Effect of sequentially fed high protein, hydrolysed protein, and high fibre diets on the faecal microbiota of healthy dogs: a cross-over study Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • Abstract BackgroundDietary content and environmental factors can shape the gut microbiota, and consequently, the way the gut microbiota metabolises fats, carbohydrates and proteins, affecting overall health of the host. We evaluated the impact of 3 diets (all meat, high insoluble fibre dry extruded diet and hydrolysed protein dry extruded diet) on the gut microbiota of healthy dogs in a cross-over sequential study. ResultsWe showed that diet can have a large effect on the gut microbiome in dogs, regardless of the order of feeding. High-protein (all meat) diets were characterised by an increase in bacteria belonging to the Fusobacteria and Bacteroidetes phyla, whereas a high-insoluble fibre commercial diet correlated with increases in Firmicutes and Actinobacteria phyla. However, the individual dogs baseline microbiota had the most impact on the magnitude and nature of the changes in response to dietary intervention. Conclusion Our results suggest that the dog faecal microbiome is driven by protein and fibre composition, and targeted modification of these patterns could be useful in the modulation of the gut microbiota in different diseases.

author list (cited authors)

  • Martinez-Lopez, L. M., Pepper, A., Pilla, R., Woodward, A., Suchodolski, J., & Mansfield, C.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Martinez-Lopez, Lina Maria||Pepper, Amy||Pilla, Rachel||Woodward, Andrew||Suchodolski, Jan||Mansfield, Caroline

Book Title

  • Research Square

publication date

  • January 2021