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Improve Dog's Gut Health: A Simple Guide | Pupford

September 30th, 2023

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Let’s talk about poop... and your dog's gut health.

No, seriously.

All dogs do it, and paying more attention to it might be more useful than you realize (Yes, we have a point, getting to it!).

Poop = digestion and digestion = an important indicator of our dog's gut health.

Today we’re going to talk a little bit more about this so you can really understand what goes on in your dog’s digestive tract -- and how to help it function at its best.

Speaking of dog poop: PSA - don’t be those dog parents. While your dog’s doing his business is totally natural, it doesn’t mean it should be a part of other people’s lives. Pick up your dog’s poop and dispose of it in either a provided bin or a proper garbage can.

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Back on track to today’s topic.

Let’s get started by diving a little deeper into what actually goes on inside your dog’s gut.

Related Reading: Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

For improved gut health, check out a supplement like Super Pup and Gut Health + Immunity for Puppies. These supplements work to improve your dog's overall health, for a happier and healthier pup.


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To understand how to best keep your dog healthy, a basic understanding of the microbiome is so important.

For this purpose, we’re going to give a high-level overview, but if you want a full and in-depth explanation of your dog’s microbiome, check out this research-backed article!

And for an in-depth interview with a microbiome expert, check out this episode!

When we refer to the microbiome, we’re talking about the environment of your dog’s digestive tract that’s made up of bacteria, archaea, viruses, and eukaryotic organisms. All of these organisms work together in a symbiotic relationship, meaning they all work to benefit themselves and their host (AKA your dog).

Your dog’s microbiome is mainly responsible for controlling digestion, inflammatory responses, and the immune system -- so it’s pretty important!

Related Reading: Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?


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Since the gut interacts with so many different parts of the body, it can be considered the “key to health” for your dog. So many health issues from joint inflammation to depressed mood can be linked back to the gut -- sounds crazy, right?

But if you really think about it, it makes perfect sense. The gut microbiome contributes to metabolism, protects against pathogens, aids the immune system... and really aids in all physiologic functions of the body.

A healthy microbiome is symbiotic and works on keeping a balance within the body. For example, it simultaneously works as an anti-inflammatory while also making sure the body is prepared with an inflammatory response in case of infection.

That’s why other areas of your puppy’s body like joints, brain, mood, etc. are all impacted by whether or not the gut microbiome is in balance.

For improved gut health, check out a supplement like Super Pup and Gut Health + Immunity for Puppies. These supplements work to improve your dog's overall health, for a happier and healthier pup.


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So all of this information is well and good, but how do you tell if your dog’s gut is balanced?

While we wish we had a more glamorous answer, a big part of it really does come down to learning about your puppy’s bowel movements, gas patterns, and all that good stuff.

If you notice that your dog has more gas than normal, goes to the bathroom more or less frequently than usual, or burps with bad breath, it may be a sign of digestive distress.

You’ll also want to pay attention to energy levels, signs of pain, and overall mood.

If any of these things seem to differ from normal and you can’t pinpoint any diet changes, bring your dog to visit the vet to see what’s causing their gut issues.

Related Reading: 7 Dog Poop Meanings + Types of Dog Poop Guide


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So whether your dog’s digestion has been a little off lately, or you’re ensuring that all body systems are working their best, there are a handful of ways you can improve your dog’s gut health and digestion.

Here are 5 ways to improve your dog's gut health & digestive system:

  1. Inspect their poop
  2. Include fiber in their diet
  3. Make transitions slowly over time
  4. Add digestive enzymes and probiotics
  5. Listen to experts

Let's look at each one below. 👇


You’re likely picking up their poop anyway (or do we need to have the poop bag talk again?), so you’re probably familiar with their baseline whether you realize it or not. You’ll want to look for changes in color, texture, and size, and to correlate them back to changes in diet or habit.

For improved gut health, check out a supplement like Super Pup and Gut  Health + Immunity for Puppies. These supplements work to improve your dog's overall health, for a happier and healthier pup.


Fiber is an important nutrient for keeping digestion in check. Dogs can get the fiber they need from vegetables, sweet potatoes, and certain whole grains. Just be mindful of portions, as too much fiber isn’t good for digestion either.


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New supplements, foods, and treats, should be introduced slowly and phased in. Microflora and mucins that line the gut change when new things are introduced, and changing too quickly can disrupt the gut. Even if the change is good, disrupting too quickly isn’t a good thing, so gradual transitions are best.


Supplements containing key probiotics and digestive enzymes can do wonders for balancing the gut and improving digestion. We’ve recently introduced the Super Pup supplement, which (among other things) has science-backed ingredients selected for optimal gut health. It was formulated by Dr. Greg Sunvold, Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences.

Which brings us to our last tip…


The internet is full of a ton of information about gut health, but unfortunately, not all of it is reliable. Make sure you get your information from a veterinarian or a trustworthy source of peer-reviewed data.

To get you started on your research, we sat down with Dr. Greg Sunvold, Ph.D. to talk about all things doggy gut health.

You can listen to or read the interview here!

Dr. Greg Sunvold also helped us create a course in Pupford Academy ALL about the microbiome. Learn about probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics, the effect that fiber plays on your dog, and how to choose microbiome-friendly foods and supplements for your dog or puppy. Learn more here.


To recap, our dog's gut health can be a huge indicator of their overall health. Be sure to keep an eye out for major changes in your dog's poops and gas, as it might tip you off to gut health problems.

We hope this helped you learn a little more about the role your dog’s gut and digestive system play in their overall health and ways to keep them happy and healthy!

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If you're looking to significantly improve your dog's gut health, be sure to check out Super Pup! Shop here. And check out Gut Health + Immunity Supplement for Puppies. Shop here.

For improved gut health, check out a supplement like Super Pup and Gut Health + Immunity for Puppies. These supplements work to improve your dog's overall health, for a happier and healthier pup.


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