Fecal Microbiota Transplant

A healthy microbiome is key to a healthy pet

Fecal Microbiota Transplants

Fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs) are an emerging treatment that involves transferring healthy gut bacteria from a donor to a recipient pet’s gastrointestinal system. This procedure holds promise for improving the digestive health of dogs and cats by restoring the balance of their gut microbiome.

What is a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)?
A FMT involves collecting fecal matter from a healthy donor animal, processing it, and then transferring the beneficial gut bacteria to the recipient pet. The transplantation can occur through different routes, such as via oral capsules or via an enema.

How was a FMT donor selected?
Not all feces is created equally. Our donor underwent extensive testing to make sure it is the “right” feces. The screening process included a complete physical exam, bloodwork, review of the donor’s medical history, and extensive fecal testing to ensure the feces was free of:

  • Hookworm
  • Roundworm
  • Whipworm
  • Giardia
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Other parasites
  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • Canine circovirus
  • Canine distemper virus
  • Canine enteric coronavirus
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Clostridium difficile toxins
  • Clostridium perfringens toxins

A dysbiosis index (DI) was also performed on the feces to ensure the right mix of bacteria are available in the feces.

Benefits of FMTs for Dogs and Cats:
Restoring Gut Health: FMTs help rebalance the gut microbiome, which plays a vital role in digestion, nutrient absorption, and overall immune function.
Resolving Digestive Disorders: FMTs have shown promising results in treating conditions like acute diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Clostridium induced diarrhea, and antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
Boosting Immunity: A healthy gut microbiome enhances the immune system, potentially reducing the risk of allergies and certain infections.

Considerations for Pet Owners:
Veterinary Supervision: FMTs should only be performed under the guidance of a qualified veterinarian to ensure safety and proper execution.
Donor Selection: Donors must be healthy animals with a diverse and well-balanced gut microbiome. Careful screening is necessary to minimize the risk of transmitting pathogens or undesirable traits.
Procedure Administration: FMTs can be administered through various methods, and the veterinarian will determine the most suitable approach based on the pet’s condition and the ability to deliver medications.
Potential Risks: Although FMTs are generally considered safe, there is a slight risk of adverse reactions such as abdominal discomfort. Close monitoring and coordination with your veterinarian are crucial to address any unforeseen issues.

Fecal microbiota transplants offer a promising treatment for dogs and cats struggling with various digestive disorders and gut imbalances. By restoring a healthy balance of gut bacteria, FMTs can help improve digestion, boost the immune system, and support overall well-being. We are proud to offer this cutting edge treatment to reduce our need for antibiotics and restore health naturally.

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