1. Increase in viscosity
- Pectin reduces the frequency of bowel movements in diarrhoea cases.
- Pectin helps to keep the food in the digestive tract for longer.
- The animal therefore has more time to absorb the required nutrients.
2. Dual mucus membrane protection
- Pectin provides physical and biological protection.
- Pectin reduces the adhesion of potentially pathogenic bacteria.
- Pectin reduces irritation and inflammation of the mucus membranes.
3. Prebiotic effect
- Pectin is only fermented when it reaches the large intestine.
- The resulting fatty acids are nutrients for the intestinal wall and lower the pH value by a moderate degree.
- This creates the ideal conditions for stable bacterial flora in the large intestine.
Video: Pectin in calf rearing
Study: Calves and pectin
Areas of application for pectin in farm animals and pets
Extracted pectins support the natural barrier functions of calves’ intestines and help to stabilise the digestive tract with their THREE-FOLD EFFECT. This is necessary because although the new-born calf is protected by the colostrum during the first 10 days of its life, as it gets older, the concentration – and the capacity to absorb the protective immunoglobulins – decreases. The calf’s immune system is often not yet strong enough at this point, so it needs support.
During the first weeks of their life and the weaning phase, piglets are susceptible to gastrointestinal tract problems (such as diarrhoea during weaning). Extracted pectins can help to stabilise the juvenile piglet intestines with their THREE-FOLD EFFECT. They support the intestinal functions and help to treat feed-related digestive issues, particularly when the piglets are young.
In liquid form, extracted pectins are suitable for broilers, turkeys, water fowl and laying hens. They provide immediate treatment in the case of diarrhoea and are an ideal preventive measure during the critical phases of the breeding and fattening processes. The pectin can be mixed into the drinking water via the feed tank or the medication dosing feeder. It can be combined with other drink products such as acids, vitamin supplements and phytogenic additives.
Extracted pectins can be added to horse feed to treat non-specific diarrhoea or watery stools. If there is no medical reason for the issue, the main cause is usually difficulties relating to feeding or stabling. Extracted pectin acts exceptionally quickly and precisely and can therefore regulate digestion in a natural way (THREE-FOLD EFFECT of pectin). Thanks to the optimal bioavailability of extracted pectin, watery stools can quickly be regulated and the prebiotic effect also has a long-term stabilising effect on the digestive tract.
Unfortunately, an increasing number of horses are suffering from stomach lining irritation and stomach ulcers. Pectin is also an effective treatment method in these cases. It aids the regeneration of the inflamed stomach lining and the formation of a protective layer in the horse’s stomach.
Thanks to the positive effects of extracted pectins and pectin blends on the gastrointestinal tract, they are also used for pets. They work quickly to improve stool consistency and are therefore a staple component of feed supplements and other special preparations. There is also the option of simply mixing the pectin into the feed during critical phases. It can help dogs in particular during this stressful time for both animal and owner when digestive problems occur.