According to a new study, the gut microbiomes of dogs and humans may be more similar than originally thought.
The study, conducted by a research team at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in collaboration with Nestlé Research, examined the genetic composition of the gut microbiomes of two different dog breeds. They found that the microbiomes of the dogs shared more in common with humans than with those of other animals.
The findings may help to refine the nutrition model currently used for dogs, in turn helping pet food manufacturers to produce healthier foods for them.
“These findings suggest that dogs could be a better model for nutrition studies than pigs or mice and we could potentially use data from dogs to study the impact of diet on gut microbiota in humans, and humans could be a good model to study the nutrition of dogs.”
— Luis Pedro Coelho, Researcher, European Molecular Biology Laboratory