The bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in your dog’s intestines make up the gut microbiome. They play important roles in digestion, nutrient absorption, metabolism, protection from infection, and immune function. If your dog is missing important beneficial bacteria, their gut microbiome may not be functioning optimally - this is called a microbiome imbalance.
Inflammation in the gut is often linked with a bacterial imbalance that can be associated with a multitude of long-term health conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cancer of the bowel, and bile acid metabolism.
To determine if your dog has a gut microbiome imbalance consider purchasing a DoggyBiome Gut Microbiome Health Test. You can also learn more about gut microbiome health testing below.