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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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What Stool Color Means: From Yellow Dog Poop to Black Dog Poop

While at times it may feel like “50 shades of brown”, dog poop color can be extremely insightful and a window into dietary or other nutritional factors, including protein types, fresh produce, and even speed of digestion! Most changes in dog poop color are not immediate cause for concern - what is ‘normal’ varies by dog and even by day. By having a baseline of what ‘normal’ looks like for your dog, we can identify when close monitoring is a practical path forward or when a trip to the emergency vet is most prudent. Through our research at DIG Labs, we’re learning more and more how dog stool offers a window into dog health. The most common colors and frequent...

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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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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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