a year on Forza OTO
Like many other pet professionals, Michael DiGuido, a pet store owner and a certified pet nutritionist with over 38 years experience, advocates Dr. Canello's Forza10 for his clients looking to aid their dog's digestive health. Here's what Mike has to say:
"We all hate seeing our pets in pain and agonize over the fact that our pet has digestive problems. This usually means our pet has loose stool or a lot of gas. I believe I’ve found a mixture of supplements and diet that can help fix these problems. This will help get their digestive system back on track and give them what they need to feel young and healthy again.
First, we need to put the “healthy bacteria” in your pet's stomach. This bacteria is very beneficial to the proper health for your pet. When pets are prescribed antibiotics it can be beneficial to counterbalance them with probiotics. The antibiotic does not know the difference between good flora in your pet or bad flora in your pet. So, unfortunately, the antibiotic wipes out all of the flora. It is very important that you replenish the healthy bacteria or you pet will be left vulnerable!
I am a big advocate of the Prozyme family of probiotics. They make one type for cats and another specifically for dogs. It's possible your pet will not like a powdered probiotic so we’ll need to find another way to get them into your pet's stomach. Treats are a good way of getting them the “healthy bacteria.”
Earth Animal makes one such treat. It is called ‘Digest,’ and it is an antibiotic-free and organic product. Bell and Evans Chicken Breast Treat with a brushed on probiotic is also a great source intestinal bacteria. It is not only delicious but you will feel secure in knowing you are doing the best for your pet. I'm certain your dog will love this treat!
There’s also another treat available called Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Beef Tripe.” I not only believe in it, but I give it to all the dogs that frequent my store. They stand in line just to have a couple of pieces. Tripe, as you may not know, is the part of the animal that houses probiotic bacteria. So when you feed your dog a couple of pieces, you are super-charging them with a blast of healthy bacteria. You should feed them the tripe every day to build up the intestinal flora in your pet's stomach, especially if you’re giving your pet antibiotics.
Beyond probiotics, your pet may need some extra fiber in their diet to help digestion. As you’ve probably noticed your pet can have loose stool. What fiber does is that it stabilizes the amount of liquid in your pet's stomach, which will normalize your pet's stool makeup. Not to get gross, but who wants to pick up a liquid mess? Nummy Tum Tum makes a line of organic Sweet Potato and Pumpkin treats that are wonderful for putting that fiber into your pet’s stomach. These products are also good when you are transferring your pet from one food to another.
Finally, I have recently discovered a dry pet food that I wholeheartedly endorse. It is called Forza 10 Intestinal Blend. Forza10 is a fish-based diet with nutraceutical elements that has helped many pet owners in the past. Since fish is not an intensively farmed protein source, it is not loaded with antibiotics. As I’ve said before, antibiotics are the enemy of a good digestive system. Forza10 food was formulated by Dr. Sergio Canello in Italy and is the first USDA approved European food.
In essence, I feel by introducing probiotics, fiber and a carefully formulated fish-based diet, we may have unlocked the solution to your pet's digestive health."