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The DIG Labs Dish — Nutrition 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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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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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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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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The Power of Dog Supplements

Did you know that approximately only 10-30% of dog owners provide their dogs with nutritional supplements? You might be thinking that sounds rather low, and so why are they under-utilized? Well, you’ll probably see on your pup’s food package some details about ‘extra added ingredients’, or claims like ‘boosts joint health’ and ‘promotes a healthy digestion’. As a result, it’s easy to think that your dog’s food contains everything they could possibly need, maybe even more, and so there’s no need for supplements. But in this article, we will find out how feeding a supplement product is even more beneficial than food with cooked-in supplements, and how supplements might boost your dog’s health.   Dog supplements are an easy addition to your pup’s diet to help make sure he receives wonderful, health-boosting nutrients. Let’s look at...

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