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I was thinking about adding a digestive aid to Riley's diet, especially during the transition to his new food (which seems to be working, so far! ~knock on wood~)

I think I remember reading here that some of you use these products on a regular basis, right? What brand(s) do you use?

I was looking at this one. I use their Pancreas Support for Gunner and love it, so it seems like they make a good product. What do you think of this?
http://www.naturesfarmacy.com/store/details.php?prodId=197&category=46

Also, I read somewhere - don't ask me where, because I don't remember now - that supplementing the pancreatic enzymes with a dog who doesn't need it can be dangerous. Supposedly supplementing can trick the pancreas so that it stops producing the enzymes on its own. Have you ever heard that, or is it just another myth?
I know... me and all my questions, right...? :uhoh:
 

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I had to order another tub of the Pancreas Support for Gunner anyway, so I went ahead and ordered the Enhancer for Riley while I was at it.

I just noticed that the California Natural doesn't have any pre or probiotics. The other foods we've had him on do. So far, I think the CN is working real well, so I want to stick with it, but it seems like supplementing might be a good idea.
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Even when the food has it added, it's not enough to be considered therapeutic. Also, the spray on stuff usually degrades when exposed to air so what value there is there is questionable.

Ah, that's good to know. I won't stop the supplement then, if we ever get to the point of rotating foods again and go to one that has it. (Right now, I'm not even thinking about a food change, but it's good to know for later on.)

If this stuff is half as good as their Pancreas Support, I'll be thrilled. I can't say enough about that, and what it's done for Gunner. It's literally been a lifesaver for him.
 

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We tried the dogzyme digestive enhancer since so many here love it, and it fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, clued us into the fact that Brady is allergic to eggs! So we switched to Proviable which has both pre and probiotics, and he has done well on that. Our vet does recommend using it daily to promote good gut flora. They may not technically "need" it every day, but the theory is to use it daily to keep the levels of good bacteria up so that they will be there to do their job when the dogs experience some stressful event.
Thanks for the heads-up -- I wouldn't have thought of that. I don't think Riley has a problem with eggs, but I'm not really sure. He gets a little bite here and there when we're eating them, but that's been it. It's never seemed to bother him, but I'll keep my eyes open.
 

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I started using Nature's Farmacy about 2 months ago, and I've already seen some huge differences. Milly hasn't farted once since being on it, and her stools are much more regular.
LOL - that's good to know. Riley has been a little gassy this week, but he usually is during a food transition, so I hadn't thought much of it. His stools are great and we're taking it real slow, but boy, he can clear the room every now and then.
 
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