Test Results

   The Biome

Your pet's gut is home to a community of micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, archaea). The good micro-organisms are friendly and provide your pet with valuable nutrients, the bad are linked to disease and the not so bad don't contribute to good nutrition. 

This internal community is influenced by many factors ie. breed  age and the food he eats. 

Although most bacteria contribute towards your pet's health, there are a few that are harmful (pathogenic), if there is an overgrowth of these bad bacteria, they can contribute or cause ill health.

It is important to maintain the right balance between the beneficial and pathogenic bacteria. This balance can alter through stress, the use of medications and with a change in diet. 

Some imbalances may show as gastrointestinal discomfort and other imbalance show as allergies, diarrhea or poor gastrointestinal health. 

Bacteria have jobs to do and contributions to make, providing energy, vitamins and help to make nutrients, such as carbohydrates, more available. Other microbes interact with the immune, endocrine, nervous system and brain. 


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A Healthy Biome

Having lots of different species of bacteria and a high enough percentage of them is key to a balanced biome. The pie chart above is a representation of the average bacteria community in a healthy dog, this is then compared to the faecal analysis of your own pet. 

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   Part  1      

Who's In There?


The first part of the report looks at the top ten groups of bacteria at genus level. Bacteria are divided into groups to make them easier to understand and identify, (see diagram below). Part One of this report identifies the major players and highlights the nutritional contributions and benefits made by them.

Part 2

What are they doing?


Part Two refers to the bacteria identified across all of the taxonomic groups shown in the diagram.


It explains how and why the bacteria contribute to the health and well being. For example, some bacteria help rebuild the gut wall, some trigger an immune response and some talk to the brain about what and how to act, eat and sleep. Other bacteria 'take over' and form biofilms, taking nutrients away from the host and reducing the pH of the hind gut preventing fermentation and causing discomfort. Who are they doing it with? Part Two also looks at the relationships and the conversations between the bacteria, some relationships contribute to health, especially the health of the immune system and some contribute to ill health, increasing the opportunity for inflammation and dysbiosis.

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