Enzyme deficiency (enzyme depletion theory) is a real thing for dogs and cats. As your pet ages he can suffer from a number of maladies, and one of the main culprits is due a diet deficient natural enzymes. This can cause a number of undesirable symptoms which can be an indication of deteriorating health.

Understanding Enzymes for Dogs and Cats

Just like you, your pet needs enzymes for digestion as well as metabolic functions. Metabolic functions include many important tasks in the body, such as cell generation, tissue repair, immune function… you name it! Digestion happens in the stomach and the intestines.

But unlike you, your pet can only produce a limited amount of enzymes from his body, the rest he has to rely on his diet to provide. When there are not enough enzymes in your pet’s food, his body prioritizes digestion and robs his body of vital metabolic enzymes and taxes the pancreas as well to complete the high-priority process of digestion.

Whatever is leftover after that, that isn’t broken down by fermentation, floats around in the bloodstream as only partially digested food particles and is thought to be the root cause of food allergies, and other chronic ailments affecting dogs and cats. In extreme cases, this will lead to malnutrition.

Main Causes of Enzyme Deficiency

  • Age
    Dogs and cats naturally produce less of their own natural enzymes as they mature.
  • Poor Diet
    Modern diet and lifestyle is hostile to enzymes which are fragile organisms.

Can Feeding Raw Prevent Enzyme Depletion?

Feeding raw is a good start and a smart choice when it comes to dogs and cats and is far superior than feeding a cooked / processed diet, but feeding raw these days is likely not enough. While there are more natural enzymes present in raw meat and produce, these delicate organisms are often largely destroyed or denatured by the elements of the environment or circumstances of their production.

Consider that even the raw meat or vegetables fed to your dog (unless it is organic), may harbor antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, or other toxins. And even if he is fed an organic diet, the time the food has spent in storage has led to further decomposition of natural enzymes.

Signs of Enzyme Deficiency

Signs in the Stools:

  • Foul-smelling stool
  • Undigested food in the stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellow stool

Other Signs:

  • Bad Breath
  • Vomiting
  • The appearance of bloating
  • Gas
  • Yeast
  • Allergies (including skin and coat issues)
Enzyme Miracle

Notice the signs of enzyme deficiency and prevent the onset with supplemental enzymes

Treating Enzyme Deficiency

Fortunately, supplemental enzymes have been massively successful in supporting pet digestion and even pet’s well into the enzyme depletion stage. Digestive enzymes, when manufactured properly, are stabilized, concentrated, and highly effective. When used at mealtime, they lessen the burden on your pet’s body for digestion. The pancreas is not overly burdened to pump out all the enzymes needed to digest food, and your pet’s metabolic enzymes remain intact and undisrupted to perform their primary duties.

The deficiency signs will subside or disappear after enzyme supplementation and your pet can get back to being nutritionally sound and healthy.

Enzyme Miracle® was designed specifically for the modern pet’s needs. It’s a full spectrum formula that contains the needed digestive enzymes for feline and canine diets.

Conditions Supported: Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, Leaky Gut, Gut Inflammation, Poor Digestion, Excessive Shedding, Weight Loss/Gain, and more.

For: Dogs and Cats of all ages and stages. Recommended especially for senior pets, and pets fed a processed/cooked diet.

Related articles:

Enzymes, the Benefits Beyond Digestion

Difference Between Systemic and Digestive Enzymes

How To Attack the Yeast Beast


Nutritional Facts

Standard Serving Size: (approx 1 heaping scoop : 1/2 tsp)

  • Protease 4.5   21000 HUT
  • Amylase  3500 DU
  • Diastase  1500 DP°
  • Lipase   500 FIP
  • Protease 3.0   50 SAPU
  • Protease 6.0  4000 HUT
  • Cellulase  200 CU
  • Bromelain   120000 FCCPU
  • Beta-Glucanase   10 BGU
  • Peptidase  500 HUT
  • Hemicellulase   200 HCU
  • Calcium   24 mg
  • Magnesium 7 mg
  • Copper (Copper Glycinate Chelate)   < 1 mg
  • Manganese (as Manganese Chelazome®)   <1 mg
  • *percent daily values not established
  • Other Ingredients: Beet root fiber


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