• Dr. Katie Woodley

How Nutrition Affects Your Pet's Microbiome

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The microbiome is an important part of your dog and cat's overall immune health. It can affect every tissue in your pet's body!

What exactly is a microbiome?

The microbiome refers to the both the bacterial cells themselves and their genetic material which is composed of trillions of cells residing in the digestive tract from oral cavity all the way to the rectum.

These bacteria assist in the digestion of nutrients, synthesize vitamins, prevent infection, and impact the overall immune system. Those tiny bacteria are very powerful and important for your pet's overall health.

However, many pets are dealing with dysbiosis, where the good bacteria levels in their GI tract are not at optimal levels, which is leading to many of the chronic conditions that are happening in many of our pets. Allergies, cancer, arthritis, amongst other diseases can be the result of a leaky gut.

Many of the conventional drugs that are given to help your pet stop itching or to treat an infection will directly impact the levels of good bacteria in your pet. If we're not replacing the good bacteria or feeding the microbiome the right foods, your pet will continue to show symptoms. This is the vicious cycle of going back and forth to the veterinary clinic for the same problem, spending lots of money and watching your pet be miserable. It's frustrating for you as a pet parent and the veterinarian.

How can we influence your pet's microbiome?

There are numerous ways to help your pet thrive again, but also there are many ways we can adversely affect your pet's health too.

Here are a few ways that your pet can be affected:

  • Diet

  • Probiotics

  • Antibiotics

  • Prebiotics

  • Fecal Microbiome Transplant Therapy

Diet is a key factor, and an area that must be addressed if we are going to truly heal the disease that is occurring or to prevent disease from happening in the first place. Once your pet is on a biologically appropriate, optimal diet, then we can look at supplements to help fill in the gaps.

As soon as we start to provide your pet's microbiome with the right nutrients through an optimal diet and the appropriate supplements, your pet's symptoms will melt away, leaving your pet happy, healthy and vibrant again.

Make sure to watch the video to learn how to optimize your pet's microbiome today to help them achieve optimal health and live a long and vibrant life.


In this short video, you'll learn about:

  • What is the microbiome

  • What is the microbiomes role in pet health

  • How we can change the microbiome

  • How diet can affect the microbiome

  • Top tips on how to improve your pet's microbiome

Need further help with nutrition for your dog or cat, click here to learn what a nutritional consult for your pet entails.


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*Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Dr. Katie Woodley cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make medical recommendations for your pet without first establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

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