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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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Mucus: The Unsung Hero of Digestive Immunity

At DIG Labs, our mission is to help expand access to insights and data. As pet parents ourselves, one of the most frustrating aspects of caring for the health of our pets is the lack of availability of scientifically sound research when it comes to canine health. That’s why, from time to time, we’ll be writing review blogs, where we take a peer-reviewed scientific journal article, and break it down into more manageable bits of information. While you should definitely consult with your veterinarian with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your pet’s health condition, we hope that these tools will help support those conversations. Below is a summary of our latest article, which can be found here....

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Dog Poop: What Can It Tell You?

Let's talk about the awesomeness of poop!  This discussion might not be the most ‘fun’ one to have, but poop is an important indicator of your dog’s health, especially since dogs can’t tell us what’s happening in their bodies! Josh Rishman and Anish Sheth write, “Not unlike a snowflake, each bowel movement has a uniqueness that should be regarded with wondrous appreciation.” Just like humans, dogs’ digestive tracts play a leading role in their overall health and so while we often focus on what goes in, what comes out is equally as important.  Instead of switching to auto-pilot next time your dog is doing her business, try to take note of the four C’s: Consistency, Coating, Contents, and Color.   Dog...

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Side Effects of Antibiotics in Dogs: What are the Side Effects of Giving Dogs Antibiotics?

Your dog is on antibiotics – it’s ok! Even the healthiest, most doted on dogs may occasionally get sick. That’s why veterinarians report that antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed drugs. A dog on antibiotics could be recovering from a range of illnesses - from an ear infection to Giardia. In some instances, however, the side effects of antibiotics on your dog’s digestive system can include vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.  While antibiotics are effective in destroying the bacteria that causes your dog to be sick, they often also destroy the “good” bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract, where the all-important gut microbiome lives. You might not have heard of the gut microbiome before — and it may...

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