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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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Types of Dog Parasites: Giardia and Coccidia in Dogs 101

While worms in dogs are the largest group of potential intestinal parasites, there are other types of intestinal parasites, like giardia and coccidia, that may also wreak havoc on them. Giardia and coccidia are different than the previously discussed parasites because they are not worms, they're protozoans. Simply put, protozoans are single-cell organisms, like bacteria, but are larger and contain more cell structures; this makes them more related to plants and animals. Giardia in Dogs You may have heard the name before, but what is giardia? Giardia is the #1 most common intestinal parasite that can affect your dog and is even more prevalent in puppies. In fact, between 0.44% and 39% of shelter dogs have positive giardia test results.1...

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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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What are Types of Dog Parasites?

Our furry friends like to go everywhere with us, especially outside. But what dangers lie (or crawl!), outside? Canine Parasites. Creepy little creatures that can cause so much damage to our beloved pets. Whether the effect is immediate or delayed, they certainly will adversely affect your pet’s health or comfort levels. There are three general types of dog parasites: internal, external, and intestinal. While each type of dog parasite could be a post of its own, we’ll briefly introduce each today. Internal Dog Parasite Archenemy: Heartworm The most common internal parasite is heartworm in dogs, which can potentially be fatal if left unchecked. Heartworms are transmitted to dogs via the bite of an infected mosquito, where the heartworm then travels...

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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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