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.
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.
Bacteria aren’t the only thing living in and on your pet. Viruses, fungi, and archaea are also an important part of their microbiome. Scientists are working to understand how these microbes keep their host healthy and whether they are linked to disease.
Dive in to the world of probiotics, and learn what they are and how they can influence our health and the health of our pets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.