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Role of the gastrointestinal microbiota in small animal health and disease
  1. Alana Redfern, DVM, MSc1,
  2. Jan Suchodolski, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF, DACVIM2 and
  3. Albert Jergens, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM3
  1. 1 Department of Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City, New York, USA
  2. 2 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
  3. 3 Department of Small Animal Internal Medicine, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa, USA
  1. E-mail for correspondence; alanaredfern{at}


There is a large and emerging interest in the role of the gastrointestinal microbiota in health and disease. This paper serves to review the current knowledge and recommendations of the gastrointestinal microbiota in health and gastrointestinal disease. Further, this review evaluates the current literature and suggests guidelines for faecal microbial transplantation, a novel therapy for dysbiosis in veterinary medicine.

  • dysbiosis
  • fecal microbial transplantation
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • probiotics
  • diarrhea
  • microbiota

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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