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What is the gut microbiome?

The microbiome refers to the ecosystem of bacteria and other microorganisms living on or inside an animal. There can be many microbiomes in a single animal, including the gut, skin, and mouth.

The microbiome is extremely complex, and the source of both emerging and ongoing research but here are some interesting facts according to our friends at DIG Labs

- Over 70% of dogs’ immune system can be found in their digestive tract

- Puppies are born without a microbiome and inherit their biodiversity as they drink their mother’s milk

- Without the microbiome, dog’s digestive tracts would not be able to process essential vitamins and minerals

- The highest concentration of bacteria is found in the gut, specifically the intestines, where they perform important digestion tasks
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Important side note
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During COVID, as people introduced new substances into their homes, such as baker’s yeast, paint, and vitamin D3, pet poisonings notably increased. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these highly toxic household products.

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A consultation fee may apply

ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

Pet Poison Hotline: (800) 213-6680

Important side note
on pet toxicities

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  • Insecticides
  • Household plants
  • Household cleaners (including hand sanitizer)
  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
  • Fertilizers and other garden-related products
  • Automotive chemicals including antifreeze which is one of the most highly poisonous substances