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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.