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Dog's diet shapes its gut microbiome

Study may help identify new microbiology-inspired strategies for managing pet obesity.

Studies of the gut microbiome have gone to the dogs — and pets around the world could benefit as a result. In a paper published this week in mBio, researchers from Nestle Purina PetCare Co. report that the ratio of proteins and carbohydrates in a canine's daily diet have a significant influence on the balance of microbes in its gut.

Among other findings, they observed that dogs fed a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet had decreases in the ratio of bacteroidetes to firm

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