• Jan 19, 2019

Luís Pedro Coelho and his colleagues from the European laboratory of molecular biology in cooperation with Nestlé Research studied an intestines microbiome — the genetic material belonging to a microbiota, beagles and retrievers. They found that intestinal microflora of dogs was similar to human. Besides, the intestinal microbiome is more similar to dog, than pork or mouse though these two animals are often used in model researches.

Intestinal Microflora at Dogs Was Similar to Human

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Speaking about opening, Coelho said that people are more similar to the barking pets , than thought initially.

Domestication of Wolves

Wild wolves were the first animals who were cultivated, and people often shared food resources and premises with "the best friends" throughout all history. It is no wonder that these factors contributed to the development of a human intestinal microbiota in the same vein, as dog.

On it the similarity does not come to an end.

Obesity at the barking quadrupeds represents a serious problem for their owners, and the team of doctor Coelho considered how the microbiome of intestines of a dog changed in response to dietary interventions.

Having introduced a diet with the high content of protein and low content of carbohydrates for groups with an excess weight and thin animals, they found:

Dog with an Excess Weight

  1. The intestines microbiome considerably changed only at dogs with an excess weight .
  2. The microbiome at thin animal is much steadier . It was noticed also in researches in public.

Interested scientists: as transplantation of a fecal microbiota — capture at healthy people and change — showed to their patients with certain diseases positive results whether this procedure for overcoming obesity at dogs can potentially be used?

There are important consequences which follow from opening of doctor Coelho and his colleagues.

One of them: use barking four-footed as model for a research of a microbiome of intestines of the person and vice versa.

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