Animals such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and small rodents are no different from humans in that they need systemic protein in order to function optimally and protect themselves from disease. But pet food has protein in it, right, so whatís the problem? Most pet foods contain protein of low biological value (this means that the animalís system cannot absorb it fully) and a lot of high carbohydrate filler grains such as wheat, corn, and soy. In order for animals such as those mentioned above to change dietary protein into systemic protein, their digestive systems must produce the proper kind and amount of digestive enzymes in order to break the food down into its most basic units, amino acids (AA). The body uses AAs to make the many different kinds of systemic proteins needed to keep your pet healthy and disease free. One group of important systemic proteins is the digestive enzymes. Without these, food cannot be broken down completely into AAs for the manufacture of important systemic proteins such as repair proteins that circulate in the blood and immune system proteins that fight off infection. Amino acids are an important part of the above group of animalsí ability to produce energy. AAs also come together to form special transport proteins that carry vitamins and other nutrients to the cells, enabling the system to maintain a healthy coat, teeth, skin, muscle and nervous tissue.
In ancient times carnivores such as dogs and cats, used to have live enzymes available in their diet with the ingestion of raw meat. Small rodents such as hamsters ate insects. Modern pets survive on a diet of cooked food. This means that the pancreas is asked to supply 100% of the needed digestive enzymes. This factor combined with a diet high in grain filler (dry pet food, pet biscuits, even canned pet food) leads to an overworked pancreas that cannot produce the enzymes needed to break food down into the amino acids needed to produce the thousands of proteins these animals need to function in a healthy manner.
As your petís system begins to malfunction from lack of systemic protein, you may notice that he has a difficult time getting up and down because of sore joints, he may develop a poor appetite, skin conditions, a thinning, dull coat, he may have loose stools, seem irritable, depressed, develop allergies or a host of other symptoms that donít seem connected to anything. They are all connected to a growing protein deficiency.
As in humans, the resulting shift in pH further effects the efficiency of the enzymes being produced by the animal, reducing their efficiency or rendering them completely ineffective. Pathogenic and semi-pathogenic organisms take over and can damage the intestinal lining to the point that nutrients are only absorbed with great difficulty. This condition worsens with age.
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease increasingly found in dogs. This heart condition (an enlargement similar to goiter, which is also an attempt to compensate for a nutritional deficiency) used to be found almost exclusively in cats. Cats cannot create the sulfur-containing amino acid, taurine and so it must be supplied in their diets from fish, eggs, meat and poultry, if not they run a high risk of ending up with DCM. Dogs can synthesize taurine from the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cysteine, Complete proteins of high biological value such as beef, poultry, eggs and fish contain these important sulfur-containing amino acids. But if the digestive system is weakened to the point where it cannot break these foods down, then the animals will be unable to have available systemic taurine. With the resulting sulfur and protein deficiency, the risk for DCM rises. Dogs and cats that are protein deficient also run the risk of other diseases, such as cancer, bursitis, arthritis, diabetes, viral and bacterial infections and degenerative disk disease. Dogs, cats, rodents, and ferrets need adequate systemic protein in order to live happy healthy lives.
Another risk of low-quality protein/high grain diets may also be adrenal cancer, which in the USA is a leading cause of hamsters and ferrets dying well before their usual life span. Symptoms of this cancer include, thirst, large appetite, hair loss, dry itching skin, and listlessness.
Supernutrient Corp. developed Platinum Plus Essential Amino Acids (PLAA) in order to overcome protein deficiency in humans. The companyís owner, Brice Vickery DC (retired), found that all his patients with degenerating spinal disks were also protein and sulfur deficient, no matter how much protein they ate. After developing and testing PLAA, he found that not only were his patientsí spines healing, but many other disease conditions were also disappearing. Several people have given it to their pets with the same amazing results (read Emmaís Story and Starchieís Story)
PLAA placed daily in your petís food gives their system a very particular blend of essential amino acids. This blend, fortified with extra sulfur, gives the pancreas everything it needs to manufacture adequate amounts of digestive enzymes. Symptoms such as dull coat, itching, allergies and sore joints begin to disappear as systemic protein becomes available to your dogís system for maintenance, repair, and protection from infection. While PLAA cannot cure cancer, clinical statistics prove it may well prevent it. It will help boost a pet with cancerís immune system and make them more comfortable. Giving your pet PLAA will also help prevent them from getting cancer, especially adrenal cancer. Small pets such as mice and hamsters need only 1/3 capsule daily. Small and medium dogs, cats and ferrets need only 1 capsule/day. Large dogs need 1- 2 capsules/day and very large dogs may need up to 4/day. Platinum Plus will help your younger pet stay healthy and vibrant and your older pet live out his life in comfort.