A research study, conducted by Dr. Luis Pedro Coelho and scientists from the European Molecular Biology Lab and in collaboration with Nestle Research, made an evaluation of the gastrointestinal microbiome of 2 different dog breeds and concluded that they have many similarities with the microbiome of the human gut. They say that the similarities to humans are greater than the similarities to pigs and mice. This makes us closer to our four-legged best friends than we thought.
This research reveals that the changes we make in our diets regarding protein and carbohydrates have a similar effect in dogs and people, no matter of the breed or the sex. For example, overweight dogs and their gut microbiomes are more responsive to high protein diet compared to healthy lean dogs. This will conclude that healthy gut microbiome is more resilient.
This allows dogs to be models for nutritional studies for humans and vice versa.
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