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Commentary on key aspects of fecal microbiota transplantation in small animal practice.

  • Author(s): Chaitman, Jennifer
  • Jergens, Albert E
  • Gaschen, Frederic
  • Garcia-Mazcorro, Jose F
  • Marks, Stanley L
  • Marroquin-Cardona, Alicia G
  • Richter, Keith
  • Rossi, Giacomo
  • Suchodolski, Jan S
  • Weese, J Scott
  • et al.

The gastrointestinal tract of dogs, cats, and other mammals including humans harbors millions of beneficial microorganisms that regulate and maintain health. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a procedure involving the administration of a fecal infusion from a healthy individual (donor) to a patient with disease to help improve health. Despite the effectiveness of FMT to treat intestinal disorders in humans, in particular recurrent Clostridium difficile infection, there is a paucity of scientific data regarding the application of FMT in veterinary patients. Here, we outline key aspects of FMT in small animal practice.

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