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Microbiome in Dogs and Its Importance

 02/05/2019

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Having a dog is one of the best feelings in the world but this ball of fur can fall sick from time to time. Hence, it is important that you do all you can to protect him from falling ill frequently.

You all might know that your dog’s body is made up of trillions of cells but there are other things present too called microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and virus. They outnumber the cells in your pal’s body by almost 10 times and form small little communities of microbes. These are collective microbes are called the Microbiome.

So what is the Microbiome?

Why is the Microbiome important for my Dog?

The Microbiome supports and protects your canine friends in numerous ways. Let’s take a look at them.

Affects Dog Mood:

This might sound bizarre but the little bugs present in your dog, communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones. The brain sends signals to the Microbiome when it wants food and also controls the immune system. Hence, the Microbiome affects a dog’s mood

Produces Necessary Proteins and Vitamins

The good bacteria present in the Microbiome produces proteins called enzymes that help in food digestion. Without those friendly bacteria, your dog will be unable to get the much needed nutrients it needs. Microbiome also produces Vitamins especially the B vitamins and thiamin and also short chain fatty acids by fermenting fiber in the colon.  

Integral Part of The Immune System

The most important task of the Microbiome is to support the immune system. Your pal’s intestinal tract is lined with a mucous membrane and in this membrane is a substance called gut-associated lymphoid tissue which is commonly known as GALT. The GALT and the Microbiome work together to form close to 90% of the immune system. Hence, the Microbiome forms an integral part of the immune system.

Protects Against Harmful Bacteria, Pathogen, Virus & Fungi

The microbes present in the Microbiome protects your dog from harmful bacteria (e. coli), pathogens (Lyme), fungi (yeast) and virus (parvovirus).

Acts As a Protective Barrier –

The Microbiome acts as a great protective barrier against allergens, carcinogens, drugs and toxins. They bind to them so that they cannot enter your dog’s body.

Dogs with chronic digestive problems can recover their health by fecal transplants which in turn help in building an improved Microbiome. Maintaining a good Microbiome is essential because of the several qualities it serves your pet. It is often referred to as the “forgotten organ” and must be well protected.

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