Probiotics: The Scoop on Happy Dogs Poop

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Happy dogs make happy poop What's happy poop look like Well, think of the last time you had to clean up after your dog's diarrhea (I know, that's not a happy memory of a happy sight) Now think of the opposite Happy poops are firm (not gooey, not rock hard), medium brown, and relatively inoffensive in their smell They're easy to pick up, and you don't turn your head and gag when you close up the poop bag Healthy poops like these are a sign of intestinal health It turns out the intestines are a very busy place in your dog This exceptionally long tube that stretches from your dog's stomach to his, er, bum, is filled with activity All sorts of wonderful things are absorbed by the intestines so that they can help your dog's body Not least, water is absorbed here, as well as nutrients, fuel, and vitamins from your dog's mealsĀ  Protein that was digested in the stomach, as well as

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Why Should I use a Supplement if I am Already Feeding a Good Diet?

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Do dogs need supplements if they're getting a good diet Long ago, the answer may have been no But in modern times, dogs definitely do need supplements to stay healthy With over 1,305 "National Priority Sites" -- sites classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as toxic dumps that need to be cleaned up ASAP -- as well as chemicals from factories, cars, household cleansers, bug and weed sprays the list of possibly toxic and definitely toxic materials our dogs are exposed to these days is long and, frankly, depressing These toxic materials include carcinogens, and carcinogens are harmful substances that can wreak havoc on healthy Unfortunately, these "invisible enemies," as I call them, can float in the air, seep into groundwater, and show up in soil tests Our dogs, who love to put their nose to the ground, might be contacting even more of these invisible enemies than

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Invisible Enemies Your Dog May Face

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"Invisible enemies" is the term I use to describe the unseen chemicals, pollutants, and toxins that surround us in our modern life It sounds a little dramatic to some, I know But when I read the research on what things like second-hand smoke, lawn chemicals, and other pollutants can do to the body, I mean exactly what I say These things are enemies, and we need to take steps to protect our dogs from them Because dogs and other household pets are often used in human research, and their health patterns are considered "sentinels" for what's happening to humans, there are a lot of studies that show directly just how vulnerable dogs are Take cigarette smoke, for example Most of us have fully accepted that secondhand smoke is no good for us, and the same is true for our four-legged family members The truth is that cigarette smoke can cause cancer in dogs, especially if they have long

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