Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is a well-established treatment approach that has been used effectively in both humans and animals. An FMT is the transfer of stool, which contains healthy functioning microbes and the byproducts of fermentation, from a healthy donor to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of an ill recipient. That transfer can be done in clinic (via colonoscopy, retention enema, or endoscopy) or with enteric-protected oral capsules. The diverse and well-functioning community of microbes from the donor material take up residence in the recipient’s gut.
By providing a complete set of native healthy, species-specific gut microbes, FMT can resolve a variety of symptoms associated with imbalance or dysbiosis of the gut microbiome—including digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), skin problems like atopic dermatitis, and various immune system issues.1–4
FMT is the best known approach for restoring balance in a gut microbiome and has proven to be an effective treatment in both humans and companion animals.5,6