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22 New Bacterial Species Discovered with Help of Lil BUB

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

22 New Bacterial Species Discovered with Help of Lil BUB

We live in an era of discovery, especially as it relates to the microbiome and how microbial diversity influences our world, our health--and even our pet’s health. AnimalBiome is pushing scientific exploration to new levels in the world of cat and dog health. Now, with the help of one of the internet’s most famous cats, AnimalBiome is working to uncover new bacterial species in the most unusual of places—cat poop.

Thanks to a recent collaboration between Phase Genomics, AnimalBiome, and KittyBiome, Lil BUB helped to discover 22 new microbes living in cats. This discovery could in time reveal new insights into cat health and happiness.

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7 Ways a Healthy Gut Helps Your Pet Thrive

Posted by Alex Martin on

7 Ways a Healthy Gut Helps Your Pet Thrive

As a loving pet parent you provide your cat or dog with food, water, exercise and lots of affection -- but do you keep in mind the importance of a healthy gut as well? From digestion to mental health, your pet’s gut health affects almost every aspect of their health and happiness. Countless bacteria living in your pet’s gut, collectively called the gut microbiome, provide a variety of life-supporting functions that can help your pet live a healthy life.  

We’ve gathered 7 ways a healthy gut keeps your pet thriving.

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9 Tips to Help Your Pet on the 4th of July

Posted by Jana Botelho on

9 Tips to Help Your Pet on the 4th of July

Firework displays during the Fourth of July can be highly stressful for dogs and cats. The loud bangs, whistles and explosive sounds can hurt their ears and frighten even the bravest of pets.

Many pets are so terrified of fireworks that they escape from homes, yards or kennels due to panic and anxiety. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help comfort your pet and decrease the anxiety caused by fireworks and neighborhood celebrations.

Check out these tips to help your pet cope during the Fourth.

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Have an Anxious Pet? Anxiety & Dog-Cat Gut Health

Posted by Alex Martin on

Have an Anxious Pet? Anxiety & Dog-Cat Gut Health

Anxiety can be a part of life even for our dogs and cats. It's not all chasing tails, smelling catnip, and playing with toys. Our pets are as susceptible to anxiety as we are. When anxiety is ongoing and interferes with daily life, left untreated it can lead to behavioral and health problems. Things like incessant barking and destructive chewing in dogs, litter box avoidance and over-grooming in cats as well as health conditions like chronic digestive problems, depression, and more can sometimes be a result of untreated anxiety.

June 25th marks the beginning of Pet Anxiety Awareness Week. In this article, we’ll briefly explore how ongoing anxiety may affect dog and cat gut health.

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AnimalBiome supports the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Walk

Posted by Kari Goodman on

AnimalBiome supports the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Walk
We recently spent a lovely Saturday in Walnut Creek, California at a fundraiser for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the “Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Walk.” AnimalBiome contributed to the event to help build awareness for these debilitating diseases and to raise funds to help find cures. Before the walk started, several patients shared heartbreaking testimonials about their experiences with the diagnosis and treatment of their condition. The details of life with such a serious digestive condition are graphic, and we were struck by the bravery of each of them for sharing their experience. Just like people, dogs and cats can experience crippling gastrointestinal disorders.

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