Did you know that there are about ten times more bacteria in and on our bodies than our own cells? And this does not just apply to humans, but also our pets at home. Our pets have all kinds of microorganisms living within its their ecosystem. This microscopic community inhabiting our pets’ ecosystem is known as a microbiome. Our trusted BioCote® partner, Rosewood Pets, have made it their goal to provide antimicrobial pet toys to help support good hygiene for our pets.
What exactly is a microbiome?
The microbiome is made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa living within our pets’ bodies. Those microorganisms have a symbiotic relationship and affect the overall health and wellbeing of our pets. The majority live in the gut and support normal bodily functions, and they can be essential to a pet’s immune system.
Every microbiome is unique. Dogs and cats start developing a microbiome right after birth, which is created from the microorganisms of their mother and the surrounding environment. During growth, the composition and diversity of their microbiome changes and matures. It is affected by things they come into contact with, such as food, the environment and even by their owners – this is the reason why a dog’s microbiome is more similar to the human microbiome than that of pigs or mice for example (unless you keep pigs and mice as your pets that is).
The microbiome has an effect on almost every tissue of the pet’s body, playing a significant role in their overall health. Microbiome communities differ depending on the habitat, such as the skin, lungs or gut, requiring different approaches to promote good bacteria and prevent the growth of bad bacteria. For instance, gut bacteria may synthesise vitamins and vital amino acids to help prevent diseases from manifesting, strengthening the immune system.
Caring for the microbiome
Nutrition and diets are deeply connected to the health and population of our pet’s microbiome. It is really sensitive, and an unbalanced microbiome can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, changes of appetite or skin and behavioural problems, among others.
An experiment carried out in 2008 on the effect of food on the microbiome showed how human microbiome transplanted to mice changed significantly in less than a day by just modifying the diet. Consequently, properly feeding and caring for our pets promotes a balanced microbiome, essential for their immunity, inflammation and overall wellbeing.
Antimicrobial technology to support pet hygiene
Given how many external factors can influence a pet’s microbiome, it’s crucial to keep their environment clean and hygienic. BioCote® has been working with manufacturers in the pet industry to integrate antimicrobial additives into materials used for pet toys and accessories.
BioCote® Partner Rosewood Pets produces a comprehensive range of pet accessories and pet treats. Integrated BioCote® antimicrobial technology throughout the material, Rosewood Pets have introduced a unique range of BioSafe dog toys. These innovative toys are protected from the negative effects of bacteria by up to 99.99%, making them more hygienic to use and helping to reduce the risk of staining, bad odours and premature material degradation. Find out more about Rosewood Pets’ BioSafe dog toy.
If you are interested in finding out more about our partner products, or in making your own products antimicrobial, please get in touch with a member of the BioCote® team on +44 (0) 2477 712 489 or contact us via the form below.