The word microbiome is defined as the collection of microbes or microorganisms that inhabit an environment, creating a sort of “ecosystem”. It is in reality, the full collection of genes of all the microbes in a community. The microbiome (all of the microbes’ genes) can be considered a counterpart to the genome (all genes). The genes in our dog’s or our own microbiome actually outnumber the genes in our genome by about 100 to 1!
While studies on animals are still few, human studies have connected microbial imbalance in the gut to a variety of conditions, including obesity, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, immune disorders, and liver and brain diseases to name a few!
Let’s look at microbes, the Microbiome and the Biological Terrain as it concerns our companion canines:
A microbe is general term used to describe many different types of life forms or “microscopic organisms”. They are living things that are too small to be seen with the naked eye.
Examples of Microbes are:
- Microscopic Animals
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