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Protecting Your Pup from Parvo & the Potential for Fecal Transplants to Aid in Recovery

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Protecting Your Pup from Parvo & the Potential for Fecal Transplants to Aid in Recovery

What is canine parvovirus (AKA parvo)?

Parvo in dogs is a common, highly contagious disease that’s one of the most severe infections a young puppy can get. Fortunately there is an effective vaccine, but some puppies need to have several boosters of the vaccine before they are fully protected.  For the vaccine to be most effective, puppies need to have it at certain ages, or else maternal antibodies may interfere (a form of passive immunity from the mother that can stop the puppy’s own immune system from reacting appropriately to the vaccine).

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My cat was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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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. Below we’ll cover what a diagnosis of IBD in your cat means, possible causes, other diseases that might need to be ruled out, and possible treatments or therapies to ask your veterinarian about.

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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)

A fecal microbiota transplant involves the transfer of fecal material (including beneficial bacteria and fungi) 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 The principle behind FMTs arises from relatively recent discoveries that the health of an individual can be closely...

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Gut Bacteria: The Secret to Your Dog’s Health

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Gut Bacteria: The Secret to Your Dog’s Health

Although unseen, gut bacteria may greatly affect your dog’s health from supporting digestion to shaping their immune system to affecting your pup’s risk for diseases. You can’t see them, but 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 are either harmless or helpful for humans and their pets. In fact, scientists are just beginning to discover that bacteria actually play vital roles in shaping many aspects of health. Read on to learn more about the role of bacteria in your dog’s health.

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