We recently spent a lovely Saturday in Walnut Creek, California at a fundraiser for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the “Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Walk.” AnimalBiome contributed to the event to help build awareness for these debilitating diseases and to raise funds to help find cures. Before the walk started, several patients shared heartbreaking testimonials about their experiences with the diagnosis and treatment of their condition. The details of life with such a serious digestive condition are graphic, and we were struck by the bravery of each of them for sharing their experience. Just like people, dogs and cats can experience crippling gastrointestinal disorders.
Meet Emmy, a young pit bull mix who began her life on the street as a tiny, immunocompromised puppy with undiagnosed Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Against all odds, she survived and today is an energetic, healthy young adult. After a long, difficult struggle to determine this pup’s complex digestive issues her resourceful pet parent found health solutions with a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) along with making some important dietary changes.
Dog owners are passionate about keeping their fur babies happy and healthy at all times. Between veterinary care, gourmet pet food and treats, dog walking services, engaging new toys and the latest pet technology, there are endless ways to care for your pup.
One commonly overlooked aspect regarding your pup’s health is their gut bacteria. Just like in humans, gut health is critical for the overall health of your puppy. From digestion to the immune system to the risk for various diseases, having a properly balanced gut microbiome can benefit your dog’s health in every way.
Many dogs suffer from uncomfortable skin disorders like atopic dermatitis -- in fact, it is the most common reason dogs visit their veterinarian. The skin is a great indicator of what’s going on inside your pup’s body - especially their gut health. Skin conditions may be indicative of poor gut health and function. This seems to have been the case for poor Zuki, a sweet 6-year-old Shiba Inu pup who suffered from a severe case of atopic dermatitis and was transformed through dietary changes and balancing her gut microbial community.