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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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Does Your Dog’s Food Contain Probiotics, Even If It Claims To?

Your kibble might be lying to you.Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number of choices there are in the pet food aisle at the supermarket? With different brands claiming that their food helps “promote alertness and mental sharpness” or that it’s been “clinically proven to maintain digestive health,” it can be difficult to know which one is the best for your pup’s specific needs.We’ve always wondered here at DIG Labs just how accurate these claims are. We want the absolute best for our dogs and decided to look into some of these assertions, specifically surrounding the addition of probiotics in different types of kibble. Our own pups were struggling with digestive issues even though their kibble claimed to contain probiotics! We...

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Choosing the Best Probiotic for Your Dog

With many probiotics available, how do you pick the best probiotic for your dog? Here are the three main elements we recommend researching when picking a probiotic for your pup: 1. Colony Forming Units (CFU) — In order for a meaningful amount of probiotics to successfully pass through the harsh digestive tract of dogs (which can reach a pH of 1 - the acidity of battery acid!), it is important to begin with a high CFU count since not all the bacteria will survive the trip. Begin by looking at the ratio of probiotics per serving on the back label. Some dog foods or probiotic supplements may only have a few million CFU per serving, which may not be sufficient for rebalancing...

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