Anxiety and stress in dogs typically manifests first as changes in behaviour, however chronic anxiety (stress) can also lead to health problems later on. It can also lead to aggressive behaviour. Here, we’ll look at some causes of anxiety in dogs, how to spot anxiety-associated signs and share common remedies.
Anxiety is a common concern among dogs and along with chronic stress, is associated with inflammation and gastrointestinal dysfunction. A healthy gut microbiome stimulates the production of bioactive metabolites, neurotransmitters, and gut hormones that communicate with the cognitive centres of the brain. Research shows some specific probiotics also help reduce anxiety.
Atopic dermatitis is a major inflammatory skin condition that makes up 50% of all skin allergy diagnoses in dogs. The gut microbiome is made of a core microbial population that maintains intestinal function and communication between the gut-skin axis, keeping your dog's skin healthy. In this article, we look at the research in this area, and how pet parents can now improve the health of their dog’s skin with targeted probiotics. Using nutrition to address problematic skin, your dog’s itchy skin can be significantly improved, and in some cases, even prevented.
A healthy gut microbiome can reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, improve digestion, and even prevent anxiety and mood disorders. Probiotics can help prevent dysbiosis and restore balance within the gut microbiome. We explain how.
As dogs age they often start to become less physically active. This doesn’t necessarily mean they should also become less mentally active too! In this article we will talk about the various ways pet parents can provide enrichment for their senior dogs.
As dogs age, their brains age too, and this can affect learning and memory function. While we may be able to go to dance classes, learn a language, or do puzzles, to keep our brains healthy (Sudoku anyone?), our dogs don’t quite have the same options…Here we explain the terms, causes and signs and suggests ways to delay the onset.
‘Can dogs eat bones?’ is a question that’s commonly asked. The short answer would be yes, dogs can eat some (but not all!) types of bones. However, it’s important for pet parents to understand the risks of feeding their dogs bones and how to minimise them.
It’s part of our daily routine to clean our teeth each morning and evening. But, not all pet parents know that it should be part of a doggy dental care routine too. So how do you keep dogs' teeth clean? We run through the options, from brushing with a DIY paste option you'll have in the pantry to a simple addition to the diet.
Dental disease and oral health problems are common in dogs. By just two years of age, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease (gum disease), with small and toy breed dogs, who are increasing in popularity, being particularly susceptible.
In this article, we will cover:
The importance of good oral health in dogs
How to estimate the condition of your dog’s mouth and teeth
Signs that your dog may need a vet to treat their teeth or gums and what this can involve
Factors that affect the condition of a dog's teeth and the progression of dental disease
Information about how to keep your dog's mouth in good condition