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Healing Your Pet with a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

Healing Your Pet with a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

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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How your cat’s diet could lead to chronic inflammation (and steps you can take to prevent it)

Posted by Alex Martin on

How your cat’s diet could lead to chronic inflammation (and steps you can take to prevent it)

Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease are soon to follow. This is true for humans across the world and it also applies to our companion animals. Below we discuss the links between food, inflammation and your cat’s health to aid in your search for the best diet to feed your cat. What is inflammation and when is it bad? Inflammation is a natural process used by your cat’s immune system to combat irritants and foreign organisms like bacteria and viruses. When a harmful invader is detected, the body’s white blood cells release...

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