Using Big Data and Next-Generation Sequencing to Improve Your Pet’s Health

Curiosity has been known to kill the cat, but in this case, the curiosity of one UC Davis researcher may help improve the health of cats (and dogs) through a better understanding of their digestive health.

For individuals curious enough to wonder why their furry companion(s) sometimes suffer from gastrointestinal upsets like diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation, it might be time to collect a sample of their poop to have their gut bacteria examined. These bacteria, which are part of what researchers call the “microbiome,” play important roles in healthy digestion for pets

Author: Rachel Wolfson


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