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Is there any connection between bacteria and obesity in pets? Yes, there is. A common gut bacterium, Enterobacter cloacae, is known to produce a lip polysaccharide  toxin that can cause obesity and insulin resistance in mice. This toxin consists of fat and sugar.

Although, the sedentary lifestyle, and unwise feeding choices and amounts by owners remain important components of obesity, but maybe there is more to this complex problem. Until now genetic factors or early developmental factors were the major focus of obesity research in humans. But a study published in the journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology emphasizes the complexity of the problem.

The Bacterial Connection

In this study, the toxin lip polysaccharide was administered under the skin by injection to a group of germ free mice that were fed a high fat diet. A separate group was fed a high fat diet and restricted from activity. The germ infected group became obese but the germ free group did not despite the diet and lack of exercise. Moreover, the dietary changes also impacted the results significantly. These findings suggest that the role of bacterial toxin in obesity may also be linked to the amount of fat in the diet.

If you have a pet that is suffering from overweight problems, you must take him or her for consultation to a good Windsor veterinary. With early detection and proper care, the symptoms can be significantly reduced. Discuss with your veterinarian the details of your pet’s health for better treatment.