Paws for Health: Nutrition, Inflammation, and Immunity in Humans and Dogs

by matthew bender
“Can diet & nutrition help to prevent chronic disease?”
A small dog is held by its owner, who is holding up a dog treat.

Nutrition is a critical component of overall human health, as it plays a role in inflammation, chronic disease, and more. A recent National Geographic article explores foods that can reduce inflammation and manage the gut microbiome to help prevent chronic disease. Unfortunately, many people don’t consider this same importance for their dogs. 

Our furry friends are not as different from us as they seem. Sure, they are quite different on the outside. But internally, their bodies operate much the same as ours, including in many of the adverse conditions we can be affected by. This is why owners need to consider what they are feeding their dogs to manage and prevent health conditions properly. 

Let’s take a look into the nutritional similarities between humans and dogs. 

Gut Microbiome: A Major Factor for Human and Dog Nutrition

Research has already found links between the human gut microbiome and how it can influence inflammation and disease. According to one study, “The presence of certain bacteria is associated with inflammatory molecules that may bring about inflammation in various body tissues. Inflammation underlies many chronic multisystem conditions, including obesity, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and inflammatory bowel disease.” 

Recent research from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory evaluated the gut microbiomes of two breeds of dogs and found close connections to that of humans. 

Dr Luis Pedro Coelho, corresponding author of the study, said, “We found many similarities between the gene content of the human and dog gut microbiomes. The results of this comparison suggest that we are more similar to man’s best friend than we originally thought.” 

These similarities likely indicate that proper dog nutrition is just as crucial for maintaining overall health as it is in humans. 

Protect Your Dog From Novel Illnesses Through Dog Food Nutrition

Further evidence of the connection between dogs and humans is in the similar illnesses we can catch. Several respiratory illnesses, such as influenza and bronchitis, have versions in both species. Humans are told to eat a proper diet to bolster their immune system against illness, and the same needs to be done for dogs. 

Think about how many people reach for particular foods or supplements, such as Vitamin C, to assist the immune system when they are sick. Yet, it is rare to see anyone consider these components for their dogs. Many dog owners likely assume that dog foods on the market consider all nutritional needs, but this is far from the truth. 

A new respiratory illness has affected dogs in multiple states. Unfortunately, the cause remains unknown. It shares similarities to other respiratory illnesses but can become more severe and last longer. It is not widespread yet, but owners should improve dog food nutrition to help protect their canine friends. 

Ultimately, an improved diet will help to improve a dog’s overall health and immune system. This can make it less likely for them to catch this novel illness. 

Learn More Dog Nutrition Facts at Get Joy

If you want to learn all of the dog nutrition facts, make sure to check out the Get Joy site. Most dog kibbles and other foods on the current market are packed with processed ingredients, and other fillers that are harmful for them. 

Luckily, this is not the case with our fresh meals. We may not be able to have our furry family members around our whole lives, but an actually nutritious diet can help them live longer and healthier lives. 

We aim to create a widespread change in dog nutrition and pet wellness. Making the switch to a nutritious dog diet can be easier than you think, overall benefiting the health of our canine companions.