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Anxious or aggressive dogs may be affected by their gut bacteria.

Anxious or aggressive dogs may be affected by their gut bacteria.

Anxious or aggressive dogs may be affected by their gut bacteria.

Most people are aware that there’s a link between their brains and their digestive system. When we feel nervous, we say that we have “butterflies in our stomach” to describe the sensation. Before stressful events, people may need to visit the bathroom more often. And on certain occasions, we are aware that our moods can be affected by what we eat, whether it’s when we eat too much and feel grumpy with overfullness, or when we have not eaten enough and we feel “hangry”. And sometimes we also feel a mood change after eating an excess of a particular foodstuff.

Recent research is showing that dogs are no different to us in this regard. Dog moods – and the resulting behaviour – can have a direct link to the type, quantity and frequency of food being eaten.


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