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Understanding the pet microbiome

The millions of microbes in the human body, many of which located in our digestive system, have an important role in keeping us healthy.  This microscopic community and all the genes within it make up the microbiome.  

Pets have their unique microbiome too. The combination of bacteria in their microbiome is essential to their overall health. When a pet’s oral and gut microbiome is unbalanced, health issues like diarrhea, diabetes, gum disease or skin problems may appear.   

We're driving research into the oral and gut microbiome of cats, dogs and horses because the more we understand about the combinations of bacteria, the better equipped we are to: 

  • Predict future health  
  • Prevent or delay diseases through new diagnostics 
  • Better measure pets’ health  
  • Tailor diets to optimise pets’ health 

 

Research highlights

Thanks to our research, we now know:  

 

Thought leaders

Learn more from our experts about how pet microbiome research can help us better understand pets' health needs.

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Blogs

What's the link between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and your dog's mouth...?

Whether it be the cartoon series, films or video games, I'm sure you have some, vague, at the very least, recollection of those four fictional superheroes? They battled the 'baddies', from criminals to aliens and evil mutants, while seeking residence in the sewers of New York City.

   

Characterizing dogs' oral bacteria to better understand gum disease

Ever wondered about the diversity of bugs, or rather the bacteria, in your mouth? From early childhood we are taught that bacteria, feeding off the remnants of our last meal, are the cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

The good, the bad and the "bug"ly - why there's more life in your pet than meets the eye

We make seemingly endless attempts to improve or maintain our health, with various dietary regimes and exercise plans being promoted as the best way to keep the body in optimum condition.