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Planned 2021-2022 studies include double blind placebo-controlled tests on the effects of RISOBiotics™ microbiome support on the canine fecal microbiota and oral microbiota; alleviation of symptoms of canine atopic dermatitis; the scared rescue dog tests; and studies with breeders.

Can exposure, especially as a young puppy, to healthy bio-diverse soil help restore the dog’s ancestral microbial communities and therefore enhance the overall health of the dog?

RISOBiotics™ microbiome support: restoring healthy microbial communities for all creatures with the safest, most biodiverse products in the world.

“Our findings show that a key timing of exposure to the microbiota and microbiota metabolites may actually be very early in life. We think this makes sense because during development, whether it’s in utero or early postnatal, there are so many changes going on that the contribution of the microbiota can be very impactful.” - DR TIM DENNING, “EARLY-LIFE EXPOSURE TO THE MICROBIOTA RESTRICTS COLON CANCER LATER IN LIFE, STUDY FINDS” RELEASED BY GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FROM AKIHITO HARUSATO ET AL, EARLY-LIFE MICROBIOTA EXPOSURE RESTRICTS MYELOID-DERIVED SUPPRESSOR CELL-DRIVEN COLONIC TUMORIGENESIS, CANCER, IMMUNOLOGY RESEARCH (2019). DOI: 10.1158/2326-6066.CIR-18-0444

It is possible that small, inexpensive changes in the way breeders raise their puppies—adding RISOBiotics™ microbiome support to the whelping area can enhance the long-term health of the puppies. Of course, we plan to test this, and aim to have a testing protocol in place by summer, 2021.

Details of Testing (Coming Soon)

Many veterinarians have shared with us that, in the clinical setting, they still see a lack of optimal health in dogs, even ones on balanced, species-appropriate, fresh food diets, which leads us to theorize that something is still missing: their ancestral microbes, their “old friends” found in nutrient-rich soil and other ancestral environments.

The canine ancestral environment was full of microbe-rich soil. Starting at birth, soil-based microbes colonized every environmental niche on and in them. Now most puppies are born inside, in a radically different environment often full of harsh cleaning chemicals and antimicrobial soaps and the indoor microbes that thrive in such environments. Many puppies may never play in soil until they get to their new homes, if then. They are not exposed to their ancestral microbes.

Just as we find that most dogs are healthiest when they consume their ancestral diets, we think most dogs are healthiest when they have their natural-ancestral-microbial populations. Dogs co-evolved with the trillions of microbes that are in and on the dog. The dogs who had the greatest harmony between their gene and the microbes to which they were exposed were most fit and successful. From a Darwinian perspective, the canine genes selected for were those that fit best with the microbes in their environment.

“The composition of the gut microbiota in early life is emerging as a factor in helping achieve and maintain good health in the years to come.”

Gut Microbiota, Interactive Effects on Nutrition and Health. Dr Edward Ishigkuro et al, Academic Press, 2018

Early exposure is important: Working with dog breeders

For the most part, the first microbes to colonize the many environmental niches on and in the dog win, they are difficult to dislodge. A good start is important.

Today most puppies are born inside, in attempts-at-sterile environments, with microbes that can withstand harsh chemicals populating the puppies. These are not their ancestral microbes. The result: chronic health problems such as recurring ear infections, unhealthy teeth and gums, hot spots sensitivity to fleas, and perhaps shorter lives.

It is possible that a small, inexpensive change in the way breeders raise their puppies—adding small amounts of healthy soil to the whelping area—can have a significant long-term beneficial effect on the puppies’ lives.

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