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A diagnosis of a disorder like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in your cat can be challenging to deal with for you, your veterinarian, and of course your feline companion. Inflammatory bowel disease is a common disease veterinarians see in practice. Below we’ll cover what a diagnosis of IBD in your cat means, possible causes, other diseases that might need to be ruled out, and possible treatments or therapies to ask your veterinarian about.
Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on
A fecal microbiota transplant involves the transfer of fecal material (including beneficial bacteria and fungi) from a healthy donor to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of a recipient. While this sounds gross to many of us, for a growing subset of people (and their pets), it also represents a lifesaving treatment. FMTs are far more effective than existing probiotics in restoring the community of bacteria in the GI tract (Chaitman et al. 2016), which is one reason for their widespread use. About fecal transplants The principle behind FMTs arises from relatively recent discoveries that the health of an individual can be closely...
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Although unseen, gut bacteria may greatly affect your dog’s health from supporting digestion to shaping their immune system to affecting your pup’s risk for diseases. You can’t see them, but they’re there. Bacteria are all around and within your dog’s body (and yours as well).
Don't panic! The vast majority of bacteria are either harmless or helpful for humans and their pets. In fact, scientists are just beginning to discover that bacteria actually play vital roles in shaping many aspects of health. Read on to learn more about the role of bacteria in your dog’s health.