Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal 
ISSN 2218-6050 (Online), ISSN 2226-4485 (Print) 

"Review Article"

Role of gut microbiota in dog and cat’s health and diseases

Elisabetta Mondo*, Giovanna Marliani, Pier Attilio Accorsi, Massimo Cocchi and Alberto Di Leone

Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy


Mammalian gastrointestinal tract is colonized by a large number of microorganisms, known as gut microbiota, that play a key role in the physiological and pathological states. In particular, the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and cats harbors a complex and highly biodiverse microbial ecosystem. Recent studies see it involved in a wide range of life processes, including energy needs, metabolism, immunological activity and neuro-behavioral development. This review focuses on the role of the microbiota on the health of pets and will discuss changes that occur in the disease.

Keywords: Cat, Dog, Gut, Microbiota.

Cite this article:

Mondo, E., Marliani, G., Accorsi, P.A., Cocchi, M. and Di Leone, A. 2019. Role of gut microbiota in dog and cat’s health and diseases. Open Vet. J. 9(3), 253-258.