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The DIG Labs Dish — Dog Food RSS

Prevotella Bacteria and Carbs for Dogs: How A Dog’s Diet Affects the Microbiome

As a quick refresher from our earlier blog post, the microbiome is the ecosystem of bacteria and other microorganisms living on or inside an animal, and in this case, our dogs. There can be many microbiomes in a single animal, including the gut, skin, and mouth. Both humans and dogs have microbiome communities like this! The microbiome is extremely complex, and the source of both emerging and ongoing research. Every dog has a gut microbiome that is unique to them. Your dog’s age, breed, weight, exercise levels, genetics, antibiotics taken, and more, can affect what their microbiome is made up of. As you may suspect, diet also has a significant impact on the constituents of your dog’s microbiome. In this article we will...

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Guaranteed Analysis & Ingredients: A Practical Guide How to Read Dog Food Labels

Have you ever looked at a dog food label and thought, ‘well this is a load of jargon!’. You aren’t alone! Reading dog food labels and understanding dog food nutrition in the current state of the industry is frustrating. (Note: If you’re interested in learning more about the current status of dog food regulations and organizations, please read more here.) However, once you grasp the main areas of a dog food label, you can piece them together to make more informed decisions for your dog’s health. Dog food labels don’t say everything and are far from ideal, but are a good starting point and EVERY pet parent should be able to generally understand them for the health of their dog....

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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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Canine Nutrition: Macronutrients vs Micronutrients

Understanding (and then providing!) proper nutrition is one of the most important roles for pet parents. Nutrition is not only a foundational aspect of your dog’s daily health maintenance, but it’s also often a key component of disease management. But what is a nutrient? A nutrient is any food constituent that helps support life by being involved in all basic functions of the body, such as: Acting as a structural component Participating in chemical reactions Transporting substances Maintaining temperature, and Supplying energy. Every ingredient in your dog’s food contains different nutrients, which can be thought of as either macronutrients or micronutrients. What Are Macronutrients? Macronutrients are the big building blocks, the main components of your dog’s nutrition. These nutrients, including...

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5 Tips for Feeding a Foster Dog

The first day with a foster he or she may not have an appetite (or even go to the bathroom) - don’t be alarmed! This is totally normal for dogs who need a bit of time and space to adjust to new surroundings and stress may be causing a lack of appetite. Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive with routines so the commotion of being transported to a whole world of new smells, sights, and sounds can be disorienting. Feeding a foster dog should be done with purpose in order to help accelerate your foster’s acclimation to his or her new normal. A top insider foster dog tip is that food - not just treats – should be used...

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