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AnimalBiome, a leader in the dog and cat health microbiome sector, has completed a seed funding round totaling $1.5 million, bringing their total raised to date to $2.25 million. The company was founded by researchers at the University of California, Davis and Berkeley in late 2016. AnimalBiome completed IndieBio’s life science accelerator program in 2017, and Leap Venture Studio’s accelerator program in 2018. AnimalBiome provides personalized recommendations for nutrition and supplements based on genetic sequencing of bacteria in the microbiome of companion animals.


AnimalBiome, the leading companion animal microbiome company, has selected Loop Genomics long-read 16S Microbiome kits to help it expand its microbiome testing capabilities to provide veterinarians with practical, clinically-actionable insights regarding the gut health of dogs and cats. Proactive management of the gut microbiome holds great potential to reduce the incidence of chronic illnesses, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Metabolic Syndrome, among others. In fact, more than 50% of pets will develop a condition associated with an imbalance in the microbiome in their lifetime.


In the News

July 15, 2021, Cargill

Cargill invests in AnimalBiome to improve the well-being of pets through better gut health

Pet owners and veterinarians increasingly want more options to ensure the health and well-being of pets including a growing interest in allergy and gastrointestinal support, diagnosis and treatments. To accelerate the introduction of new products and insights in the pet microbiome modulation space, Cargill today announced an investment in AnimalBiome, the Oakland, California-based start-up using the latest microbiome science to restore pet digestive and skin issues.


May 12, 2021, Nutra Ingredients

NutraWomen Wednesday: Holly Ganz, PhD, AnimalBiome

Ganz started the company in 2016 after noticing the gap in the market. Today, the company boasts the largest database of cat and dog microbiome samples in the world.


April 22, 2021, Petfood Industry

How to recruit pet owners for dog, cat food studies

As pet owners increasingly demand products formulated to promote gut microbiome health, one group of scientists reviewed previously published research on pet microbiomes and developed recommendations, published in Frontiers of Veterinary Science.


September 17, 2020, Petfood Industry

Testing pet microbiome validates diet marketing claims

As consumer interest in pets’ gut microbiomes increases, pet food companies can gain insight into their products by monitoring the microbiome in feeding trials, Jessica Jarett, computational biologist for AnimalBiome, said.


July 29, 2020, Petfood Industry

Core species of dog, cat gut microbiome identified

Like a happy family in Anna Karenina, one pet biotechnology company found evidence that all healthy dog or cat microbiomes may be alike, or at least similar.


January 24, 2020, Veterinary Practice News

AnimalBiome earns aces from IVC Journal

A California-based biotechnology company has earned high praises from the Innovative Veterinary Care (IVC) Journal. AnimalBiome is the recipient of IVC Journal’s 2019 Innovation Award for Supplements in the category of “Gut Health.”


More from 2019

September 17, 2019, Pet Food Processing

10 startups chosen for Factory’s first Pet Innovation Challenge

AnimalBiome is all about the gut health of pets and offers microbiome tests and supplements for cats and dogs to address pets with digestive, immune system and skin issues.


Microbes Make Chemicals for Scent Marking in a Cat

September 13, 2019, Science Daily

Domestic cats, like many other mammals, use smelly secretions from anal sacs to mark territory and communicate with other animals. A new study shows that many odiferous compounds from a male cat are actually made not by the cat, but by a community of bacteria living in the anal sacs.


More from 2018

August 28, 2018,SF Business Times

Could an East Bay startup's 'poop pill' reset your pet's gut?

A handful of companies have focused over the past decade on humans' gut microbiome, where a balance of bacteria keep us healthy. Now AnimalBiome of Oakland is applying its learnings in cats and dogs.


August 21, 2018,Innovative Veterinary Care

Microbiome Restorative Therapy in companion animals

A procedure in which fecal material is transferred from a healthy individual to the gastrointestinal tract of an ailing individual, MBRT helps balance the microbiome and treat digestive issues..


August 13, 2018,Portland Business Journal

Pet project: Portland-based accelerator taps 6 animal services startups

A new Portland-based accelerator program has revealed the six "growing pet technology ecosystem" companies that will participate in it..


August 02, 2018, Pet Product News

Six Companies Join Mars Petcare's Accelerator Program

Mars Petcare, Michelson Found Animals Foundation and R/GA Ventures have unveiled the six companies that will participate in the first cohort of the Leap Venture Studio (Leap). AnimalBiome being one of the six.


June 26, 2018, The Guardian

Pet food is an environmental disaster – are vegan dogs the answer?

"Just as in humans, a diverse diet is the route to a healthy gut, and eating the same food all the time means pets are “more likely to develop food allergies.”


May 03, 2018, Gizmodo

I DNA Tested My Cat...?

From bacterial DNA in a poop sample, AnimalBiome will tell you about the microbe makeup of your pet’s gut, along with information about how this impacts digestive health.