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Gastrointestinal conditions are one of the most common conditions presented to veterinarians in small animal practice. There are many different causes of these conditions from abrupt change in diet to infectious causes and allergies. Gastrointestinal conditions can impair a dog’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Therefore digestibility and fat source are an important consideration in gastrointestinal diets.
PRO PLAN VETERINARY DIETS Canine EN Gastroenteric formula is the only clinical diet for GI disorders which contains high levels of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are easy to digest and absorb.
The traditional approach to nutritional management of canine gastrointestinal disease has been to recommend lower fat diets as most canine small intestinal disorders result in fat malassimilation. Whilst fat restriction can be beneficial for certain gastrintestinal disorders, it is important to provide highly digestible fat sources. The type of fat should be taken into consideration when choosing a diet for dogs with gastrointestinal disease.
The most common fat types found in dog food (even diets designed for gastrointestinal disease) are long chain fats such as long chain triglycerides (LCTs), which can be some of the most complex nutrients to digest. Since fat digestion and absorption are often impaired in gastrointestinal disease, LCT restriction may be beneficial.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are easier to digest and absorb by an impaired gut than LCTs, taking only 3 steps to digest compared with 8 steps for LCTs. They can be digested and absorbed directly into the portal circulation even when hepatic, pancreatic and intestinal functions are compromised.1
MCTs are also smaller molecules than LCTs, are broken down more rapidly in the gut and are absorbed directly into the bloodstream or cells avoiding the lymphatic system and without needing to be incorporated in chylomicrons.1
Medium chain triglycerides should be of particular interest for dogs suffering from EPI4 (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), lymphangiectasia and pancreatitis. Dogs with chronic pancreatitis benefit from MCTs as they reduce the stimulation of the exocrine pancreas by blunting CCK (cholecystokinin) release.
In addition to being the only gastrointestinal diet that contains MCTs, PRO PLAN VETERINARY DIETS Canine EN Gastroenteric formula is the only therapeutic canine diet which contains a natural source of immunoglobulins from colostrum.
Immunoglobulins in colostrum have been shown to help stabilise the intestinal microflora, reducing the risk of stress-related diarrhoea, supporting gut health and aiding nutrient absorption.2,3
Canine EN Gastroenteric is also highly digestible to promote high nutrient absorption and minimise dietary load on the compromised gut and contains prebiotics to support the intestinal mucosa.
GI disorders can be amongst the most challenging to diagnose and treat due to the multitude of conditions that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs and the complexity of making a specific diagnosis.
PRO PLAN VETERINARY DIETS Canine EN Gastroenteric formula is an effective nutritional approach to help manage acute and chronic gastrointestinal, hepatic, pancreatic and hyperlipidaemic conditions in dogs, and is an effective and proven option for your patients.
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1. JOHNSON RC, et al. (1990) Medium Chain triglyceride lipid emulsion; metabolic and tissue distribution. Am J Clin Nutr, 52: 502-508.
2. Giffard CJ, Seino MM, Markwell PJ, Bektash RM. Benefits of bovine colostrum on fecal quality in recently weaned puppies. J Nutr 2004: 134:2126S-2127S.
3. Satyaraj E, A Reynolds, R Pelker, J Labuda, P Zhang and P Sun. 2013. Supplementation of diets with bovine colostrum influences immune function in dogs. Brit J of Nutr. 110: 2216–2221.
4. Rutz G. M. et al 2004 Effects of exchange of dietary medium chain triglycerides for long chain triglycerides on serum biochemical variables and subjectively assessed well-being of dogs with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. AJVR Vol 65 1293-1302.