Standard Process Enteric System Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine and Feline Enteric Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine and Feline Enteric Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

“All disease begins in the gut” would be the most cliche quote from Hippocrates that I could use here.  So instead lets think about this on…”Your gut is not Las Vegas. What happens in the gut does not stay in the gut. – Dr. Alessio Fasano.”

The enteric system includes all parts of your pet’s digestive tract.  Quick thoughts bring to mind the stomach, intestines and colon.  But further investigation shows important involvement of the mouth, salivary glands, liver, pancreas, and immune system.  Recently, more and more evidence suggests that there are critical interactions between our digestive tract and central nervous system.  We know that 75% of our immune system comes from the gut and 70% of our serotonin is made in the gut.  So a balanced digestive system is absolutely critical to your pet’s health.

Many modern conditions negatively effect our gastrointestinal system. Overly processed food, the antiseptic effect of chlorines in the water supply, and the rampant contamination from glyphosates (Round-Up) are just a few stabs at our pet’s vital enteric system.  Glyphosate was first created to be an antibiotic for humans, now it is everywhere in our food system. Our pets eat it and it kills the good bacteria they need to stay healthy.

The Standard Process Supplements for Canine and Feline Enteric Support help our family pets in multiple ways.  I’m going to spotlight some core signs that your pet might display as a result of enteric system weakness. Then, I will feature some ingredients in this powerful, healing supplement and how they restore health in your pet.

Common Signs That Your Dog May Benefit From Enteric Support
  • Poor skin and coat conditions
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Gassiness and foul fecal odor
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Stiffness or arthritis
  • Undigested food in feces
  • Extremely Large Bowel Movements
  • Vomiting Bile
  • Food Allergies
  • Excessive Shedding
  • Diarrhea and / or vomiting
  • Mucous and / or blood in stool
Common Signs of That Your Cat May Benefit from Enteric Support
  • Vomiting more than once per week
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Itching
  • Picky eater
  • Diarrhea
  • Messy or stinky litterbox
  • Hairloss
  • Poor appetite
Standard Process Canine and Feline Enteric Support Suggested Uses:
  • Diabetes
  • Chornic Diseases
  • Exotrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Post surgery
  • Post antibiotics
  • Inflammatory Bowl Disease
  • Intestinal Parasites or giardia
  • Steroids or immunosupressants
  • Food allergies
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Dental disease
  • Severe stress or adrenal disease
  • Unexplained vomiting behaviors
  • Constipation

Ingredients: Porcine stomach, L-glutamine, porcine duodenum, porcine jejunum, defatted wheat (germ), bovine liver, veal bone PMG™ extract, organic dried alfalfa (aerial parts) juice, bovine parotid PMG™ extract, bovine kidney, nutritional yeast, bovine liver PMG™ extract, bovine spleen, ovine spleen, bovine adrenal PMG™ extract, organic dried pea (vine) juice, bovine pancreas Cytosol™ extract, carrot (root), oat flour, organic reishi mushroom powder, organic shiitake mushroom powder, bovine orchic extract, rice (bran), bovine pancreas PMG™ extract, purified bovine bile salts, Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), licorice (root), wheat (germ) oil, organic dried swiss chard (beet leaf) juice, organic beet (root), calcium glycerophosphate, chlorophyll extract, bovine parathyroid, and bovine pituitary PMG™ extract.

Individual Ingredient Benefits of Standard Process Enteric Support



Porcine stomach Improves digestion by contributing to protein break down and uptake.  Heals and improves digestive tract mucous membranes.
L-glutamine Provides nourishment for the cells that line the inside of the GI tract.  Improves cellular absorption of nutrients, keeps mucous membranes healthy and intact. Protects against leaky gut.
Porcine duodenum and jejunum Protects and repairs your pet’s upper small intestine.  Decreases inflammation of pancreas and stomach.  Balances gut pH.
Bovine and Ovine Spleen Boosts the immune system and provides proteins and minerals to create new red and white blood cells.  Improves circulation and detox.
Defatted Wheat Germ The most nutritious part of wheat. Not overly processed. The fat portion is removed which can compromise freshness and shelf life.  Contains vitamin E and vitamin B complex in natural, healthy ratios. Provides selenium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Bovine Liver Improves liver detoxification, metabolism of fats, sugars and proteins.  Supports production of bile. Packed with vitamin A and vitamin B complex. Contains iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
Veal Bone PMG™ Extract Supports bone marrow health which provides healthy levels of red and white blood cells.  Boosts the immune system and powers immune cells present on the gastrointestinal epithelial lining.
Alfalfa Juice Juiced fresh on the organic Standard Process farm, ensuring that this ingredient is packed with valuable antioxidants. Contains calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin C-complex.
Bovine Parotid PMG™ Improves health of salivary glands and ensures adequate saliva production.  Also helps begin the process of starchy carbohydrate break down. Can also neutralize autoimmune attacks in salivary glands and mouth.
Bovine Kidney Improves detoxification from kidneys if the liver is compromised.  Also, valuable source of protein, iron and important electrolytes.
Mushroom Antioxidants decrease inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract, especially in cases of leaky guy or inflammatory bowel disease.  Provides vitamin C-complex and boosts the immune system.
Nutritional Yeast Contributes whole vitamin B-complex, needed for energy production, gastric mobility, and liver health. Also balances stress hormones and blood sugar.
Bovine Liver PMG™ Extract Heals liver damage from toxins or infection.  Improves your pet’s detox systems.

Also neutralizes potential autoimmune diseases.

Bovine Adrenal PMG™ Extract Balances stress hormones which function to alter gastric motility speed.  Helps with tissue repair and provides whole vitamin C-complex.
Pea Vine Juice Protects intestinal and stomach cells from damage from oxygen free radicals.  Neutralizes inflammation. Large source of vitamin E and chlorophyll which stimulates cellular healing as well as soothing gastric ulcers.
Bovine Pancreas Cytosol and PMG™ Extract Heals the pancreas with the exact proteins, enzymes, minerals, and electrolytes that the pancreas needs. Can provide beneficial digestive enzymes and neutralizes potential autoimmune mechanism against the pancreas.
Purified Bovine Bile Salts Improves the micro-environment and pH of the intestines.  Stimulates the secretion and function of bile from your pet’s liver. Improves digestion.
Carrot Supplies many vitamins and minerals, including a natural non-toxic source of vitamin A.
Bovine Orchic Extract Improves the absorption and distribution of vitamins and minerals with its contribution of hyaluronidase.  Also balances stress hormones with magnesium.  Prevents gastrointestinal cramps which cause pain and could contribute to certain GI disorders like foreign body obstruction or intussusception.
Oat Flour Provides fat soluble vitamin A in a natural and non-toxic way.  Protects the liver and removes inflammation from the body and gastrointestinal tract.
Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish moss) Contributes valuable minerals and some vitamins. But, its biggest contribution to the digestive system health is chlorophyll which soothes and heals ulcers.
Licorice Remedy for leaky gut as well as adrenal disorders.  Soothes nausea and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Allantoin Promotes cellular regeneration which is extremely important in normal GI papillae formation. Involves immune system and absorption of nutrients.
Wheat Germ Oil Soothes tissue, especially in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.  Contributes large volumes of vitamin E and also helps to heal any liver damage.
Beet Leaf Juice Superfood that is packed with iron and vitamin A. Protects liver and balances liver metabolism.
Calcium Glycerophosphate Helps to balance pH in the small intestine, and neutralizes acid in the stomach. Also is needed to make important components of bile.
Chlorophyll Extract Super packed with antioxidants to heal tissue. Also is stimulating for epithelial tissue repair. Speeds healing, contains vitamin C-complex, boosts the immune system and coats an soothes ulcers.
Bovine Pituitary PMG™ Extract Promotes normal communication between the gut and brain. Also helps the pancreas secrete insulin.
Bentonite Clay used to bind toxins to excrete them from the gastrointestinal tract.  Prevents toxins from reaching the liver. Supports normal immune system and normal liver function.
Bovine Parathyroid Provides extra support to the parathyroid glands, which are important for hormonal body communication and calcium metabolism.
Canine and Feline Enteric Support Complementary Supplements:
Important Vitamin and Mineral Measurements:
  • Phosphorus 5 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sodium 12 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Vitamin B2 30 mcg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Niacin 0.2 mcg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Calcium 5 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sodium 14 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
Supplement Dosing Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs

1 teaspoon twice per day

Important Supplement Information:
  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.

When beginning supplementation, I recommend the following taper-up process. This is only because these ingredients are so nutrient-dense. We can decrease your pet’s adjustment period, which may result in a soft stool. This adjustment phase is generally 1-2 days long and normal consistency of stool will return to normal without treatment.

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                ½ teaspoon
  • WEEK 4                1 teaspoon

Once you get to your pet’s maintenance dose, based on the dosage chart, continue at this dose.

For example: If your pet weighs 35 lbs –

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                Stay at ¼ teaspoon as maintenance therapeutic dose
Supplement Size Variations
Size Product ID# Price
30g A1400 $18.15
110g A145 $56.10
90 tablets A5105 $35.20
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Commonly Asked Questions about Standard Process Supplements


What happens if my pet experiences a soft stool or diarrhea during the introduction adjustment process?

These events only appear in less than ten percent of new pets and the transient effect of the adjustment period usually resolves itself within 24 – 48 hours. If your pet has runny poop, keep them well hydrated. If desired, a small amount of canned pumpkin can be added to food.


Are there potential side effects to these products?

Since these nutritional supplements are made from food, there is little to no risk of side effects. The only side effect I’ve ever seen is diarrhea if the pet gets a gigantic dose. For example, if a pet eats a whole bottle. If I had a dollar for every time one of my pets ate a whole bottle, I’d have a pretty full piggy bank. Since pets love these products so much, we recommend keeping them in a cabinet or some place that your pet cannot get to.


How often do I need to give these nutritional supplements?

Dr. Candy recommends twice a day. They can be given with or without food. Providing a steady supply of healing resources allows your pet’s body to heal and repair all day and all night.


Why do I have to start with a small amount and taper up?

This is just a recommendation to try to reduce the occurrence of soft stool while the body gets used to processing these rich food supplements. It’s kind of like if you and I went out to eat and ate a whole plate of liver and onions. It wouldn’t hurt us, but we may be running to the bathroom later.


What is the difference between the canine and feline versions of the supplement?

There is not a huge difference between the canine and feline supplement formulations. The main difference is in the supplement form. Canine formulations come as powders. Feline formulations come as tablets. The tablet design can make it easier to give to a cat as a treat or meal additive. But I found that I was almost always grinding the tablet into a powder and mixing it in food anyway. So, most of the time, I use the canine preparation. Both are safe for both pet types.


Supplement Dosage Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs 1 teaspoon twice per day


Important Supplement Information:

  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.


Can my pet take this therapeutic supplement with other medications and treatments?

Yes! In general, yes. These whole food supplements can be complimentary to other medications. There are no interactions or toxic effects when using natural food to heal your pet’s body. If your pet is involved in a clinical research trial, ask your supervising veterinarian if it is ok.


How long should my pet take these supplements?

On average, Dr. Candy keeps your pet on these supplements for a minimum of 3-6 months. Then, together with the family and pet status, we re-evaluate. Some pets with simple short-term illnesses may only require these supplements for the 3-6-month time period. In these cases, after balancing and healing, your pet’s diet and home care program can be modified to maintain whole health.

In other cases, perhaps with more chronic disease or severity, pets may need to be on these therapeutic supplements for a year or more, or possibly for life. If a pet does require therapeutic supplementation long-term, we know that support with natural food is far better than artificial chemicals or medications.


How quickly should I see a change in my pet’s health?

This depends on the initial health status of your pet and the condition being supplemented. In the case of acute illness, you may see changes within 24-48 hours. Most commonly, these changes or improvements are very subtle. In cases of complex or chronic conditions, most families see a significant improvement in 4 weeks.


Uhoh, my pet ate the whole bottle. What should I do? Is this toxic?

This happens a lot, it will be okay. Since the products are so natural and highly palatable, this situation arises frequently. We remind families to keep the products out of reach and in a cool, dry, dark place. If your pet consumes a large portion or a whole bottle, monitor them closely. Just as with other products from nature, most of the time the worst that will happen is soft stool or diarrhea. Make sure that your pet is well hydrated and does not develop any bloody vomiting or diarrhea. If this occurs, take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

If you are dealing with soft stool or other gastrointestinal issues, it can be helpful to let your pet rest. Additionally, you may skip one meal and consider a fluid-only meal such as a small amount of water or broth.


How should these supplements be stored? Do I need to refrigerate them?

The Standard Process Veterinary Supplements do not need to be refrigerated. Keep the products out of reach from pets and children. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place like a cabinet.


Why are there so many organs and glandular tissues in these products? Yuck! Aren’t these gross leftovers or by-products?

On the contrary, organ tissues are some of the most nutrient dense parts of an animal. If you watch one of those nature shows on TV, you will see that after a predator kills its prey, the very first thing that they eat are the organs and glands. The predator gobbles them up because they are packed with rich proteins, full complex vitamins, and natural sources of minerals. The predator wants to eat these first before scavengers or competition comes around.

For example, look at the liver. Liver is higher in vitamin A, vitamin B complexes, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium than most other “super foods” out there. To get the same amount of vitamin B12 as a 1-inch cube of liver, you or your pet would have to eat one of the following:

  • A whole large salmon or filet
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 flat iron steaks
  • 5 cups of low-fat milk

So, while in the US we view organ meats as “gross”, other cultures and animals understand that organs and glands are powerful sources jam packed with nutrition.


 My pet has tested to be *allergic* to beef or other protein sources in the supplement. Should I be concerned?

Most of the time, when pets are tested for food allergies, they are tested for cooked muscle meat, as this is what is found in canned and kibbled pet foods. Because of the various protein shapes and the effects of cooking, usually raw muscle meat and organ tissues do not cause the same allergic reactions.

In my experience, if your pet is in a current severe stage of inflammation, allergy or disease, I usually wait 30 days for the immune system/body to calm down and then slowly add in the supplement. In my own pets, I do not see an allergic reaction or negative response if my pet’s immune system is stable. However, if they are in the middle of a big flare up, I decrease or discontinue the supplement for a short period of time until they feel better.


Are there any alternative ways to administer this supplement if my pet won’t eat it mixed in their food?

Occasionally this does happen, especially if the pet is used to a carbohydrate heavy or artificially flavored diet. I explain it as, if I was used to eating cookies and happy meals every day, I would probably resist if you put a salad in front of me too.

I recommend starting with really small amounts sprinkled and mixed with food. Then, gradually work up to the starting amount over the period of 1-2 weeks. By then, they should be used to the taste and smell of this healthy supplement.

If this doesn’t work, you could try the following creative approaches or think about a unique solution for your pets:

  • Mixing powder with water or broth and syringing it to your pet
  • Mixing with a simple high-quality canned food
  • Using bone broths and stews for pets
  • Using the feline (tablet) form and hiding it in yummy foods like peanut butter or homecooked chicken breast
  • Putting powder or tablet inside a pill pocket
  • Throwing the treat into the air to be caught and swallowed
  • Using a “chaser” treat
    • Example: here’s your meatball with the therapeutic supplement in it – immediately followed with an irresistible treat
  • Using the “rule of competition”
    • Example: have another pet nearby so that your pet has to eat it before the other pet gets it


A Note From the Manufacturer: 

“Made for cats as well as dogs, Enteric Support brings together a combination as whole food nutrients and tissue factors. This combination provides synergistic, multidimensional support for the diseased intestinal tract. Intestinal physiology is a complex interaction of many physiologic activities. Therefore, the primary focus of this product is support of the intestinal mucosa, digestive secretions, intestinal motility, intestinal immunity, and liver. Providing nutrients and important substrates for each of these areas can facilitate both repair processes and optimal function.

Enteric Support is an important part of the support plan for all patients with GI disease. The range of ingredients supports the intestine in multiple ways that facilitate repair of the intestinal tract. Areas that are supported include salivary, gastric, biliary, and endocrine pancreatic secretions.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to the overall health and well-being of your pet. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems such as the immune system, liver, bone marrow, or adrenal glands. Canine Enteric Support and Feline Enteric Support contain a variety of functional foods that “feed” the various parts of the digestive system.”

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The term “holistic” is a broad term that is often associated with multiple models of medicine or healing.  In general, Dr. Candy Akers follows the basic belief that medicine should address the underlying cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms.  This occurs by supporting your pet’s natural ability to heal and restoring the body balance.  Conventional medicine often follows a different path of just treating signs or symptoms of the particular disease appearance. Disease manifests in our pets as a result of an internal unbalance.  These imbalances of normal health result from various insults or toxins encountered during modern life.   Support for your pets’ body can be in various modalities such as supplements, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. Dr. Akers takes an integrated approach to veterinary medicine, combining both holistic medicine and traditionally trained modern Western medicine.  She uses conventional medical treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms and pain during the healing process while supporting the body with more natural and less invasive alternative treatments.  This combination improves your pet’s quality of life, longevity and whole health.


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