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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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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: Why is My Dog Pooping Blood?

As dog owners, we’ve become overwhelmingly familiar with what’s considered “normal” for our dog’s poop to look like, and that usually doesn’t include anything red. So, when we see a streak of blood or jelly-like pools of it, naturally we tend to be concerned. Fear not, blood in dog stool is not always a cause for an immediate vet visit, but a call should be made. There are two different types of blood in dog stool: hematochezia and melena. Hematochezia is fresh blood, occurring in the large intestine or rectum, which is why it is a bright red color. Hematochezia can be mixed into the dog stool itself or you could see a few solo blood droplets. This bright red...

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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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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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