ProBalance for Dogs

Canine ProBalance is a super concentrated, fully balanced protein, fatty acid, vitamin and mineral supplement that also provides multiple highly active ingredients in support of a competent immune system, protection against free radical oxidation, to assist with normal digestion and utilization of nutrients, to aid in the nourishment and lubrication of joint cartilage and to protect eye, heart and brain function in dogs of all ages.  ProBalance improves pet wellness, increases activity, maximizes performance, helps push back normal age-related diseases, maintains physiological processes in a more youthful state and ultimately allows our dogs to live a longer, healthier, and more enjoyable life.

Why ProBalance Works

ProBalance is able to accomplish all of this as a result of:

  • Concentrated Ingredient Balance
  • Unsurpassed Protein Quality
  • Enhanced Amino Acid Profiles
  • Exclusive use of proprietary and patented highly Active Ingredients

ProBalance contains a balance blend of multiple high-quality protein sources that provide all 10 essential amino acids, plus additional Taurine, L-Glutamine, L-Ornithine, L-Glutathione, L-Carnitine, L-Carnosine, and the Branch Chain Amino Acids (Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine)   providing an amino acid profile that assists in maintaining optimum health throughout life’s many stressful events and to facilitate rapid recovery following high activity, performance, illness, injury, surgery or disease.  

ProBalance Research

Studies conducted at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University have demonstrated that using ProBalance following injury or surgery helps to positively influence nitrogen balance resulting in a decreased rate of skeletal muscle breakdown and weight loss, while providing an increase in both the rate and strength of wound healing.

Special Nutritional Needs of the Performance Athlete

ProBalance is recommended for any dog that routinely trains for endurance or needs improved conditioning or added strength. Examples include police and military dogs; field trial and hunting breeds; show, racing, coursing, agility and sled dogs.  Owners who take their dogs on long daily runs or hike difficult trails can benefit by supplementing ProBalance.

Active dogs competing in sports or those engaging in the physical and mental demands of service work burn more calories and have different energy needs than companion dogs. Performance-dog owners who want to keep their canine athletes in peak condition need to understand their dogs’ special nutritional needs

It should be said that ultimate fitness cannot be achieved unless optimum health is present.

Next to total body weight, activity is the second most important factor in determining dietary needs for an active pet. Often the lifestyle of the pet owner determines the activity level of their pet. The number of overweight dogs and cats today indicates that too few of us are adequately exercising our best friends resulting in human and pet overweight problems that could be avoided.

The various breeds and strains of dogs differ greatly in their degree and type of athletic ability. At one extreme are the sprinters such as Greyhounds and Whippets. At the other end of the spectrum are the endurance champions – northern sled dogs. In between is a full spectrum of working and sporting breeds.

Hard work requires extra nutrients: 1. fuel for the muscular activity and energy expenditure, and 2, the energy loss due to stress. Larger food volumes are not conducive to better performance; thus, performance dog owners must focus on providing diets and supplements that are both calorie and nutrient dense.

Calories come from the three primary food sources: proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Protein, preferably high-quality animal-based protein, provides more than just energy. Protein provides essential amino acids for muscle building, tissue repair, hormone synthesis, and other metabolic processes associated with high activity.

The Canine Athlete Often Presents a Nutritional Problem

An average dog weighing 55 pounds requires around 1500 calories per day for maintenance. If fed a typical premium diet containing about 500 calories per cup one would need to feed 3 cups per day to fulfill maintenance level nutritional needs.

Compare that to the needs of a working dog. Imagine a 55-pound Siberian Husky dog pulling a sled in the Iditarod Race, which includes running over a hundred miles a day for 10 days in temperatures that chill both the mind and spirit. Energy requirements can easily reach 10,000 calories per day.  In order to meet this dog’s energy needs one would need to feed 20 cups or  5-7 pounds of food a day – an amount that exceeds 10% of the typical sled dog’s total body weight. To accomplish meeting such needs without putting the sled dog into unbelievable gastric pain…mushers have reversed the role of traditional feeding. They build their racing diet from highly concentrated protein and fat sources with the addition of a lot of concentrated supplements. If they occasionally add a little commercial kibble, it is usually done to satisfy an endorsement contracts.

To put this into perspective…try feeding any 55-pound pet dog 7 times the normal volume of food and see how ready for action it will be.

Having worked with performance dog owners over the years, I can say this with utter certainty…in order to achieve ultimate performance you must feed a biologically appropriate, nutrient dense diet and utilize my Veterinary Health Supplements to get the best results possible.

ProBalance Active Ingredients

ProBalance contains a proprietary protein blend along with a full complement of antioxidants known to be helpful to an animal’s ability to naturally defend itself against disease and reduce cellular damage from excessive free radical oxidation.

ProBalance also has a complete fatty acid profile including high EPAand DHA marine source Omega-3 fatty acids that serve as active modulators of numerous hormones and prostaglandins. In addition, ProBalance provides significant levels of phospholipids, which function as protective barriers for the cells of the body.

For the gastro-intestinal tract, ProBalance contains a proprietary enzyme blend accompanied by both Pre- and Probiotics that help improve nutrient digestion and absorption while reducing the level of unwanted bacterial species that cause discomforting gas, toxins, and disease.

ProBalance also contains a patented Type II Collagen that provides natural Chondroitin and Hyaluronic Acid to help maintain the normal structure and function of healthy joint tissue without any unwanted side effects.

Finally, ProBalance offers the ability to enhance the daily needs of the highly active dog in a highly palatable, easy to use powder.

Dr. Barnett’s hints for achieving the Ultimate Performance Dog:

  • When increasing the fat content of the diet for more energy it must also be balanced   with increased levels of high biological proteins. This also creates an extra demand  for riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which are precursors of the coenzymes involved in cellular oxidative processes.
  • Most attempts to provide extra energy by increasing carbohydrate levels has led to a symptom called tying-up in dogs. This is where the large muscles of the hind legs become stiff, hard, and painful.  Sled dog owners have reported that when carbohydrate is fed above 10%, their dog’s foot pads break down easier. Colon spasms from long distance running also occurs and results in rectal bleeding and anemia.
  • In order for fatty acids to be transported across cell membranes, additional L-Carnitine is required.  When additional fat is used to provide energy, additional biotin, choline, and phospholipids should also be supplemented.
  • Exercise and stress have been shown to rapidly deplete the normal levels of vitamin C in the dog.  Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of L-Carnitine and should be supplemented.
  • Additional leucine, an amino acid that is essential for energy in the working muscle is required. Leucine oxidation accounts for about 5% of oxygen consumption in human muscle where, in the dog, it can easily reach 15%. The coenzymes involved in oxidative deamination of leucine in muscle are derived from biotin, pyridoxine, and pantothenic acid. Leucine is one of the 10 essential amino acids of the dog, meaning it must be supplied in the diet or through a high-quality Veterinary Health Supplement.
  • Several trace elements are required for hard work. Chromium is required for the action of insulin to facilitate glucose uptake in muscle cells. Iodine is incorporated into thyroxin. The rate of thyroxin peripheral degradation is dependent on muscular activity. Selenium and vitamin E are required for cell membrane integrity, which is threatened during severe exercise.
  • Iron is incorporated into three important oxygen carriers. Cytochrome is the terminal oxidative system in nearly all cells. Hemoglobin and Myoglobin are essential for oxygen transport in the blood and muscle fibers.
  • Zinc has been shown in multiple scientific studies to be essential for racing sled dogs.

Stress and Canine Performance

Stress is a set of physiological changes that mimic the same responses a dog undergoes when the extra demand of performance is present. Up to a point, these responses can be beneficial (eustress). Beyond this point, responses are regarded as disadvantageous or pathological (distress).

Stress stimulates the adrenal gland to secrete cortisone. This response involves a series of neural, endocrinologic and metabolic events. Other hormones, notably glucagon and growth hormone are released during stress.

Cortisone makes fuel available for muscle contraction along with several other beneficial actions. However, high levels of cortisone over time suppresses immune competence and retards the production of red blood cells.

During stress, vitamin C is progressively depleted in the adrenal gland and in blood. The addition of vitamin C has been shown to increase physical efficiency during heavy work.

Several nutrients: protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, and vitamins A, E, C, niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin have been shown to undergo changes during stress.  Levels may become depleted in blood and other tissues. Urinary excretion of these ingredients may also increase during stress.   All of the above makes it highly likely that the higher the stress in a dog the more likely it would benefit from a high quality Veterinary Health Supplement like ProBalance.

By Clayton Bolinger
April 18, 2024