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, 9 (3), 253-258

Role of Gut Microbiota in Dog and Cat's Health and Diseases


Role of Gut Microbiota in Dog and Cat's Health and Diseases

Elisabetta Mondo et al. Open Vet J.


Mammalian gastrointestinal tract is colonized by a large number of microorganisms, known as gut microbiota, that play a key role in the physiological and pathological states. In particular, the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and cats harbors a complex and highly biodiverse microbial ecosystem. Recent studies see it involved in a wide range of life processes, including energy needs, metabolism, immunological activity, and neuro-behavioral development. This review focuses on the role of the microbiota on the health of pets and will discuss changes that occur in the disease.

Keywords: Cat; Dog; Gut; Microbiota.

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