Canine Fecal Microbiome

The Canine Fecal Microbiome

The debate over whether commercial processed dog food versus raw or home-prepared dog food is better for a companion dog sparks heated, passionate discussions. Kibble-based diets typically have more grains or substitutes for grains such as potatoes or peas, whereas home-prepared or raw diets generally are more meat based. Up until recently, most evidence has…

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Studies Show Pets Protect Children from Allergy and Obesity

Studies Show Pets Protect Children from Illnesses

“Having pets growing up makes you less allergic or nonallergic to them.” That phrase was once considered an old wives’ tale. Nowadays, researchers are proving it to be true. The devil is in the details such as when you have pets growing up, how many pets, and what type of pet you have. Even though…

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The Interaction between the Gut and the Immune System

  For centuries, humans have known about the delicate interaction between food consumed and the bodily reactions of the immune system. Dating back to antiquity, Hippocrates documented reactions after food intake similar to a food allergy or sensitivity. Another example is the vitamin C deficiency known as scurvy, which has been recognized since the late 15th century. It…

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