Gut health is a crucial component of a pet's long and happy life. Nom Nom encourages you to learn about your pet's microbiome.
We share a significant portion of our lives with pets: sloppy kisses, food scraps, exercise, and sleeping space. Humans and pets have a closer relationship than we initially thought, especially when it comes to the bacteria that live in their gut.
All animals, including humans, pets, domesticates (cows, sheep, etc.), and wild animals support an incredible number of microbes in their guts. Without these microbes, animals would be unable to digest food or develop a fully functional immune system.
Bacteria are everywhere—including on you and your pet. Scientists have learned that these bacteria have a profound effect on overall health, and exchanging microbes with dogs early in life could help.
Gastrointestinal tracts of pets, which are composed of all parts involved in the consumption of food including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and intestines, are also havens for trillions of bacteria. These bacteria are part of the gut microbiome and can have a profound impact on their health.
Trillions of microbes (including viruses and fungi) inhabit mammalian intestinal tracts, creating a complex community that helps us digest food and stay healthy. The diversity of our gut microbiome can indicate how well the system functions and may contribute to different medical conditions.
Bacteria are everywhere—even your pet’s mouth. But most of the species that live there aren’t going to make your pet sick. They play an important role in keeping your pet healthy. And scientists are constantly learning more about the links between the oral microbiome and health.
People’s waistlines are expanding around the world—and so are those of their pets. Eating habits are partially to blame, but could gut microbes play a part as well? Researchers are exploring how the bacteria living in your pet’s gut are linked to obesity in order to find ways to combat weight gain.
As your pet ages, it may be harder for them to move around. Scientists have found links between the microbiome and joint pain—whether from age-related arthritis or inflammatory arthritis caused by a malfunctioning immune system. Future research could help researchers develop new treatments to protect our pets’ joints.
When your pet gets sick, they have an array of defenses on their side to fight off disease-causing bugs. But their immune systems may also rely on a different set of bugs -- the ones in their microbiome. As researchers probe the relationship between microbes and immunity, they can develop new medical treatments for a variety of illnesses that plague pets.
Every time your dog rolls around in the grass or your cat rubs up against your leg, their skin picks up bacteria from the environment. But their skin is also home to an array of bacteria that keep them healthy -- called the skin microbiome.
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