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Bernie’s Gut Health Blog

Bernie’s Gut Health Blog focuses on pet digestion, nutrition, food and general health. Bernie also adds some tidbits of his own dog wisdom.

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Easy Ways to Help Keep the Weight Off Your Dog

Easy Ways to Help Keep the Weight Off Your Dog

It’s a fact: nearly 60% of dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese, and that is a huge problem. Obesity is one of the largest risk factors for diabetes that dogs can have, and it can make a difference in their joint conditions and life spans. Here are some easy ways to help your dog lose weight and be their healthiest.
The truth of the matter is that nearly 60% of dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese, and that is a huge problem. Obesity is one of the largest risk factors for diabetes that dogs can have, and it can make a difference in their joint conditions and life spans.

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Why is My Dog a Picky Eater and How Can I Help?

Why is My Dog a Picky Eater and How Can I Help?

When your dog is a picky eater, it can be frustrating because he can’t tell you why he’s not eating. Maybe he doesn’t like what’s on the menu or maybe he has something going on inside his body and lack of appetite is the only sign. Either way, we want the best for our dogs, and we know that means proper nutrition. If your dog is a picky eater, you’ll definitely want to help!

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How to Make Sure Your Dog’s Skin & Coat are Winter Ready

How to Make Sure Your Dog’s Skin & Coat are Winter Ready

The cooler temps are fast upon us, and just like in humans, winter weather can take its toll on our dog’s skin. While many of our four-legged friends love playing in the brisk air, that same air can leave your dog feeling chilled to the bone, dry, itchy and sore. More, if your dog’s skin and coat are not healthy, it’s a good sign that they may need some help in the nutrition department too, and you’ll want to be sure you address that so they stay comfy cozy through the next several months.

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Mental Health in Dogs and How it Affects Digestion

Mental Health in Dogs and How it Affects Digestion

Have you ever seen your dog look sad? Chances are their big beautiful eyes looked depressed. Dogs show their emotions with their facial expressions, body language, and behavior. Research has revealed that 70% of canine behavioral problems are attributed to a form of anxiety.
On an unusual note, the bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract affects their behavior and mood because the gut influences the brain. Ongoing research suggests behavioral problems in dogs can originate from imbalances in the gut microbiome.

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Why is My Dog Not Absorbing Nutrients?

Why is My Dog Not Absorbing Nutrients?

It’s surprising to most pet parents when they are told their dog isn’t absorbing nutrients from the food they eat. Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine is usually the culprit. The following information will help you learn more about the issue and let you know what you can do to help your dog today!

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How to Treat Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

How to Treat Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

Dogs sometimes experience upset stomachs without their owners realizing there is a problem. Symptoms and signs often go overlooked until they become severe such as vomiting or diarrhea. As a pet parent, you need to observe your dog and become familiar with their normal behavior so you can quickly notice when subtle signs arise. The following information will help you understand the symptoms of an upset stomach and help you treat and prevent future digestive issues.

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Does the Sound of Your Dog Constantly Licking Their Paws or Body Drive You Crazy?

Does the Sound of Your Dog Constantly Licking Their Paws or Body Drive You Crazy?

Stop the madness! Does the sound of your dog constantly licking their paws and other areas of their body drive you crazy? If so, you are not alone! Excessive licking and itching is a sign of food allergies. This means something in your dog’s kibble is causing their skin to become irritated and most likely their digestive system is negatively affected as well.

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Is My Dog Allergic to Food?

Is My Dog Allergic to Food?

Did you know dogs can have allergic reactions to their food? Pet parents are often caught off guard when they realize the chronic symptoms their dog is experiencing are due to the food they eat every day.

If you are one of these dog owners, don’t feel bad because you aren’t alone. Of course, all dog owners want to care for their furry family members to the highest degree, but not being able to pinpoint symptoms and link them to food is easy to do, so don’t beat yourself up about it. The good news is there’s something you can do about it! Continue reading to learn more about food allergies in dogs and how you can help your pup.

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