The Side Effects of Prozyme

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It used to be you'd open up a bag of your pet's favorite kibble, pour it in the bowl and call it a day. Now it seems the more we know, the greater the lengths we go to to take care of our pets, which extends into their dietary regimens. Prozyme, an enzyme supplement designed to enhance nutrient absorption, does not interact with medication and generally has no side effects.

Many Benefits, Few Effects

A little sprinkle of Prozyme on your pet's dinner can provide a host of benefits. The plant-derived supplement helps break down carbohydrates into sugar, fat into essential fatty acids and proteins into amino acids. It also facilitates the digestion of fat, protein, starch, fiber and sugar. The original formulation of Prozyme contained lactose, a naturally occurring sugar in milk, so a lactose intolerant pet could experience side effects from that variety of the supplement. Diarrhea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal discomfort are signs of lactose intolerance, which your pet may display if he ingested original formula Prozyme. There is a lactose-free version of Prozyme, designed with lactose intolerant pets in mind, keeping the digestive side effects at bay. The only real no-no with Prozyme is using it with hot food or liquid; heat makes the enzyme ineffective.

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