||Dr. Kruger's Story
The story of how Dr. Kruger's
Ultimate Supplement was developed is a testament to the power of love
and science when they join together in a good cause.
As a young man, Dr. Charles Kruger's fondness for animals, coupled
with his strong scientific interests, led him to choose veterinary
medicine as a profession. While he developed his practice, he also
pursued a successful career as a breeder of champion German Shepherds
and Corgis .
Around 1970, a killer began stalking German Shepherd dogs. It was a
sudden death syndrome that attacked the nation's most highly prized
champions. Within 48 hours of first showing symptoms, the dogs would
Breeders became desperate, but no one fully understood the problem or
knew how to prevent it. The devastation continued for over a decade
until the early 1980s, when one particular dog was lost to the
illness. Although the dog wasn't his own, Dr. Kruger was keenly
affected by the loss. This was a magnificent champion, critical to the
continuation of the best characteristics of the breed — and now he was
gone. Motivated by this turn of events to take action on his own, Dr.
Kruger determined to discover the nature of this relentless killer and
find a way to stop it.
With the assistance of Helen ("Scootie") Sherlock and Judith Hale, the
killer was identified as Clostridial enterotoxemia (Toxic Gut
Syndrome). This virulent strain of bacteria entered the gut and
multiplied rapidly, giving off toxins that paralyzed the dog's
intestine, leading to death. Once underway, no surgical or medical
intervention could reverse the process. Dr. Kruger realized it was
vital to prevent the condition from developing in the first place.
An important clue to finding a solution was the fact that the disease
primarily affects German Shepherds (although many other breeds are
susceptible to a similar disorder called Bloat Torsion Complex). Dr.
Kruger's investigations of the literature led him to discover that
German Shepherds often have a reduced output of pancreatic enzymes,
this is characteristic of many German Shepherd dogs. They don't
secrete enough pancreatic enzymes to destroy unfriendly bacteria,
resulting in bacterial overgrowth, and reduction of the digestibility
of food. This general tendency is aggravated in show dogs, because the
stress they face compromises their immune systems. Dr. Kruger came
upon the idea of supplementing the dogs' diets with the missing
enzymes. Then, for an extra measure of safety he would provide
additional good bacteria (the Lactobacilli) that are also critical to
the body's normal process of fighting off bad bacteria. And then,
because he knew that even the best dog foods don't provide all the
nutrients necessary for good health, he added generous amounts of all
the required vitamins and minerals.
Over the next 15 years Dr. Kruger used the supplement on his own dogs
and dispensed it privately through his own practice to other champion
dogs and his veterinary clients. Once the supplement became widely
used by champion German Shepherds, Toxic Gut Syndrome virtually
disappeared, proving the correctness of Dr. Kruger's reasoning. The
surprise was the improvement the dogs showed in so many other areas.
Dogs who take the supplement seem to have more energy. Their digestive
problems — from chronic diarrhea to chronic constipation — are
relieved. Their coats become thick and lustrous and their skin
problems go away. Because they receive complete nutrition from their
food, many dogs actually eat less! And it doesn't matter which breed
uses the supplement. They all thrive on it — and love the taste so
much, they actually lick the bowl clean!
Dr. Kruger's Ultimate Supplement is legendary on the show circuit, but
until now it's only been available in small quantities through the
doctor's own office. Dr. Kruger has finally made his supplement
available to the general public, and today it benefits dogs of every
breed and lifestyle.