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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT)?
A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), also called fecal transplant, is the transfer of stool from a healthy donor to the GI tract of a sick recipient. The stool from the donor contains a diverse, well-functioning community of bacteria that take up residence in the recipient’s gut. FMT is the best known approach for restoring a balanced gut microbiome and has proven to be an effective treatment in both humans and companion animals.
FMT has been used for hundreds of years in veterinary medicine and for over a thousand years in human medicine. Though modern regulatory entities like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are still determining how to classify it, FMT continues to demonstrate beneficial results for a growing list of human health conditions. For example, FMT is routinely used to treat Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infections. And it provides a promising solution for the low gut bacterial diversity associated with Crohn’s disease (a form of IBD).
What are Gut Restore/FMT capsules (poop pills)?
An FMT can be delivered via colonoscopy or enema, but for cats and dogs, those procedures generally require sedation. Our Gut Restore Supplement is an oral FMT capsule that gives your dog the benefits of FMT without the need for surgery or sedation. Containing a proprietary mixture of carefully screened, cryoprotected, freeze-dried donor stool, the Gut Restore capsules (aka “poop pills”) offer a noninvasive, affordable, at-home alternative for pets suffering from digestive, skin, or immune system issues.
How can the Gut Restore Supplement improve my dog’s health?
By seeding your dog’s microbiome with all the right bacteria in the right proportions, the capsules can help reestablish balance and resolve symptoms. While it varies depending on underlying health conditions, positive results—such as better formed stool, improved appetite, and less itching.
When dogs with digestive symptoms, skin issues, or immune system problems turn out to be missing certain important gut bacteria, we need to add those missing members to the microbiome and help the new populations grow and thrive.
The Gut Restore Supplement provides a whole community of healthy dog-specific microbes. The capsule’s enteric coating prevents it from dissolving until it reaches the intestines, where the contents “seed” your dog’s gut with a diverse array of healthy bacteria, restoring any missing groups.
Where do you get the material for Gut Restore Supplements?
Our Gut Restore Supplements for dogs are derived from stool donated by healthy pet dogs that live in homes and have been carefully screened for health, age, fecal consistency, behavior, and microbiome composition (based on DNA sequencing).
Donor stool samples are submitted for parasites and pathogen screening to the Idexx Reference Laboratories, the leading veterinary diagnostics company, which has stringent quality control guidelines and well-validated standard operating procedures.
All dog donor material is regularly screened for parasites and pathogens:
- Dogs are screened for the following pathogens via PCR: Clostridium perfringens CPnetEF toxin gene, Clostridium perfringens Enterotoxin Gene, Campylobacter coli, Campylobacter jejuni, canine distemper virus, canine enteric coronavirus, canine parvovirus 2, canine circovirus, Clostridium difficile toxin A, Clostridium difficile toxin B, Cryptosporidium spp., Giardia spp., Salmonella spp.
- Dogs are screened for the following parasites via ELISA: Hookworms, Roundworms, and Whipworms
- Dogs are screened for ova and parasites using fecal floatation.
Is the supplement right for my dog?
An extremely wide range of dogs have benefited from the Gut Restore Supplement, ranging in age from 2 months to 17 years. The vast majority of dogs see improvement in their digestive issues, food allergies and intolerances, and/or skin issues.
While this supplement is natural and intended to gently repopulate the microbiome, it does contain high numbers of healthy bacteria that can be overwhelming to medically unstable dogs. If your dog is severely underweight or requires frequent hospitalization, we recommend checking with your veterinarian to see if the supplement is right for your dog.
Will this supplement help my dog?
About 80% of dogs that take the Gut Restore Supplement see a significant improvement in their symptoms. However, every dog is different, and the Gut Restore Supplement is not effective for every dog. And in some cases, it can take up to two months to start seeing an improvement.
Can I open or crush the capsules to mix the powder in with food?
We strongly recommend giving the capsules whole, because the outer capsule has an acid-resistant coating that protects the bacteria during their journey through the stomach.
Can I continue my dog's other medications or supplements?
Most medications and supplements can be continued, with two main exceptions:
(1) Bacterial probiotics (e.g., Lactobacillus, Enterococcus) should be discontinued when possible, as these bacteria compete with the dog-specific bacteria. As an alternative, the yeast probiotic, Saccharomyces boulardii, can be used because it supports dog-specific bacteria in the supplement.
(2) Antibiotics make the Gut Restore Supplement less effective. If your dog is on long-term antibiotics, talk to your veterinarian to see if you can taper down the dosing. However, some dogs improve even while taking antibiotics, so discontinuing them is not essential.
Still have questions? Please contact us. We are happy to work with you and/or your veterinarian.
I have been using this sine my Bernese was a puppy. It is my go to treatment for diarrhea. Saved her as a pup and corrects diarrhea fast. Worth every penny!
Lily, our 9 month old English Setter, came to us with constant diarrhea, and our attempts to address with medication, probiotics and food changes didn’t work. A friend recommended the DoggyBiome test and the results showed her gut microbes were out of whack. The report recommended the Gut Restore Supplement, twice a day for a month, as well as a change in her diet. The results are amazing! The diarrhea was resolved in a matter of days and her energy and comfort levels have improved significantly. The combo of the testing, food recommendations and Gut Restore Supplement has been a game changer for us - Thank You!
Our 7 year old dog could not shake persistent diarrhea and nausea after an operation and a course of antibiotics. Her guts were overrun by a bacterial infection. We needed to repopulate her guts with healthy bacteria. We had to wait for the expedited package of Animal biome, which was delayed due to bad weather during the 2022 Christmas season. We thought we would loose her. She managed to chew and puncture the first pill she got in a pill pocket - and had very bad breath the first day, haha! Then she swallowed them whole, two a day, and three days later her stools were firm and after two weeks she was back to her old energy level, running after her ball :)
Highly recommended! The products had to imported from the USA,..
My three year old Shorkie had been in and out of the vet and emery hospital over 75 times in her first two years of life due to a bleeding gut and upset GI tract. We tried numerous medications, treatments and vets all across the East Coast to help her. Doggy Biome changed out lives. After two weeks of 1 pill a day she is no longer vomiting and now has a full life. I cannot be more grateful that my vet recommended Doggy Biome.
The FMT pills helped sort out my dog's ongoing stomach issues after metronidazole from the vet made her overall worse (increased anxiety and not eating). Her stool was full of mucus, and she had dealt with diarrhea and occasional blood in her stool before the vet meds. I talked to the vet about these pills, and they said to give them a shot. I was also interested in this product to help with her anxiety. It is hard to say whether they made a huge difference considering all the other changes at the time, including taking her off her anxiety meds, but i'd like to think they helped support her brain. We also switched to completely raw food. She seems to handle new or different foods much better than she used to, struggles less when doing her business, and is generally seemingly healthier. I believe the trick is to continue to support her new gut biome through proper feeding, so it doesn't revert back to what it was. It's been over a month since we stopped the FMT pills, and she is still doing great! I highly highly recommend this product!