Animal Essentials - Plant Enzyme & Probiotic - 10.6 oz. (100g)Animal Essentials Plant Enzyme & Probiotic assists in the digestion and absorption of nutrients critical to good health. The plant enzymes and probiotics work to break down fats, carbohydrates, cellulose and protein so the body can utilize them. Digestive enzymes are not stored in the body, instead they are produced at the time of each feeding triggered by anticipation of eating or the aromas of the food. But as the body ages it produces fewer enzymes, so supplementation is necessary for optimum health. A digestive aid is also necessary when the animal is affected by excitement, anxiety or stress such as travel or separation, which disrupt digestion. In addition, this formula replenishes natural enzymes in pet food that are typically destroyed by heat proceesing or oxidation. Animal Essentials’ enzymes contain a blend of plant and microbial enzymes, none of which come from animal sources. Animal-derived enzymes work in only one area of the digestive system, while plant and microbial enzymes work throughout the whole system, from mouth to stomach to intestines. The probiotic component of the formula is Bacillus Coagulans, a well-researched, FDA-approved strain of beneficial bacteria in spore form. These spores remain inactive until introduced to saliva, water or digestive acids in the stomach.SustainabilityAt Animal Essentials, the process of sourcing quality natural ingredients is preceded by their commitment to use those which are sustainable and upholding of their socially responsible business practices that respect the Earth and the environment. The fish oils they use in their Ocean Omega products are sourced from Friend of the Sea certified fisheries in the North Atlantic, using a diversity of sustainable fish species that are harvested by the strictest standards in the world. Their herbs are selected from certified organic growers, or are ethically wild-harvested in a manner that honors environmental sustainability and helps improve the quality of life in the communities of their origin. About Animal EssentialsMost pet lovers know that companion animals bring joy and many lessons of unconditional love into the home. But that is only part of a much larger gift they present to people. Companion animals stand between two worlds, that of animal and that of human, and from their position they offer peopl a precious opportunity to see beyond the ways of humankind and into the circle of life that sustains us all. Their mission isn’t just to provide the finest supplements for animals, but also to create an interlinked community of well-informed animal lovers that are connected by common bonds of compassion and deep respect for animals, their natural needs, and the sustainability of the products they use. Their commitment is support and strengthen these bonds by providing people with the information and education they need, through on-site educational events and webinars, social media and links to holistic veterinary resources within their communities.