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My cat was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Posted by Aubrey Tauer, DVM on

My cat was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

A diagnosis of a disorder like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in your cat can be challenging to deal with for cat owners, veterinarians, and your feline companion. Inflammatory bowel disease is a common disease veterinarians see in practice, and below we’ll cover what a diagnosis of IBD in your cat means, possible causes, other diseases your veterinarian should rule out and possible treatments or therapies to ask your veterinarian about.   What is IBD? Inflammatory bowel disease is a group of inflammatory disorders of the mucosal cells of the gastrointestinal tract. We don’t know the exact number of cats that...

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Healing Your Dog with a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

Healing Your Dog with a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

In order to treat digestive disorders in dogs and improve dog health we provide convenient oral capsules instead of the traditional fecal microbiota transplant (FMT). FMTs transplant gut bacteria found in fecal material from a healthy donor to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of a recipient. While this sounds gross to many of us, for a growing subset of people (and their pets), it also represents a lifesaving treatment. FMTs are far more effective than existing probiotics in restoring the community of bacteria in the GI tract (Chaitman et al. 2016), which is one reason for their widespread use. About fecal transplants...

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Gut Bacteria: The Secret to Your Dog’s Health

Posted by Adrien Burch on

Gut Bacteria: The Secret to Your Dog’s Health

You can’t see them, but you know they’re there. Bacteria are all around and within your dog’s body (and yours as well). Don't panic! The vast majority of bacteria on earth are either harmless or helpful for humans and their companions. In fact, scientists are just beginning to discover that bacteria actually play vital roles in shaping many aspects of health. Read on to learn about the role of these bacteria in your dog’s health. What is the microbiome? All animals on earth have unique collections of microbes (bacteria, fungi, viruses and other tiny things) in their digestive tracts, collectively termed...

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How your cat’s diet could lead to chronic inflammation (and steps you can take to prevent it)

Posted by Adrien Burch on

How your cat’s diet could lead to chronic inflammation (and steps you can take to prevent it)

Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease are soon to follow. This is true for humans across the world and it also applies to our companion animals. Below we discuss the links between food, inflammation and your cat’s health to help your search for the best diet to feed your cat. What is inflammation and when is it bad? Inflammation is a natural process used by your cat’s immune system to combat irritants and foreign organisms like bacteria and viruses. When an invasion is detected, the body’s white blood cells release chemicals that...

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10 Ways to Shape Your Dog’s Gut Health & Digestion

Posted by Adrien Burch on

10 Ways to Shape Your Dog’s Gut Health & Digestion

Your dog has a unique collection of hundreds of different types of single-celled microorganisms (bacteria and other microbes) in its digestive tract, referred to as the gut microbiome. Gut bacteria are crucial for digestion and obtaining nutrients from the food your dog eats. From weight to mental health, the microbiome affects almost every aspect of your dog’s health and happiness. When gut bacteria are out of balance, inflammatory disorders such as irritable bowel disease (IBD) can result. Modern society is seeing a rise in microbiome-associated disorders in our dogs and ourselves. It’s more important now than ever to take care...

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