Companion animals symposium: microbes and gastrointestinal health of dogs and cats.

@article{Suchodolski2011CompanionAS,
  title={Companion animals symposium: microbes and gastrointestinal health of dogs and cats.},
  author={Jan S Suchodolski},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2011},
  volume={89 5},
  pages={1520-30}
}
Recent molecular studies have revealed complex bacterial, fungal, archaeal, and viral communities in the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and cats. More than 10 bacterial phyla have been identified, with Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, Fusobacteria, and Actinobacteria constituting more than 99% of all gut microbiota. Microbes act as a defending barrier against invading pathogens, aid in digestion, provide nutritional support for enterocytes, and play a crucial role in the development… CONTINUE READING
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