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The DIG Labs Dish — Microbiome 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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Probiotics vs. Prebiotics for Dogs

Your dog’s digestive tract is a mini-world full of biodiversity, with good bugs and not-so-good bugs constantly in a battle for balance. From puppyhood to the golden years, your dog’s gut microbiome has been uniquely influenced by the world around it – diet, environment, and experiences - and plays a huge role in their overall health.1 Approximately 70% of your dog’s immune system lives in their gut, which is one of the main reasons why it’s important for your dog’s microbiome to be balanced. When the microbiome is off balance, our dogs are more susceptible for immune dysfunction like diarrhea, allergies, and obesity.1,2 The immune system is impacted by the relationship between the intestinal microbiota and the dog’s mucosa (GI...

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The Effects of Metronidazole on Dogs’ Gut

  Raise your hand if your dog has ever been on metronidazole, otherwise known as Flagyl™, to treat diarrhea 🙋🏽‍♀️. Chances are there are several hands raised as metronidazole is commonly prescribed for sudden diarrhea in dogs. If you’re thinking, so what? You may be surprised to know what antimicrobials like metronidazole can do to your dog’s digestive system. What is Metronidazole Used For in Dogs? Metronidazole isn’t a drug that is just randomly picked off of the shelf by your veterinarian. It is used in the treatment of diarrhea. While it won’t benefit all types of diarrhea, it may have some benefit in cases caused by protozoa, like Giardia and Trichomonas, and certain bacterial infections, such as C. perfringens....

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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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