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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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Computer Vision and Dog Poop

How to get a glimpse into your dog’s health in 10 seconds In our last computer vision article, we chatted about the areas where computer vision has made our lives easier or healthier with handy tools. At DIG Labs, we are excited to add another area where computer vision can help – managing our dogs’ health. Below are several ways we’ve analyzed thousands of💩 images so far to create useful tools for pet parents and their veterinarians, as well as what’s up next! Dog Poop Photos: The Basics To start, our first goal was to train computers to classify visual information gleaned from stool images, into existing medical or technical standards. Speaking of standards, an approachable way of characterizing stool is...

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What Are the Different Types of Stool Tests for Dogs?

The dog stool sample-perhaps the most dreaded veterinary request of dog parents everywhere. What most people view as a vet’s sick way of torturing them is actually a very useful diagnostic tool for all things digestive as well as the overall health of your dog. A dog fecal sample is not something to be feared, but rather it should be viewed as the window to your dog’s gut health. Why Does My Vet Want A Dog Stool Sample? A stool, or fecal, sample is pretty straight forward. It’s a sample of your dog’s poop. They are also an important indicator of your dog’s health. Stool samples are mainly used to check your pup for parasites. They can also be looked...

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Types of Dog Parasites: Worms in Dogs 101

The word parasite can be scary, especially when put into context of infecting your beloved pup. As a follow up to our brief overview on types of dog parasites, we are now going deep into the world of worms in dogs. There is a reason that your new puppy will go through multiple rounds of deworming upon birth, parasitic intestinal worms in dogs are that common. Hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm, and whipworm infections can be as prevalent as 3.24%, 1.95%, up to 60%, and 0.57%, respectively, in dogs. It’s important to note that a lot of these canine intestinal parasites are zoonotic, meaning that they can also affect humans, though following proper hygiene greatly reduces this risk. FUN FACT: Ringworm is...

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4 Ways Computer Vision Improves Our Lives

And how we’re working on a 5th: Pet Tech for Dog Health! One of the biggest sources of pet tech inspiration at DIG labs is the power of the camera – specifically, the cameras we are all carrying around in our pockets on our smartphone. In fact, the latest smartphone cameras have become so advanced that entire shows, movies, and shorts have been filmed using camera phones alone – even digital cameras that are approaching $5,000 do not compare to the latest smartphone technology. That’s why we are so excited to find ways to use camera technology to help us better understand our pets. Taking camera technology one step further, computer vision involves taking humans out of the equation completely,...

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