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Causes of Constipation in Dogs

Have you ever worried your dog might be constipated but didn’t really know what to do about it? It’s not the most common issue dogs have, but it definitely happens from time to time.  It’s usually easy to recognize when your dog has diarrhea, but it can be a bit more difficult to notice constipation in your dog. Don’t worry though - we’re here to help! What is constipation? Constipation in dogs can be described as difficulty passing stool or the inability to pass stool. While constipation is usually easy to reverse, there may be situations where it can indicate a more severe problem.  Signs of Constipation in Dogs1,2 Some common signs of constipation in dogs include:  Straining to pass...

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Causes of Dog Diarrhea

Every dog will have diarrhea at some point in their life. Diarrhea refers to passing very watery or soft stools and is one of the most common clinical signs presented to a veterinarian. It can occur for many simple reasons, such as a stressful event or giving too many treats. But there can also be more complex issues that can lead to diarrhea, like infections, foreign objects or certain illnesses. Below is a list of the various causes of diarrhea in dogs:1,2 Cause of diarrhea Description Dietary indiscretion Dogs may get an upset stomach from something they’ve recently eaten. This can be a new food or related to eating something they shouldn’t have, like garbage or spoiled food.  Change in...

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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: Crisis Mode, or Wait-and-See?

You’re on a regular walk with your dog, and she stops to squat and poop. When you go to pick it up, you see red – literally. Is my dog pooping blood? Did she eat cranberries? What is going on? Your mind starts racing – is she bleeding inside? Is she OK? She seems normal and happy… what should I do? As dog owners, we’ve become very familiar with what’s considered “normal” for our dog’s poop to look like. So when the alarm bells are sounding, something is definitely up. Good news – not all blood is a cause for the “code-red emergency vet” visit. Here are some tips for how to make the decision. There are two different types...

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