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In Search of Beagles!


Beagles have made quite the name for themselves in the scientific community as one of the most heavily utilized dogs in research studies. In recent years, microbiome research has gained a lot of attention, and when it comes to canine microbiome studies, dogs like Beagles are still the showstoppers.

Here’s the thing

We know that the microbiome composition is altered and shaped by a variety of factors including (but not limited to) health status, nutrition, living environments, medications and antibiotics. We’ve demonstrated ourselves in a previous research study that a diet change from kibble to Nom Nom significantly altered several gut microbiota populations in household dogs.

While we still have a lot to learn about the microbiome, we're certain that microbiota composition plays a critical role in pet health, notably impacting the immune system and response. 

Back to Beagles

Research Beagles have taught the scientific community a lot about the canine microbiome and its influence on health, disease and more. 

Oftentimes, we broadly apply the results of these trials across the dog population, including household dogs. However, knowing the complexity and sensitivity of these gut microbial communities, and the role of external factors in shaping them, we're wondering if this is a valid application.

Our question

How does the gut microbiome of pet Beagles differ from that of research Beagles consuming the same diet? We partner with research facilities that take care in making sure that these beagles get ample play time and exercise. They are constantly socialized with other dogs, and also receive regular and special care to ensure they are in their healthiest state.

Why is this important? 

If we can demonstrate that the microbiome of Beagles is inherently different under research vs. home conditions, this would highlight the importance of specifically researching household dog populations, like we do here at Nom Nom.  

Proud Beagle pet parent? 

We’re looking to collect microbiome samples from healthy Beagle dogs — email us today at  with the subject line “Free Kit for Beagle” and follow the instructions below to redeem yours.

  • Include your name, phone number, and address in your email (for shipping purposes). Cute Beagle pictures also welcomed!

  • Complete (or refresh) your dog’s Health Assessment Surveys following this link. After creating (or logging into) your pet’s profile click ‘Update Insights’ and make sure all five sets of surveys are complete.
That’s it, after we receive your email and confirm you’ve completed the insights health assessments we’ll send you your free kit. But hurry — this offer is only valid while supplies last. (Apologies to our Beagles abroad, for now we’re only collecting samples here in the States).