Exploring the Microbiome Diet For Gastrointestinal Health

Humans are increasingly learning to eat smart, balanced diets. Pet nutrition is headed in the same

direction. Technology and research are advancing, and pet food brands are developing new diets with a scientific approach.

One emerging trend to watch is the microbiome diet for cats and dogs. New research insights into the nutrition needs of animals has paved the way for gut microbiome diets. Designed to improve gastrointestinal (GI) health and nutrition, the microbiome diet is increasingly recommended by vets because its benefits are supported by scientific and clinical evidence. Key advantages include:

  • better systemic health
  • nourishing GI cells and enhancing gastrointestinal functions
  • improved mobility, water balance and stool quality

 

The digestive system is vital to animals’ well-being. Probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics all play crucial roles. The healthy ingredients of the microbiome diet include fiber particles, proteins, vitamins, fatty acids and biotics. They help regulate the gut microbial balance in the ecosystem by nourishing microbes and producing antioxidants. With positive gut bacteria (such as Lachnospira) increased, and negative bacteria (e.g. Desulfovibrio) decreased, nutrition absorption is facilitated and immunity enhanced. The specific types and combinations of healthy ingredients vary among pet food brands since each develop its own recipes.

The microbiome diet is believed to be effective in treating:

  • constipation and obstipation
  • diarrhea
  • colitis
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • poor appetite

 

This type of diet is suitable for cats and dogs with digestive illness or weakness, such as animals receiving antibiotic treatments. By encouraging the generation of probiotics, it aids digestion and absorption of nutrition in animals and also helps tackle obesity, diabetes, inflammatory, skin and ear problems.

As vet professionals, we know about the importance and need for nutritional care. Interested in exploring further? Get in touch with us.

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