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"Maintaining Your Pet’s Nutritional Health and Vitality: It May Be Easier Than You Think"

Every loving owner wishes more than anything for their pet to live a long, healthy life. Yet for something that’s truly a lifelong process, too many wait until they see signs of deteriorating health before taking action. Now there’s a simple way to help increase the odds of your pet staying nutritionally vibrant and healthy with this smart combo of probiotics, digestive enzymes, and superfoods.

Owners of healthy pets often ask me how they can help keep their pets healthy – without relying on an armload of supplements.

Maybe that describes you. Perhaps you have a:

  • New puppy or kitten and want to give them a healthy start in life
  • Young pet with no serious health issues, and you’d like to do all you can to help keep it that way
  • Pet that may be predisposed to certain issues, and you’d like to provide an extra nutritional boost to maintain their health
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Giving your young pets a healthy start in life is a smart move

Wanting to help maintain your pet’s good health is much different from providing targeted organ support, such as eye support or joint support for a pet who is aging or developing issues.

It’s similar to you taking a multivitamin to help fill in the gaps in your diet. Or taking a probiotic supplement for your gut health.

You can reach for a pet multivitamin. There are plenty to choose from on the market today. However, many are of questionable quality. Plus, many are not designed for your pet’s specific size or age.

And if you’re not careful, multivitamins can raise your pet’s risk of a vitamin overdose.

I prefer to aim for more widespread nutritional support, to include digestive, gut and immune nutritional health.

There’s no question in my mind that the vast majority of pets can benefit from digestive support for gut health, and immune support for overall well-being.

In just a minute I’ll tell you about a solution that I think fits the bill perfectly, but first let’s take a look at why your pet might need anything extra in the first place.

You Feed Your Pet Healthy Food, so Why Might They Need Extra Enzymes, Probiotics, or Nutrients?

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How healthy is your pet's food is if it's made with factory farmed ingredients?

There’s a wide range of pet food options on the market today. My favorite, of course, is a species-appropriate, balanced raw food diet. But depending on the sources you use for ingredients, or the recipe you use, a homemade diet can easily be deficient in important nutrients.

Even if you choose wholesome ingredients, they can be deficient in a host of nutrients that you would normally expect to be there!

Take chicken for example... Chickens raised outdoors have plentiful amounts of vitamin D in their liver. Factory-farmed chickens who never set foot outside are severely lacking. Today, more and more animals and even plants live or are grown indoors.

Much of the soil that our food is grown in is depleted of trace minerals and certain vitamins. The crops grown in this depleted soil end up being deficient as well. When animals eat these crops, they simply don’t get the micronutrients and minerals they need for good health.

So is it little wonder that your pet may be deficient too if he’s eating food that’s naturally lacking in the nutrients he needs for good health?

Your pet also needs a healthy gut at any age for efficient digestion and absorption of food and nutrients.

The ‘Complete and Balanced’ Pet Food Myth – Don’t Let Them Deceive You, or Your Pet Could Suffer the Consequences

If you look at most pet food packages, you’ll see the 3 words “Complete and Balanced.” Exactly what does that mean… and can you believe it?

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"Complete" nutrition is a potentially harmful myth

This is the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ (AAFCO) statement of the nutritional adequacy of the food. However, these Nutrient Profiles for dogs and cats don’t tell the whole story…

There’s not a lot of solid science behind this statement. While it does provide minimum standards for the pet food industry, it doesn’t address the quality or source of ingredients, or how well your pet’s body will be able to utilize the nutrients.

An inexpensive pet food with a low percentage of protein in the form of rendered meat by-products and a high percentage of grains and starches could be certified as “complete and balanced,” right alongside a premium food made with human-grade ingredients, and with optimal ratios of protein, fat and moisture!

The Nutrient Profiles simply can’t distinguish between foods for digestibility or bioavailability of nutrients.

AAFCO’s “gold standard” of evaluating nutritional adequacy involves feeding trials that involve a six-month trial and as few as eight test subjects to determine if a formula can sustain life.

Surprisingly, only six of the eight animals need to finish the feeding trial, and if weight and certain basic blood tests (that don’t even measure blood nutrient levels) are normal, the food is certified to be “complete and balanced”!

Since these limited studies do nothing to measure long-term nutrient deficiencies or the effects on longevity, reproduction or the health of offspring, the results aren’t very meaningful.

The bottom line? You can’t always believe what you’re told – especially about the food you trust for your pet’s nutrition.

How to Get Optimal Nutrition – and the Most Bang for Your Buck at Mealtime

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Adding human foods to your pet's diet is a simple and inexpensive way to boost its nutrient value

I know high-quality pet food costs more. Even brands that you might not consider top-notch can be pricy, especially if they contain special additives like probiotics, enzymes and extra nutrients.

My advice – and that of other holistic veterinarians is this: If you can’t feed a species-appropriate diet made with fresh, whole food ingredients, choose a basic food with wholesome ingredients.

Forget the fancy additives and add your own high-quality, human-grade supplements. In the long run, you’ll save money and your pet will end up with a healthier diet.

Not only do additives drive up the cost of the food, they also increase the potential for unwanted chemical interactions. And they can shorten the shelf life of the packaged food.

With kibble, food makers assume it contains no micronutrients after processing. So during the final stage of production, when they spray on a “palatability enhancer” or “topcoat” of fat, animal digest, and other ingredients to make the food appetizing, they also add a nutrient mix.

This nutrient mix is typically an inexpensive, laboratory-created, feed-grade (not human grade) premix from China. And it can do more harm than good since it can contain metal oxides and sulfates that promote the oxidation of fats.

So how can you improve the quality of your pet’s food?

I suggest adding human foods from your kitchen. Foods like eggs, meats, blueberries, sardines, and leftover vegetables can dramatically improve the nutritional value of your pet’s food at little extra cost, especially if you’re already buying these foods.

And for added reassurance, I recommend adding probiotics, digestive enzymes, and immune-promoting foods to help make sure your pet’s gut and immune system remain in top-notch condition.

‘Do I Really Need to Buy an Armload of Supplements for My Healthy Pet?’

chlorella green superfood
Chlorella is just one of the green superfoods in my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic for Cats and Dogs

I’m asked that a lot. Many owners don’t believe their seemingly healthy young pet needs multiple supplements. And, therefore, they don’t buy them.

Or maybe you do see the value in providing nutritional supplements for your pet but you’re tired of opening up four or five containers at every mealtime.

These are two keys reasons why I created my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic for Cats and Dogs.

It’s a cost-effective, light formula that provides most of what your healthy pet may need in ONE product!

This “all-in-one” powdered supplement covers the nutrient basics for healthy pets – digestion, gut health, and immune health – and includes four key blends for maintaining total body nutritional health:

  • Probiotic blend of 8 valuable strains of gut-healthy probiotics selected especially for your pet’s gastrointestinal and immune nutritional health
  • Digestive enzyme blend from papaya, pineapple and porcine pancreas to provide digestive support for any type of food you feed
  • Superfood and green food blend, including spirulina, fermented chlorella, broccoli sprouts, and turmeric root powder for nutritional immune support and overall vitality
  • Mushroom blend of highly valued Reishi and Chaga mushrooms to provide nutrient antioxidants, polysaccharides, Beta-D-Glucans and other nutrients for immune system balance and healthy cell growth

My Whole Food Digestive Probiotic provides general nutritional maintenance support for your healthy pet’s immune health, digestion and gut health, normal cell growth and development, and overall vitality.

Please note, if your pet is middle aged or older, or developing health issues, he or she may need more than general health maintenance. Your pet may benefit from targeted organ system support with my full-strength probiotic, digestive enzyme, and immune system support supplements.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the blends in this one-of-a-kind formula…

Your Pet’s New Best Friend: Probiotics!

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Probiotics, or good bacteria live in your pet's mouth as well as her gut

Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in your pet’s gastrointestinal track, and on her skin, lungs and other organs. They’re even inside her nose and mouth!

When talking about bacteria, probiotics are considered “the good guys,” or good bacteria.

For optimal health at any age, you pet needs the right balance of good to bad or pathogenic bacteria. A probiotic supplement can help achieve that balance.

Especially when diets are high in carbohydrates (as many commercial pet foods are – particularly kibble), the wrong type of bacteria can flourish, starting in your pet’s mouth.

Carbs and starches are harmful for your pet’s teeth and his gut. The addition of probiotics can help promote a healthy balance everywhere.

My Whole Food Digestive Probiotic formula includes 15 billion CFU per 1.5 g scoop from a blend of eight strains of good bacteria specially designed for dogs and cats to nourish your pet’s gut and his overall well-being.

Probiotics can benefit your pet, from head to paw. They’re important for her digestion and utilization of nutrients, and especially her immune function, with about 80 percent of her immune system resides in her gut.

Even your pet’s brain health may benefit from probiotics. Your pet’s gut is her ‘second brain’ and is filled with neurons or nerve cells. By maintaining the proper balance of beneficial bacteria in her gut, you’re helping to promote healthy brain function!

They’re Essential for Every Metabolic Process, yet Your Pet’s Probably Getting Little or None

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An animal in the wild truly gets a "balanced and complete" meal

When animals in the wild kill prey, they truly receive a “balanced and complete” meal.

They get everything they need to digest their food, absorb the nutrients, and to thrive. Above all, they receive live enzymes from their prey.

Enzymes are essential for every metabolic process in your dog or cat’s body – and not only for digesting food.

When given at mealtime, digestive enzymes help break down protein, fats, fiber, and carbohydrates into their usable components. Between meals, enzymes go straight to promoting immune and cellular health.

Your pet’s body was designed to get some of its enzymes from food. Because most pets live on processed diets that are devoid of enzymes, and we don’t feed them prey complete with guts, the vast majority is enzyme-deficient.

Even if you feed your pet a homemade diet, if you heat the food over 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, you destroy any valuable, live enzymes.

So what happens when your pet receives too few enzymes at mealtime? He may not be able to digest his food properly or absorb nutrients, and that can lead to issues with digestion and overall health.

FOUR Superfood Must-Haves for Health and Well-Being

When I sat down to design my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic, superfoods were on the top of my list. So I turned to a few of my time-honored favorites as well as one relative newcomer that holds exciting potential for your pet’s health:

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Spirulina is one of my favorite go-to superfoods
  • Spirulina

    I first learned about this green superfood when I was a teenager working with a wildlife rehabilitator. Her success rate was double that of any other rehabilitator in the country. Her secret? The nutritional powerhouse spirulina.

    Spirulina contains one of the highest concentrations of nutrients of any plant, grain or herb. And it’s composed of easily absorbable nutrients – vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

    Spirulina is the closest thing to a multivitamin of any food that I know of. Because it is so loaded with nutrients, it excels at nourishing your pet’s body if her diet is nutrient-deficient.

    My Whole Food Digestive Probiotic contains 200 mg of spirulina per serving.

  • Fermented Chlorella

    I consider chlorella a near-perfect food and when fermented, this normally difficult-to-digest food becomes digestible and available to your pet. The fermentation process helps to unlock chlorella’s nutritional bounty by breaking open its tough cell walls.

    A variety of fresh water green microalgae, chlorella boasts well- balanced ratios of proteins, nutrients, vitamins and mineral, and a special type of growth factor – chlorella growth factor which is rich in nucleic acids. As your pet ages, levels of nucleic acid in her body decline and can threaten her immune health.

    Like spirulina, chlorella has abundant amounts of the natural detoxifier chlorophyll. I recommend using chlorella to support your pet’s detoxification processes to help her liver and kidneys clear away any buildups of heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic substances.

    My Whole Food Digestive Probiotic contains 500 mg of fermented chlorella per serving.

  • broccoli sprouts superfood
    What better superfood than broccoli sprouts for my formula?
  • Broccoli Sprouts

    You already know sprouts offer magnificent nutrient potential for you, but did you know they’re equally as nutritious for your cat or dog?

    Broccoli sprouts contain high concentrations of two important antioxidants for cellular, detox, gut, joint and immune health: glucoraphanin and sulforaphane.

    These two potent antioxidants stand out for their long lifespans and ability to recycle and actively scavenge free radicals in your pet’s cells.

    Broccoli sprouts contain far more of these active compounds than regular broccoli. After three days of sprouting, broccoli sprouts contain 10 to 100 times the amount of glucoraphanin – the precursor to sulforaphane!

    My Whole Food Digestive Probiotic contains 300 mg of broccoli sprouts.

  • Turmeric Root

    Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its flavor, yet it’s been studied for years for its health benefits. In fact, it’s been the focus of over 6,000 studies!

    Along with its active compound, curcumin, turmeric offers a multiple of potential benefits for your pet’s nutrient health. It can help:

    • Promote a normal healthy inflammatory response
    • Support normal healthy cell growth and development
    • Maintain a healthy gut
    • Promote comfortable movement and flexibility
    • Support organ and tissue health

    My Whole Food Digestive Probiotic contains 200 mg of turmeric root powder.

As much as I value superfoods, I didn’t stop there… These next two are in a class of their own.

Two Highly Valued Medicinal Mushrooms Act as a Tonic for Your Pet’s Liver and Immune System

A relative newcomer to the western world, the Chaga mushroom has been used for hundreds of years in Asia and Siberia.

The Chaga mushroom grows throughout the frigid forests in the Northern hemisphere, mostly on birch and other hardwood trees. It grows as a black protrusion from the bark, but inside it’s soft and rust-colored.

Chaga is considered an antioxidant rock star. It contains a multitude of immune system-supporting antioxidants, such as polysaccharides, Beta-Glucans, phytosterols, Superoxide Dismutase or SOD, and two components unique to Chaga: Betulin and Betulinic Acid.

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The Chaga mushroom is sometimes called the “King of the Medicinal Mushrooms”

These two triterpenes are found only in Chaga mushrooms and are a result of the symbiotic relationship between the Chaga and the birch trees on which they grow. Powerful therapeutic substances, betulin and betulinic acid are currently being studied for important roles in medicine, based on very encouraging animal study results.

The better-known nutritional mushroom, Reishi, is considered to be the premier balancing herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. Reishi is valued for its ability to help regulate and fine-tune the immune system.

This means it can both support your pet’s immune function if it needs a helping hand and it can help normalize an out-of-control immune response, like what happens with allergies.

Together, Reishi and Chaga mushrooms can potentially help maintain your pet’s nutrition though:

  • Healthy normal immune function
  • Healthy blood flow and circulation
  • Liver health

I’m such a fan of medicinal mushrooms, I included 100 mg of these two superstars in my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic formula!

Why My Whole Food Probiotic and Digestive Formula Is a No-Brainer for Your Healthy Pet

I’m sure you can agree by now that my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic is special and unique.

This “all-in-one” nutritional supplement covers the basics for young, healthy pets – digestion, gut health, and immune health – with its four key blends:

  • Probiotic blend of 8 valuable strains of gut-healthy probiotics
  • Digestive enzyme blend from papaya, pineapple and porcine pancreas  
  • Superfood and green food blend, including spirulina, fermented chlorella, broccoli sprouts, and turmeric root 
  • Mushroom blend of highly valued Reishi and Chaga mushrooms 

My Whole Food Digestive Probiotic provides general nutritional maintenance support for your healthy pet’s immune health, digestion and gut health, normal cell growth and development, and overall vitality.

I know your pet’s health and well-being mean a lot to you. And I’m sure you appreciate the importance of getting your pet off to a healthy start as early as possible.

Unfortunately, you can’t depend on pet food makers to do the job for you. It’s up to you to make sure your pet receives everything he or she may need. And the sooner you start, the greater the potential benefits.

Why not act right now to help ensure your pet is on the road to a long, healthy life?

Order my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic today!

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Label Snapshot for Whole Food Digestive Probiotic

Product Facts
Guaranteed Analysis per Scoop (1.5 g):
(Values are minimum levels unless otherwise stated)
   
Crude Protein (Min)   40%
Crude Fat (Min)   12%
Crude Fiber (Max)   6%
Moisture (Max)   5%
Total Microorganisms
per 1.5 g Scoop (at time of manufacture) (Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium animalis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum)
  15 Billion CFU
Papain (Papaya)   37,500 USP
Trypsin (Porcine Pancreas)   12,000 USP
Bromelain (Pineapple [Stems])   15 GDU

Contains a source of live (viable) naturally occurring microorganisms.

Ingredients: Algae Meal, Broccoli Sprouts, Turmeric, Porcine Pancreas, Bifidobacterium bifidum Dried Genus Species Fermentation, Bifidobacterium longum Dried Genus Species Fermentation, Bifidobacterium animalis Dried Genus Species Fermentation, Lactobacillus acidophilus Dried Genus Species Fermentation, Enterococcus faecium Dried Genus Species Fermentation, Lactobacillus brevis Dried Genus Species Fermentation, Lactobacillus casei Dried Genus Species Fermentation, Lactobacillus plantarum Dried Genus Species Fermentation, Mushrooms, Pineapple Stems, Papaya.

Whole Food Digestive Probiotic is a Nutritional Supplement for use in Cats and Dogs only.

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Top 2 Frequently Asked Questions
  1. A: If your pet is showing any of the common signs of digestive distress – gas, bloating, acid reflux, bad breath, abdominal gurgling or cramping, vomiting or passing undigested food, or foul-smelling stools – he or she may be lacking in digestive enzymes.

    This is a situation where the limited amount of enzymes in my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic may be inadequate for your pet. My Digestive Enzymes contains the whole array of five digestive enzymes plus Betaine HCl. I would suggest continuing the use of Digestive Enzymes along with the Whole Food Digestive Probiotic.

  2. A: No, this is a basic nutritional formula designed for maintaining a healthy pet’s well-being. While my Digestive Enzymes contain five different enzymes plus betaine HCl, my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic contains three digestive enzymes – papain, trypsin, and bromelain.

    Similarly, each serving of my Complete Probiotics for Pets provides over 58 billion CFU from 10 powerful bacteria strains. In contrast, my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic provides 15 billion CFU from a blend of 8 of the 10 strains per serving.

    With my Whole Food Digestive Probiotic, you get smaller amounts of each per serving, but these doses are likely to be very adequate for young, healthy pets.

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