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What Stool Color Means: From Yellow Dog Poop to Black Dog Poop

While at times it may feel like “50 shades of brown”, dog poop color can be extremely insightful and a window into dietary or other nutritional factors, including protein types, fresh produce, and even speed of digestion! Most changes in dog poop color are not immediate cause for concern - what is ‘normal’ varies by dog and even by day. By having a baseline of what ‘normal’ looks like for your dog, we can identify when close monitoring is a practical path forward or when a trip to the emergency vet is most prudent. Through our research at DIG Labs, we’re learning more and more how dog stool offers a window into dog health. The most common colors and frequent...

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Computer Vision and Dog Poop

How to get a glimpse into your dog’s health in 10 seconds In our last computer vision article, we chatted about the areas where computer vision has made our lives easier or healthier with handy tools. At DIG Labs, we are excited to add another area where computer vision can help – managing our dogs’ health. Below are several ways we’ve analyzed thousands of💩 images so far to create useful tools for pet parents and their veterinarians, as well as what’s up next! Dog Poop Photos: The Basics To start, our first goal was to train computers to classify visual information gleaned from stool images, into existing medical or technical standards. Speaking of standards, an approachable way of characterizing stool is...

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What Are the Different Types of Stool Tests for Dogs?

The dog stool sample-perhaps the most dreaded veterinary request of dog parents everywhere. What most people view as a vet’s sick way of torturing them is actually a very useful diagnostic tool for all things digestive as well as the overall health of your dog. A dog fecal sample is not something to be feared, but rather it should be viewed as the window to your dog’s gut health. Why Does My Vet Want A Dog Stool Sample? A stool, or fecal, sample is pretty straight forward. It’s a sample of your dog’s poop. They are also an important indicator of your dog’s health. Stool samples are mainly used to check your pup for parasites. They can also be looked...

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Types of Dog Parasites: Worms in Dogs 101

The word parasite can be scary, especially when put into context of infecting your beloved pup. As a follow up to our brief overview on types of dog parasites, we are now going deep into the world of worms in dogs. There is a reason that your new puppy will go through multiple rounds of deworming upon birth, parasitic intestinal worms in dogs are that common. Hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm, and whipworm infections can be as prevalent as 3.24%, 1.95%, up to 60%, and 0.57%, respectively, in dogs. It’s important to note that a lot of these canine intestinal parasites are zoonotic, meaning that they can also affect humans, though following proper hygiene greatly reduces this risk. FUN FACT: Ringworm is...

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Hi 👋 and welcome to the DIG Blog!

We would love for this to serve as a valuable resource during your pet parent journey and as a channel for building a community of dog advocates. We’ll feature educational content from healthcare thought leaders, DIG member spotlights, rescue success stories, paw-rent hacks and lifestyle information, plus much more! So, what exactly is DIG Labs? DIG Labs a canine healthcare company that is the result of our first-hand experience as dog moms trying to navigate the messy reality of our dogs’ digestive and other health issues. Over the years we found a support system in each other and, ultimately, enough collective frustration and research hours that we decided there had to be a smarter, science-driven way to improve our dogs’...

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