8 Jul 2017

Pet poo problems

From This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 8 July 2017
The cat's whiskers

Photo: (Alejandra Coral via Unsplash)

Our pets are griping, vomiting and wheezing their way through an epidemic of undiagnosed digestive distress, according to Holly Ganz, a microbial ecologist at the University of California Davis.

Ganz sampled piles of posted poop to explore the microbiome of our feline friends in a citizen science project called Kittybiome

Now she wants more pet poo – this time from dogs, too – for her new pet project Animalbiome

She hopes it could be the springboard for better treatments – including orally administered fecal transplants and pet probiotics that actually work.