“Let them eat dirt!” – a healthy gut microbiome starts in the mouth


A look at how a varied diet plan, regular oral care and a little bit of dirt can help your dog’s gut microbiome grow.

Whenever your pet dog swallows, she sends out thousands of germs, viruses, protists and fungi (microbiome) from the mouth down the intestinal (GI) system to the stomach. We were always taught that the fate of these microorganisms is death by stomach acid … ends up that is not always true.

Microbes from the mouth survive the stomach to impact gut function and gut health.

Not surprisingly, who resides in the mouth has now been shown to effect microorganisms that live in the lower gut.

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