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What makes a good pet probiotic?

Posted by Alex Martin on

What makes a good pet probiotic?
With so many probiotics on the market, it can be exceedingly difficult to choose which one to give to your pet. Here are some tips to make that decision a bit easier.

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Beetl lawn robot automatically picks up dog poop, and wants to analyze it too

Posted by Kayla Liederbach on

Beetl lawn robot automatically picks up dog poop, and wants to analyze it too
What if you never had to worry about stepping in another pile of dog poop on your property? What if a robot could pick up everything for you? That’s what Beetl is working to do with their lawn robot, and more.

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Pet probiotics and poobiotics

Posted by Alex Martin on

Pet probiotics and poobiotics

Prior to the 1980’s most people would have balked at the idea of putting “bugs” into our bodies on purpose. Indeed, the realization that some microorganisms are beneficial, even imperative, to our gut health is fairly recent. We have much to learn about which are the most helpful, though preliminary evidence points to the efficacy of several particularly friendly groups, including Lactobacilli, Enterococci, Bifidobacteria, and the yeast, Saccharomyces bouldardii. Probiotics are generally very safe and well-tolerated by both cats and dogs, though one should take extra care before administering them to an immunocompromised animal. Regardless of the health of your pet,...

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My cat was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Posted by Alex Martin 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 you, your veterinarian, and of course 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...

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Healing Your Pet with a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

Healing Your Pet with a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

In order to treat digestive disorders in dogs and improve dog health, we provide a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in the form of a convenient oral capsule instead of the traditional route, via enema. 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...

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