foods. Grain ferments in a dog’s stomach causing pH levels to change and create an environment that is more hospitable to negative yeast and bacteria than beneficial yeast and bacteria. Aside from the pH level, a healthy Canine digestive system is a perfect environment for negative yeast. Once the fermentation process causes pH imbalance, negative yeast will quickly begin to thrive and cause a rapid, systemic yeast infection. Simple diet changes, such as switching to a raw diet (link to diet) or feeding a grain free dog food and grain free treats, will eliminate the cause of the infection and allow recovery to begin. Remaining on a grain based dog food or feeding grain based treats will allow bad yeast to continue to thrive and can hinder or halt recovery. Most pathogenic yeast species thrive on carbohydrates and sugars. It is a common misconception that dogs use carbohydrates for energy so most dog foods contain them. Dogs actually will naturally use high quality fats, like those found in meat, for energy. A carbohydrate/sugar free diet is a must for dogs recovering from systemic yeast infections. Removing carbohydrates and sugars from the dog’s diet will make the food supply of most pathogenic species of yeast more scarce which will help to discourage new colonies and weaken existing ones so they can be more easily purged. Unfortunately, very few commercially available processed dog foods meet these requirements. There are no standards for the quality of dog food (as dogs are not food producing animals) and they can contain very poor quality ingredients. It is much easier and usually cheaper to feed a modified raw diet that consists of meat and vegetables. Feeding a homemade diet isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think and you will have peace of mind of knowing that your dog’s food meets human quality standards. You can learn how to feed your dog a diet of fresh, real food by reading Nature’s Farmacy’s free User Friendly Diet For Dogs and cats With Yeast Infections. Please feel free to contact one of our qualified dieticians for assistance.

The second step is to crowd out the negative bacteria. A dog’s body has a limited amount of space for colonizing yeast and bacteria. Bombarding the animal’s body with beneficial bacteria and yeast cultures will crowd out the negative ones and in many cases, even consume them. Crowding out the negative bacteria and yeast with positive species will also help to speed the correcting of the pH levels as more digestion-friendly species begin to colonize and start competing for food and physical room. To jump-start purging of systemic yeast pathogens and pH correction, you will need a microbial product with high counts colony forming units of beneficial species of both bacteria and yeast, such as Nature’s Farmacy DOGZYMES Digestive Enhancer or Liquid Dispersible Digestive Enhancer. Initially, we recommend feeding double the usual suggested feeding rate to ensure colonization during this critical jump-start period. After the systemic yeast infection has been purged you may return to the normal suggested rate.

A useful third step is to kill the yeast in the skin. The medium chain fatty acids in our Organic Hawaiian Coconut Oil (Caprylic, Capric, and Lauric Acid) all work together to kill most common types of systemic yeast. In fact, many common prescription treatments for yeast infections are derived from coconut oil. The medium chain fatty acids travel throughout the skin killing systemic yeast that the Digestive Enhancer has pushed out of the inner body leaving nowhere for the yeast to thrive.

The fourth step is to treat the external outbreaks of systemic yeast infections. In standard veterinary practice, most of the time this is the first or only part treated. Treating external symptoms without treating the underlying cause rarely works and symptoms quickly return when topical treatment is stopped. Please understand that topical treatments are only intended to provide relief for the animal’s symptoms. For topical outbreaks of most species systemic yeast, bacteria, or other fungi, we have found success using our topical bacteriocin, Clora-Care. The active ingredient in Clora-Care, Ambicin N, discriminates between harmful bacteria and healthy skin which allows the product to be gentle on the dog and aggressive on negative bacteria, yeast, and fungi. Clora-Care can kill negative pathogens and provide relief in as little as 15 seconds and can hold its killing power for up to 12 hours. Please note that Clora-Care will leave a harmless, temporary blue hue to the skin and hair. When treating “yeasty ears” it is important to clean them before applying Clora-Care. Use Nature’s Farmacy Easy Ear (An all Natural Essential Oil Blend) to thoroughly clean all debris from the ear. Easy Ear is formulated to gently lift the debris from the inner and outer ear. It removes the earwax while nurturing the ear skin to promote faster healing.

It is important to understand that there are no shortcuts when dealing with a systemic yeast infection. Failure to remove the source of the infection can prolong it indefinitely. Many dogs may never be able to return to a typical commercial diet of grain/carbohydrate based dog food without experiencing a recurrence of yeast invasion.