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Probiotic Shows Promise in Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the most common cause of chronic vomiting and diarrhea in cats. Current treatments, such as diet manipulation, antibiotics, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs, often fail and can sometimes cause adverse side effects. Scientists at Colorado State University are looking at a novel probiotic to treat IBD. Probiotics are a nonprescription, natural product composed of the beneficial bacteria normally found within the intestinal tract.

Researcher have already collected and frozen fecal samples taken from cats before and after probiotic treatment and are now examining gastrointestinal biopsies taken from cats treated with probiotics. Results on the probiotic-only cats are expected later this year. Study enrollment has been tremendous, and case accrual is nearing completion. After this study was featured in Cat Fancy magazine, the researchers received inquiries from all over the country from owners eager to enroll their cats for treatment. In response, the researchers created a separate study group of cats with chronic diarrhea; owners were supplied with probiotics and, in return, filled out a questionnaire that will generate additional data. Although this project focuses on helping cats, IBD is also one of the most common causes of chronic diarrhea in dogs, so scientists expect that their findings will also be relevant to canine health.

Posted by MAFon October 15, 2010.

Categories: Cat diseases, Cat health, Feline health


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