Microbiome Restorative Therapy (MBRT) for your dog’s health

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A balanced microbiome is vital for your pup’s health and well-being.

It’s responsible for 80% of your dog’s immune system, contributes to their metabolism and regulates their behaviour.

Probiotics and prebiotics can support a healthy microbiome, but if your pup experiences a chronic imbalance (dysbiosis), Microbiome Restorative Therapy might be the answer you’re looking for.

Let’s get right into the guts of the matter.

What is Microbiome Restorative Therapy?

You may have heard the buzz on faecal microbiome transplants (FMT) or bacteriotherapy, for multiple health benefits in humans. This is when faecal matter from a healthy person is transferred into the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of an ailing patient to re-introduce healthy bacteria to their system.

Yes, you heard us right — a poop transplant!

It sounds a bit odd, we know, but studies show that it is an effective and inexpensive treatment for GI diseases.

MBRT is a veterinary method used to restore balance to the entire microbiome system and can include FMT. It was pioneered by Boston-based veterinarian, Dr. Margo Roman and can be administered through a capsule or a rectal enema, which is often more effective.

MBRT can also transfer other benefits, like:

  • Improved skin

  • Healthier coat

  • Healthier gums and teeth

Does my dog need MBRT?

Antibiotics play an important role in veterinary medicine, especially when you consider how prone our pups are to infections — cue collective nodding from all pupper parents!

Unfortunately, antibiotics don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria, which can lead to more problems. Many pups and their parents have had their microbiome damaged by the overuse of antibiotics, NSAIDs and other antimicrobials, pesticides, herbicides and chemicals.

Lyka’s balanced, whole-food meals contain prebiotics and probiotics to support the natural balance of good bacteria in your dog’s GI tract. When your pup has a diverse and healthy gut microbiome, they can absorb all the vital nutrients from their food efficiently.

Without a balanced microbiome, dogs may experience chronic issues with constipation or diarrhoea, IBD, pancreatitis, allergies or other diseases and may need medical treatment, like MBRT.

If you’re concerned about your dog’s health and want to consider an MBRT plan, the first port of call should be with your holistic vet. They can test a faecal sample, get a clearer understanding of their microbiome and advise you on the next steps.

The merits of MBRT for your pup

Health and happiness are more than just gut feelings, they’re gut functions!

We know there is a direct link between the digestive and nervous systems — known as the gut-brain axis. This is why MBRT can have positive effects on behaviour as well as physical healing, according to some practitioners.

Our own in-house Integrative Veterinarian, Dr. Matthew Muir notes:

“I am obsessed with the microbiome and how it impacts health. In my clinic, I have used MBRT including faecal microbiome transplants in selected chronic gastrointestinal and skin allergy patients. I am confident that over the next few years we will be using this treatment for some cancer, anxiety and liver disease cases, with probably even more applications.”

In one case study, a beautiful Boxer named Layla had developed severe diarrhoea and vomiting. She had been prescribed antibiotics, antacids, probiotics and prescription diets, but nothing helped. Layla trialled oral gut restoration capsules for MBRT and her gut health saw a positive change!

Lyka: packed with essential nutrients for good guts

The importance of your pupper’s microbiome can’t be underestimated — it affects every part of their body, from the digestive system to skin and coat, and even their behaviour and well-being.

Make sure they’re chowing down on a complete and balanced diet that contains all the right ingredients for good gut health: high-quality, bioavailable proteins, minerals and omega-3s.

Our six drool-worthy recipes, single protein treats and whole food supplements are packed full of everything your pupper needs for tip-top health from the inside out.

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