It is well established that the gut microbiome plays vital roles in pet health and disease, but much of the science can become lost in translation to clinical veterinary practice.
Diet is one of the most accessible factors that influence the microbiome, and gives owners an opportunity to contribute to microbiome and gut health through the simple act of feeding their pet. Although diet affects the microbiome, disease conditions induce changes of greater magnitude; despite this fact, nutritional intervention can play a valuable role in managing pet health. Integrating a microbiome-centric approach into a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan can help veterinarians successfully manage many health conditions.
This section provides microbiome science in clinically relevant context to help veterinarians leverage microbiome science to improve case management and outcomes.