Find out what’s causing your dog’s most miserable symptoms with AnimalBiomes Gut Health Test.
Many common health conditions are caused or worsened by an imbalance of the bacteria and bugs that live in your dog's gut. These healthy bacteria play a critical role in your dog's health like:
An imbalance in gut bacteria is now thought to be the primary cause of most diseases and nutritional deficiencies.
A 2007 study in cats with inflammatory bowel disease found that healthy cats had a much higher bacteria count in their gut. And a 2014 article in Cell found that people living in high-income countries have microbiomes that are less diverse and less resilient than those from third world countries.
There are many environmental stressors that can destroy the beneficial bacteria in your dog's gut and allow the harmful bacteria to flourish. These include:
Have you given your dog a dewormer? Not only do these drugs damage the microbiome, intestinal worms actually communicate with the microbiome. Some studies even show that worms can rebalance the microbiome.
Just like humans, dogs living in high income countries enjoy ready-made, processed foods. And most processed foods are high in starch. Sugar and refined starches are quickly absorbed in the digestive tract, before the microbes living there can digest them. That means they need to find an alternate source of food and they can start munching on the cells that line your dog’s intestines. When this happens, your dog can develop leaky gut, which causes chronic inflammation in your dog. This often shows up as allergy symptoms, yeast, joint pain and other ailments. Processed foods are also sterile. The bacteria have been heated and processed out of them. The microbes living in your dog’s gut die off and need to be replaced in his diet. If his food is deficient in bacteria, your dog’s microbiome will begin to become less populated … the colonies will start to die off without any new immigrants.
Does your dog’s food contain soy, corn, beets, alfalfa or other genetically modified foods? The glyphosate that’s sprayed on these foods works by disabling something called the Shikamate pathway in pests. This pathway is how they convert food to fuel so glyphosate starves them by shutting off this pathway. Scientists claim glyphosate is safe for humans and other animals like your dog because we don’t have the Shikamate pathway … we use different pathways to metabolize our foods. The problem is, the microbes in the microbiome DO have a Shikimate pathway. So glyphosate will destroy your dog’s microbiome as fast as anything. Except …
Antibiotics are like carpet bombers … they destroy every little microbe within range and can essentially wipe out your dog’s entire microbiome. Not only will the pathogenic bacteria be destroyed, but all the friendly bugs that build your dog’s vitamins and construct his immune system will be destroyed too. Drugs and vaccines can also have the same impact.
There are many other ways to harm the microbiome, including:
Do any of these sound familiar? This is why dysbiosis is probably the largest epidemic in dogs today.
And this is why your dog's gut health should be tested!
Poor gut health caused by an imbalance in gut bacteria can be the real cause of your dog's health issues including:
In today's toxic world, even raw-fed dogs can suffer from poor gut health.
Not only do you need to feed and care for your dog ... you need to feed and care for a few trillion of his little bacteria friends!
Developed by researchers at UC Davis at the University at California, the AnimalBiome Gut Health Test Kit is the quickest and most accurate way to measure your dog's gut health ...
... so you can help prevent or manage common health issues.
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