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Does Your Dog’s Food Contain Probiotics, Even If It Claims To?

Your kibble might be lying to you.Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number of choices there are in the pet food aisle at the supermarket? With different brands claiming that their food helps “promote alertness and mental sharpness” or that it’s been “clinically proven to maintain digestive health,” it can be difficult to know which one is the best for your pup’s specific needs.We’ve always wondered here at DIG Labs just how accurate these claims are. We want the absolute best for our dogs and decided to look into some of these assertions, specifically surrounding the addition of probiotics in different types of kibble. Our own pups were struggling with digestive issues even though their kibble claimed to contain probiotics! We...

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Choosing the Best Probiotic for Your Dog

With many probiotics available, how do you pick the best probiotic for your dog? Here are the three main elements we recommend researching when picking a probiotic for your pup: 1. Colony Forming Units (CFU) — In order for a meaningful amount of probiotics to successfully pass through the harsh digestive tract of dogs (which can reach a pH of 1 - the acidity of battery acid!), it is important to begin with a high CFU count since not all the bacteria will survive the trip. Begin by looking at the ratio of probiotics per serving on the back label. Some dog foods or probiotic supplements may only have a few million CFU per serving, which may not be sufficient for rebalancing...

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Dealing with dog stomach issues and our favorite home remedies

Did you know that over 80% of a dog’s immune system resides in the digestive tract? And their digestive tract can reach a pH of 1–2 during digestion? Dogs digestive tracts are arguably the most important system when it comes to maintaining good health. The digestive tract identifies nutrients from toxins and respond appropriately to each. Ensuring a healthy digestive system is the best way to ensure a healthy dog. Like humans, dogs’ digestive tracts are home to an entire ecosystem of bacteria that help break down food into more bioavailable and absorptive nutrients, guard against infection, produce essential vitamins and minerals, and regulate the environment to optimize digestion. Collectively known as the microbiome, the type and abundance of gut bacteria...

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What is the Gut Microbiome?

And more importantly, why does it even matter? Most dogs will suffer from digestive issues at some point, just like humans might. Parasites picked up outside can lead to common ailments, such as giardia, that lead to pretty nasty symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, excessive gas, weight loss, and loss of appetite. Fortunately, this common issue is identified by a simple stool test from your vet and remedied by oral dewormers. However, there are also many other causes — anxiety, stress, sudden changes in diet, antibiotics, and sensitive digestive tracts — and the unfortunate reality that dogs can’t tell us what’s wrong. Like many attentive dog parents, we found ourselves constantly managing symptoms. We were both stressed out by the perpetual...

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