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.
An animal’s brain has an intricate network of connections to all parts of the body. Scientists have discovered that part of this network originates from the gut. Bacteria can send signals to the brain, which could have implications for mental health -- including aggression and depression -- and might lead to better treatments in the future.
How do researchers figure out what bacteria are in a stool sample? DNA sequencing techniques have changed drastically and some methods may be better than others. Here, learn about the different types scientists rely on for microbiome studies.
Microbiome testing is a new method by which to gain insight into your pet’s gastrointestinal health and possibly prevent or address health concerns as they emerge rather than when the illness is too far advanced. We spoke to top pet health insurance companies to see whether or not they will cover microbiome testing. Here are the results.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in older dogs. Recent studies have suggested that cancer is closely linked to the types of bacteria that make up the gut microbiome. Scientists are exploring how gut microbes are involved in your pet’s risk of developing cancer—or even how they respond to treatment.
Animal intestines are a haven for microbes—and imbalance in the types of bacteria that live there is linked to gastrointestinal disease. Evidence shows that using probiotics could help your pet keep a healthy microbiome and help their symptoms.
Imbalances in the types of microbes that live in animal guts may contribute to your pet’s reaction to dust, pollen, and food. A simple change in diet—and probiotics with beneficial bacteria—could help your pet feel better.
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.
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.
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.