Small Animal Microbiomes and Nutrition


Small Animal Microbiomes and Nutrition

Small Animal Microbiomes And Nutrition

By Robin Saar and Sarah Dodd

Small Animal Microbiomes and Nutrition PDF offers new perspective on the prevention and treatment of common health conditions in dogs and cats that arise from or result in dysbiosis of the body’s microbiomes, along with providing alternative first-line solutions of utilizing nutrients—less invasive procedures in comparison to prescription drugs to treat dysbiosis in the body’s microbiomes. This practical manual guides the reader through body systems that are commonly influenced by the microbiota in the microbiomes as well as accompanying dietary recommendations.

Initially, an overview of the body’s microbiome including common terminology and functions of microbiomes precede the chapters on development of the body’s microbiomes and factors influencing their diversity and density. The following three sections provide readers with a different perspective of commonly observed health conditions by focusing on the state of the microbiome and how the condition may be prevented and/or treated with the use of nutrients.

Written by a highly qualified author with significant experience in the field, Small Animal Microbiomes and Nutrition includes information on sample topics such as:

  • Results of research on alternative diets and emerging ingredients’ effect on the microbiomes and how to have the discussions with pet parents
  • Nutrition focused calculations, feeding directions, and templates for history, and recommendation for follow-up conversations with pet parents
  • Factors affecting the diversity and density of the microbiomes, such as genetics, age, sex, environment, stress, antibiotic therapy, and nutrition
  • Integumentary microbiomes, covering the skin’s microbiome, dysfunctional barrier syndrome, atopy (atopic dermatitis), and key nutritional factors

Small Animal Microbiomes and Nutrition is an essential resource for students completing companion animal health courses in two- and four-year programs, particularly those in veterinary technology, veterinary technician, and animal health technology diplomas and degrees, and it is also highly useful for students in other veterinary and animal science focused programs. Additionally, this book is essential in veterinary practices as a reference guide to support the transition into the utilization of microbiome medicine.

Table of Contents

Section I Understanding a Microbiome 

  1. Common Definitions
  2. Functions of the Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  3. The Origin and Development of the Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  4. Factors Affecting the Diversity and Density of the Microbiomes
  5. Essential Nutrients and the Microbiota
  6. Current Methods for Microbiome Analysis
  7. Microbiome- Centric Management of Dysbiosis

Section II The Microbiome’s Involvement in Body Systems

  1. The Immune System
  2. The Endocannabinoid System
  3. Respiratory System Microbiome
  4. Oral Microbiomes
  5. Aural Microbiome
  6. Integumentary Microbiomes
  7. Hepatic Circulation and Bile Acid Involvement with Microbiomes
  8. Gastrointestinal Microbiomes
  9. Neurological Interactions with Microbiomes
  10. Urinary System

Section III Emerging Ingredients and Alternative Diets

  1. Raw Ingredient Diets
  2. Grain and Gluten- Free Diets
  3. Cannabinoids
  4. Insects

Section IV Communication and Nutrition Plans for Pet Parents

  1. Communicating with Pet Parents
  2. Documenting a Nutrition History
  3. Dietary Treatment Plans
  4. Calculations for the Nutrition Consultation


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