FMT vs Probiotics
Fecal microbiome treatment (FMT) treatment is a process that involves transferring the microbiome from a healthy Dog donor to a recipient Dog's gastrointestinal tract to restore a healthy balance of gut bacteria. With FMT, the recipient Dog is able to colonize the healthy microbiome within their own gut providing protection against disease progression and reversing many symptoms. Probiotics, on the other hand, are ingested to improve gut health and treat certain conditions but as they don't colonize the gut, they need to be taken daily to maintain the health benefits.
The benefits of FMT over probiotics include:
1. Greater efficacy: FMT has been shown to be more effective than probiotics in treating certain conditions such as recurrent Clostridioides difficile infections (CDI), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
2. Long-lasting effects: FMT has been shown to have long-lasting effects, with some studies suggesting that a single treatment can lead to sustained improvements in gut health. Probiotics, on the other hand, may require ongoing supplementation to maintain their benefits.
3. Potential for treating a wider range of conditions: While probiotics are primarily used to treat gut-related conditions, FMT has shown promise in treating a wider range of conditions such as metabolic disorders, neurological disorders, and autoimmune diseases.
Overall, while probiotics can be a useful tool in promoting gut health, FMT offers a more targeted and effective Dog treatment option for many conditions.