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  • in reply to: Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Enzymes, oh my! #26367 Report Abuse
    EnzymesForPets
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    The amount of enzymes you are giving between food and supplements will not harm your dog. Enzymes are just proteins- if they don’t have anything to act upon, they themselves will just get broken up into amino acids. Even at very high doses, there should not be any “overdose” effects from the enzymes. 🙂

    in reply to: Digestive enzymes #26366 Report Abuse
    EnzymesForPets
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    Lipase and Amylase are enzymes. The blood work showed readings for the levels of these enzymes? In the case of your dog having elevated lipase and amylase (his natural ones would be made by his pancreas), how would adding more digestive enzymes help him to have less digestive enzymes? (sorry for my wording… trying not to confuse myself 😉 )

    in reply to: Plant or animal digestive enzymes #26365 Report Abuse
    EnzymesForPets
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    You are correct, animal-derived enzymes are generally active in a much narrower pH range, so they will only work in the environment with that pH. Additionally, they can become denatured and not work at all if they are in an environment which varies too much from that pH. Microbial and plant-derived enzymes tend to work under a wider range of conditions. This is why they are usually the preferred choice for digestive supplements. Especially when a supplement includes a range of enzymes, they can be active throughout the pH changes of the digestive tract. The stomach has a very low pH, but the pH in the small intestine is much higher. Many animal-derived enzymes may be active in one or the other, but will not work in both (and may get denatured in the acidity of the stomach, therefore never even being active in the small intestine).

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