Cat Prebiotics: VIYO
Veterinarian Reviewed on April 1, 2014 by Dr. Janice Huntingford
Viyo is a prebiotic drink that helps to reinforce the natural resistance of cats and dogs. Viyo can be best compared with Actimel or Yakult for humans.
As with humans, 70% of the natural defence system of a dog or cat is located in the intestines. Healthy intestinal functioning is therefore crucial to strong resistance. Improved intestinal functioning helps cats and dogs stay in top form.
Viyo helps enhance natural defences in 3 ways:
1. Intestinal Bacteria
Viyo contains FOSim+. The formula ensures that the active prebiotic components Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) and inulin are efficiently taken up, due to the liquid formula, where they are needed the most: in the intestines. Here, they raise the number of good bacteria which support natural defences. The prebiotic active nutritional fibres stimulate the development and activity of positive intestinal bacteria, such as bifidus and lactobacillus. As a result, more good bacteria are present in the intestines to fight disease causing germs and to prevent intestinal infections.
2. Intestinal Wall
The intestinal wall works like a filter through which positive nutrients are absorbed into the body and damaging bacteria are stopped. The intestinal wall is covered with a biofilm intended to prevent bad germs from penetrating the organ. Viyo promotes production of this biofilm: after all, a thicker biofilm constitutes a more efficient barrier.
3. Immune System
Viyo stimulates the response capacity of the immune system in the intestines so that damaging bacteria are more easily fought.
Viyo can be fed as is or mixed with water.
Currently Viyo is available for 3 different life stages: Kitten – Adult – Senior.
Viyo is available through 3 different channels, with adapted formulas of the product: Retail, Breeders and the more potent Veterinary product.
Viyo is produced in Belgium by Viyo International NV and is currently available in the following countries: United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Russia, Japan.
The Viyo brand name originates from the combination of the two words “Vitality” and “Youth” put together.
Chicken broth, spray dried chicken liver, dried chicken meat, chicken fat, maltodextrins, dried milk protein (lactose-free), lecithin, canola oil, modified starch, dextrose, powdered cellulose, inulin, fructooligosacharide, guar gum, salt, natural and artificial flavors, taurine, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Panthotenate, Choline CHloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Calcium Carbonate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate.
Viyo contains Fosim+, a liquid prebiotic formula that increases the quantity of healthy bacteria in the intestines.
Fosim+ is a formula that contains the active prebiotic components fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin in a unique and highly palatable liquid formula. Thanks to the liquid formula, Fosim+ is taken up into the intestines quicker and more effectively and guarantees a better effect than tablets or other powder or diet formulations. Here, the fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin increase the number of good bacteria, which support natural defences. The prebiotic fibres fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin from Fosim+ ferment in the large intestine and, as a result, the growth of healing bacteria in the intestines is boosted, to the detriment of potentially damaging variants. Average consumption of 0.1 g of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin per day is considered to be effective. This corresponds with a daily, 30 ml portion of Viyo.
Recommended Daily Intake (amount below may be given as single daily feeding or split into two feedings per day)
Small breed: 6-22 lb / 3-10 kg: 0.5-1.0fl.oz. / 15-30ml
Medium Breed: 22-44 lb / 10 – 20 kg: 1.0-1.7fl.oz / 30-50ml
Large Breed: >44lb / >20kg: 1.7-2.4fl.oz / 50-70ml
Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min 2.8%; Crude Fat min 2.5%; Crude Fiber max 0.5%; Moisture max 87%.
Average Analysis per kg: Lysine min 0.4%, Methionine min 0.3%, Iron min 6mg/kg, Manganese min 1.2 mg/kg, Zinc min 3.6 mg/kg, Vitamin A min 1320 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 min 132 IU/kg, Vitamin E min 24 IU/kg, Thiamine min 1.44 mg/kg, Riboflavin min 4.2mg/kg, Panthotenic acid min 10mg/kg, Niacin min 12 mg/kg, Vitamin B6 min 7.2 mg/kg, Folic acid min 0.2 mg/kg, Vitamin B12 min 0.025 mg/kg, Choline min 240 mg/kg, Biotin min 0.06 mg/kg, Taurine min 0.2%, Omega-3 fatty acids min 0.1%
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan