FloridaWild Vet Hospital

Microbiome Replacement Therapy (Fecal Transfers)

Brady (FloridaWild patient)

What is Microbiome?

The Microbiome is all of the microorganisms inside our body, the vast majority of which live in our intestine.

Why is it important?

Studies have shown that having the correct intestinal microorganisms not only plays a large role in intestinal health and correct digestion of nutrients, but also stimulates our immune system. This has the potential to not only help us fight off disease, but also to decrease inflammation and help prevent and fight cancers. There are even studies that suggest that the microorganisms inside us impact our mental health.

What is Microbiome Replacement Therapy (MBRT)?

MBRT consists of taking fecal material (yes, poop) from very carefully selected and screened donor dogs and cats, and putting it into the intestines of the patient. This is typically done with a small enema, but it can also be done with oral capsules.

Is it difficult for my pet?

It is very easy, comfortable and well tolerated!

How long does it take?

The procedure itself takes about 20 minutes, but the preparation of the sample can take a little longer, so we typically ask you to drop your pet off for part of the day.

Which pets should NOT get MBRT?

Patients currently on antibiotics. Antibiotics can dramatically change the microorganisms in the intestine, so we want to wait until the antibiotic treatment is completed to do MBRT.

Why can’t I just give my pet Probiotics or Pre-biotics?

These things definitely help to improve the microorganisms in the intestine, but they simply don’t change them to the extent that MBRT can.

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