Frequently Asked Questions
What is MBRT?
MBRT stands for micro-biome restorative therapy. The treatment is also known as fecal transfer/transplantation therapy and fecal microbiota therapy (FMT). This therapy is used to treat various digestive and immune-related ailments by transplanting a healthy micro-biome into the guts of a sick animal using the stool of a healthy animal.
Is it safe? What are the risks?
There have been no casualties caused by MBRT. As long as the stool sample is from a healthy animal (no parasites) that has been eating a preferably raw diet and has minimal vaccinations and medication, there is very little to no risk.
How is it done? How often is the treatment given?
The treatment can be performed orally and/or rectally for pets. The patient could ingest the stool or is given a fecal enema. Some patients feel better after one treatment, while others need repeated treatments (as often as once a week).
Does it work?
There have been proven studies for human patients that say that MBRT does work for gastrointestinal diseases. The first randomized clinical trial, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, had such a high success rate of treating difficult Clostridium difficile infections that the study was stopped because withholding the treatment from the control group was unethical. Currently, there has been no studies done for pets, but there have been a lot of successful cases at Main St. Animal Services of Hopkinton.