AnimalBiome, a leader in science-backed microbiome testing and restoration products for companion animals, has released its first annual State of the Gut report. Based on seven years of testing the gut microbiome of cats and dogs and a survey of 2,000 cat parents and 2,000 dog parents in the United States, the report comes in two versions: one for consumer pet parents and another for veterinary professionals.
“The purpose of the 2022 State of the Gut report is to assess the current state of cat and dog gut health in the US and to increase awareness and understanding of the gut microbiome,” said Dr. Holly Ganz, Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder at AnimalBiome. “We hope our findings will contribute to greater longevity and happiness for cats and dogs everywhere.”
The 2022 State of the Gut report by AnimalBiome reveals some fascinating insights, including the results of seven years of gut microbiome testing which found E. coli at unhealthy levels in 1 in 3 dogs and 1 in 7 cats. “The findings of the analysis are significant. In mining the data we had accumulated over the past seven years, we discovered something we didn’t expect: unhealthy levels of E. coli bacteria were present in a surprising number of these cats and dogs, even those who weren’t exhibiting any symptoms,” said Ganz.
In addition, the report identifies that gut health issues aren’t always addressed by a visit to a veterinarian. “I knew from talking to our early customers that I wasn’t alone in finding it hard to resolve my own pet’s gut health issues, but I am astounded to learn that almost 30 percent of pet parents say that their pet’s GI and skin issues were not resolved with a vet visit,” said Carlton Osborne, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at AnimalBiome.