Side effects of prozyme for dogs

Updated July 19, 2017

Prozyme is a natural enzymatic supplement designed to aid with digestive disorders, reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. It is especially beneficial for dogs taking antibiotics and those that have thyroid or gastrointestinal issues, in addition to senior dogs who produce lesser amounts of enzymes on their own. Prozyme is also beneficial to dogs prone to coprophagia (stool eating).

Natural Plant Enzymes

Prozyme is a highly concentrated combination of four natural plant enzymes: lipase, amylase, protease and cellulase. All ingredients are of human-grade quality and considered safe for canines and felines.

Prozyme Added to Food

Prozyme comes in a powder form that easily mixes with wet or moist food. While dog food already contains natural enzymes, the more processed the food is---most dog food is highly processed---the more these natural enzymes are compromised, altered or even destroyed. In addition, dog's suffering from abnormal pancreatic function fail to produce enzymes in high enough concentration to aid with digestion.

Lactose Factor

Many dogs that experience digestive problems are also lactose intolerant, a factor the makers of Prozyme failed to consider when creating the original formula. The lactose in the original Prozyme formula resulted in vomiting and diarrhoea among lactose-intolerant dogs, hence the reformulation and distribution of Prozyme Plus, with contains no lactose.

Prozyme Plus Side Effects

While Prozyme Plus is well tolerated by most dogs, there have been reports of allergic reactions such as hives, swelling of the face, paws and throat, in addition to chest tightness and trouble breathing. For this reason, Prozyme is not recommended for dogs with a history of fever or allergic reactions to lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacterium or streptococcus thermophilus.

How Much to Give

Dogs with no history of the above reactions should be given ΒΌ tsp of Prozyme powder over wet or moist food one to three times daily. For senior dogs who experience trouble chewing, add water to food and then allow the food to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

EPI Warning

Dogs suffering from Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) require animal-based pancreatic enzymes. While Prozyme, which is plant-based, is safe for EPI dogs, it should always be given in conjunction with an animal-based enzymatic solution. Prozyme alone will not provide a sufficient supply of enzymes for dogs with EPI.

Consult Your Veterinarian

Consult your veterinarian before giving Prozyme or any other enzymatic supplement. After beginning enzymatic therapy, call your veterinarian immediately at the first sign of adverse effects.

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