Gut health is a crucial component of a pet's long and happy life. NomNomNow 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.
Our colonized microorganisms are collectively referred to as the “microbiota.” While scientists have known for decades that we are host to millions of bacteria, research investigating the role of the microbiome has only recently become a focal point.
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.
Diet has an enormous impact on microbiome composition in the gut, since changes in the types of food we consume may lead to shifts in the types of bacteria that are predominantly present. The microbiome also has a considerable influence on our ability to break down and absorb nutrients.
Fiber is a component of food that most animals cannot digest, but their gut bacteria can. It is linked to numerous health benefits but it also plays an important role in keeping the microbiome happy and healthy.
In an effort to advance pet health and nutrition, NomNomNow has brought on board its very own "Poop Czar", Dr. Ryan Honaker. Ryan is working on analyzing the microbiomes of dogs and cats through DNA sequencing techniques. As Ryan grows his research, NomNomNow will utilize learnings to optimize diet and processes, thereby, further enhancing the lives of our pets.
A collection of definitions for common microbiome terms and other relevant phrases.
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 can protect animals from infection by many different pathogens. The microbiome acts as a protective barrier, outcompeting potential invaders for nutrients. When pathogens such as Giardia bypass this protection, your pet may experience shifts in their microbiome.