The DIG Labs Dish — Digestive Health RSS



Probiotics vs. Prebiotics for Dogs

Your dog’s digestive tract is a mini-world full of biodiversity, with good bugs and not-so-good bugs constantly in a battle for balance. From puppyhood to the golden years, your dog’s gut microbiome has been uniquely influenced by the world around it – diet, environment, and experiences - and plays a huge role in their overall health.1 Approximately 70% of your dog’s immune system lives in their gut, which is one of the main reasons why it’s important for your dog’s microbiome to be balanced. When the microbiome is off balance, our dogs are more susceptible for immune dysfunction like diarrhea, allergies, and obesity.1,2 The immune system is impacted by the relationship between the intestinal microbiota and the dog’s mucosa (GI...

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Why the Dog Digestive System is the Key to a Healthy Dog

It’s been said that “the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Well, the same can be said for dogs.  The gastrointestinal tract is the key to all organ systems, not just the heart, performing at their finest. The digestive system does more than just produce poop, it feeds the body, supplying nutrients like glucose and amino acids, to all cells and systems. Your dog’s heart wouldn’t beat, their tails wouldn’t wag, and their tongue wouldn’t loll without it. So, what does that all mean? It means the better that you feed that digestive system, the better your dog will function. Providing high quality nutrition directly impacts the quality health in your pup. Let’s take a quick journey...

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Blood in Dog Stool: Why is My Dog Pooping Blood?

As dog owners, we’ve become overwhelmingly familiar with what’s considered “normal” for our dog’s poop to look like, and that usually doesn’t include anything red. So, when we see a streak of blood or jelly-like pools of it, naturally we tend to be concerned. Fear not, blood in dog stool is not always a cause for an immediate vet visit, but a call should be made. There are two different types of blood in dog stool: hematochezia and melena. Hematochezia is fresh blood, occurring in the large intestine or rectum, which is why it is a bright red color. Hematochezia can be mixed into the dog stool itself or you could see a few solo blood droplets. This bright red...

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5 Top Home Remedies for Dogs with Diarrhea

As a dog parent, healthy, easy to pick up dog poop is an often-overlooked blessing within our daily lives. Nothing can throw off your day quite like Fido experiencing a bout of diarrhea. If loose stool is the only symptom you’re observing, try our top 5 home remedies for acute diarrhea: 1. Try a short term fast Since dog’s have a relatively short digestive tract[1], limit your dog’s intake of food in order to give their digestive system a break. By forgoing the next meal (or two) you give your dog’s digestive tract the ability to settle and recover from potential irritants. Don’t worry about Fido skipping a meal or two – intermittent fasting is actually beneficial (similar to humans!)...

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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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