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Gut Bacteria: The Secret to Your Dog’s Health

Posted by Adrien Burch on

Gut Bacteria: The Secret to Your Dog’s Health

You can’t see them, but you know they’re there. Bacteria are all around and within your dog’s body (and yours as well). Don't panic! The vast majority of bacteria on earth are either harmless or helpful for humans and their companions. In fact, scientists are just beginning to discover that bacteria actually play vital roles in shaping many aspects of health. Read on to learn about the role of these bacteria in your dog’s health. What is the microbiome? All animals on earth have unique collections of microbes (bacteria, fungi, viruses and other tiny things) in their digestive tracts, collectively termed...

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How your cat’s diet could lead to chronic inflammation (and steps you can take to prevent it)

Posted by Adrien Burch on

How your cat’s diet could lead to chronic inflammation (and steps you can take to prevent it)

Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease are soon to follow. This is true for humans across the world and it also applies to our companion animals. Below we discuss the links between food, inflammation and your cat’s health to help your search for the best diet to feed your cat. What is inflammation and when is it bad? Inflammation is a natural process used by your cat’s immune system to combat irritants and foreign organisms like bacteria and viruses. When an invasion is detected, the body’s white blood cells release chemicals that...

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10 Ways to Shape Your Dog’s Gut Health & Digestion

Posted by Adrien Burch on

10 Ways to Shape Your Dog’s Gut Health & Digestion

Your dog has a unique collection of hundreds of different types of single-celled microorganisms (bacteria and other microbes) in its digestive tract, referred to as the gut microbiome. Gut bacteria are crucial for digestion and obtaining nutrients from the food your dog eats. From weight to mental health, the microbiome affects almost every aspect of your dog’s health and happiness. When gut bacteria are out of balance, inflammatory disorders such as irritable bowel disease (IBD) can result. Modern society is seeing a rise in microbiome-associated disorders in our dogs and ourselves. It’s more important now than ever to take care...

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Healing Your Pet with a Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

Healing Your Pet with a Fecal Microbiota Transplant

At AnimalBiome, we provide convenient oral capsules as an alternative to the traditional fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in order to treat digestive disorders in animals and improve cat health and dog health. FMTs transplant gut bacteria found in fecal material from a healthy donor to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of a recipient. While this sounds gross to many of us, for a growing subset of people (and their pets), it also represents a lifesaving treatment. FMTs are far more effective than existing probiotics in restoring the community of bacteria in the GI tract (Chaitman et al. 2016), which is one reason...

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Probiotics for your pet: Do they work?

Posted by Alex Martin on

Probiotics for your pet: Do they work?

Probiotics are one of the most popular supplements for dog and cat health. But do you know why probiotics are supposed to be good for your pet? They are often fed to dogs and cats with digestion problems, and are also growing in popularity as a daily food additive. Unfortunately, there is not much scientific evidence to support the popularity of probiotics. At AnimalBiome we want to help you understand what probiotics can and cannot do, so you can decide if they are right for your companion. What are probiotics? Probiotics are microorganisms (usually bacteria) that are consumed for health benefits. These can be...

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