Areas of research

The effects of probiotics in the prevention and in the improvement of the following conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) conditions
  • Behavior
  • Weight loss

Microbiome differences:

  • In aging
  • Between large and small dogs
  • Between breeds
  • By geographic location
  • Associations with various disease states

Obesity - Identification of risk factors and understanding of how being overweight changes critical health parameters, as well as how weight loss might reverse these detrimental changes.

The impact of diet type and nutrient profile on overall wellness and on the microbiome.

How you can help

Profile your pet's microbiome

Our microbiome testing service, Insights, provides a snapshot of your pet's gut microbiome using state of the art DNA shotgun sequencing techniques. The more data we gather, the more we can figure out what it means. You do not need to be enrolled in a study to test your pet's microbiome.

Fill it out

The health assessments in your pet's portal not only gives us useful information on how food influences health and disease but also will allow us in the future to better tailor our nutritional recommendations and find qualified pets for enrollment in our studies. The benefits to you also include personalized information and recommendations based on your responses. You do not need to be enrolled in a study or purchase a microbiome kit to complete a health assessment.

Enroll in one of our studies

We need pets for a number of clinical studies. Here's what we have going, ask your pet if they want to help for the good of science.

Studies currently enrolling
  1. We are actively investigating the roles of our fresh food in health maintenance and disease prevention for your dogs and cats.
  2. Roles of diet and microbiome in the prevention of dilated cardiomyopathy in Golden Retrievers. See if your Golden pups are eligible to participate here.
  3. Roles of microbiome in the development and prevention of food allergy symptoms. Fill out the form to find out if you dogs are eligible to participate here. It takes only about 2 minutes.
Studies under development
  1. Probiotics and their effects on obesity, allergies, and chronic GI issues
  2. Obesity: improving understanding in the role played by the microbiome
  3. Breed specific diseases
Enrolled studies undergoing analysis
  1. Probiotic Efficacy Study: effects of varying probiotic formulations and doses on the gut microbiome of dogs
  2. Effect of dog size on the gut microbiome
  3. Characterize the gut microbiome of healthy dogs and cats

Why you should enroll

Free microbiome testing kits.

Free microbiome and personalized health assessment-based reports.

Help us advance the science of pet health. Benefits from participating depend on different studies.

Interested in participating in a study?

Email us at [email protected] and we'll let you know about enrollment opportunites.

NomNomNow's R&D team is constantly at work discovering both scientific facts and interesting insights about our furry friends. Check out our blog to see what we're up to.

Contact us

Science team

Dr. Justin Shmalberg

Dr. Shmalberg is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida, Medical Director at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital, and NomNomNow’s Chief Nutrition Officer. He guides NomNomNow in all recipe formulation and advises on pet nutrition.

Dr. Ryan Honaker

Dr. Ryan Honaker is the Director of Microbiology at NomNomNow. He is an expert in microbiome manipulation, infection therapeutics, and microbial community profiling, with a Ph.D from the University of Colorado, Denver, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University.

Dr. Aashish Jha

Aashish is passionate about integrating data science and genomics to address pressing challenges in medicine and biology, including the gut microbiome and its effect on health. He received his BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley in 2007, Ph.D. in Human Genetics from The University of Chicago in 2015, and completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University.

Dr. Boo Boo Tanprasertsuk

Boo Boo received his PhD in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at Tufts University where his research focused on the relationship between nutrition and cognitive health in older adults. At NomNomNow, he is very excited to expand the scope of the investigation to dogs and cats, including nutrition's roles in health maintenance and disease prevention.

Dr. Joe Driscoll

Joe earned his PhD in neuroscience at the University of California at Berkeley studying the influence of stress on addiction circuits and worked in the pharmaceutical industry working in drugs discovery developing novel therapeutics for neurobehavioral disorders. At NomNomNow, Joe is a Data Scientist driving analysis on pet food nutrition, supplements and health.

LeeAnn Perry

LeeAnn received her BA in Molecular Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and her MSc in Neuroscience from Stanford University, where she studied risk factors for depression in adolescents. She uses statistical and machine learning approaches to uncover insights about NomNomNow pets.

Dr. Kelly Swanson

Science Advisory Board
Kraft Heinz Company Endowed Professor in Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kelly Swanson is an expert in companion animal nutrition, nutrigenomics and microbiomics, and his research is focused on the effects of nutritional intervention on health outcomes, identifying mechanisms by which nutrients impact gastrointestinal microbiota, host gene expression, and host physiology.

Dr. Jan Suchodolski

Science Advisory Board
Jan Suchodolski serves as Associate Professor and Associate Director of the GI Lab at Texas A&M University, where he is studying the effects of therapeutic (diet and pro- and prebiotics) interventions on the dog and cat metagenome and metabolome, including bile acid metabolism, for diagnostic and therapeutic application in animals with intestinal disease.