"My name is Susan Weiss and I am the President of Ark Naturals. That report dates back to March 2007, and we were very unhappy about it as well. Here are some things we found out - and what steps we took by April 2007.
1) Consumer Labs does not tell you where/which retailer they took product from. We don't know how long the retailer had it on the shelf nor the environmental conditions of the store.
2) Additionally - Consumer Reports did give us the specific lot# that was tested and as we maintain a bottle of every lot we ship for approx 5 years, we were able to send it off to 2 labs to have it re-rested. The results were inconclusive - as one laboratory said it was over the label claim and one label said it was just under the label claim. We further found out that there are multiple ways to test for the activity level in probiotics - and when we questioned Consumer Labs they declined to reveal their method of testing. Note: that when Consumer Lab publishes these reports - if a product is under label claim - it could be anything from .01mg under label claim to 100% under label claim -- (so that is kind of inflammatory right there)
3) Additionally you might want to know that Consumer Labs operates as a protection type of Lab. For example, if a company chooses to belong to their testing program, should one of their products fail to make label claim, that info is delivered privately and not made public. We choose not to pay for 'protection'
4) Finally - as we were very unhappy - in all subsequent lots of Gentle Digest - we increased the amount of live viable spores to 15 mg which is equal to 100,000,000 live viable spores. However, we did not change the label claim. Why did we do that? We also learned that 'live' bacteria is very sensitive and, as we can't be sure how long they sit in a distributor's warehouse or on a retailer's shelf, we wanted to be sure that we were delivering the full potential of that product. Our label claim is: 50million live bacteria. I hope you know we take our obligations very seriously. Thanks for your comments.
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President Ark Naturals, Natural Products For Pets" - Susan Weiss
"This product is EXCELLENT. My Brittany gets terrible gas after every meal and we have tried many different foods including home cooked. Nothing worked. When we have company, she really does clear out the room. I tried the Ark Gentle Digest because I have had great success with Ark's Happy Traveler for thunderstorms for my other Brittany. I wasn't expecting much, so I was amazed to find the Gentle Digest really works. If I forget to give her a pill with her meal, I know it within half an hour, then I just give her a pill separately and the terrible gas goes away. I give her a pill in the morning and one in the afternoon. " - Mirabelle
"I have been using Dancing Paws "Shake'n'Zyme for over 25 years for various dogs and cats that I've had over the years.
It seems like the product changed a bit about 10 or 15 years ago and wasn't as "cheesey" and clumped a little in the jar, but it is still a very good product.
I used it in the late 1990s for my dog, Little Bear, who had leukemia, which caused digestive problems and this product helped him to not have as much diarrhea. I sometimes sprinkled it on his food and other times, he just licked the powder out of my hand.
I have also used it for my other dogs and cats who were not sick, just to insure that they got the most nutrition out of their food. My pets really like the taste and are more than happy to eat it. In fact, I have also sprinkled some on pet food when I had a picky eater and the flavor of the Shake n Zyme led them to eat their food more readily.
I even tried some myself and I liked the flavor. I still have some in the refrigerator because I like to keep it on hand--just in case. I am currently going to purchase some for friends--one whose older dog is throwing up once or twice a week to see if that ill help solve her digestive issues and one for a friend who rescues feral cats and has two sick ones right now because probiotics and digestive enzymes help the immune system." - Mariane C. Naegele
"After buying it, our Vet suggested we didn't give it to our dog due to her weak immune system. I'm sure it would be fine for a healthy dog (just check with vet)." - Cara Hasper
"We adopted a fantastic dog from the shelter and for a full year we battled a sensitive stomach! Every little thing set it off! The vet couldn't find a single problem! Finally I found Actipet Digestive blend, I just give him 1 tspn per day with breakfast, (he's 100 lbs) and after 1 week he's 100% better. Now, very rarely do we have a case of the booty flu (compared to every couple days)! Thank you Actipet and Thank you eVitamns.com for such great pricing and availability!!" - Alexa
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