There are two ways to give a fecal transplant to a pet: orally or rectally.
Both procedures should first be consulted with a professional and should be done with one for the first rectal transplant. Also, each species should receive the stool of its own species. Ideally, the donated stool should come from a source which has been on a raw diet with minimal vaccinations and medications (click here for an example). Lastly, the pet receiving the transplant must discontinue certain medications (i.e. NSAIDS and antibiotics) and has been eating, for at least a week or two, a raw diet with nutritional supplements.
Most pets (especially dogs) will consume an acceptable stool sample from another animal without too much difficulty. If needed, the sample can be mixed with some raw ground meat. Also, the fecal can be mixed with water then placed into capsules.
- Open the pet’s mouth and insert the treatment into the back of the throat. Make sure the pet swallows.
- Afterwards, feed the pet some treats, preferably natural and unprocessed (e.g. freeze-dried treats).
If the pet refuses to eat:
- The sample can be mixed with water or broth, and then placed into a syringe.
- Place the syringe into the back of the throat and squirt the mixture in.
There are two ways to mix the fecal sample in preparation of the enema. The blender method is a preferable method to create the fecal enema. A catheter and syringes are needed for the rectal treatment.
Method 1: The Cup Method
- Take 3 cups.
- Take 1 cup and pierce the bottom to create a sieve.
- Place a stool piece into the un-pierced cup and mix the stool with some saline and stir well with a tongue depressor, making the mixture slurry.
- Place the pierced cup into the third empty cup and pour the mixture into those cups .
- Use the tongue depressor to stir deeply to allow the fluid to filter through the sieve. A small metal screen strainer can be used.
Method 2: The Blender Method
To make the fecal enema:
(Check the videos below for additional guidance)
- Once the fecal mixture is created, place the sample into a syringe with some air behind (in order to clear any solid pieces from the catheter).
- Before the fecal enema can be given, a syringe of ozone (a mixture of O3 and O2) is given through a catheter, which is lubricated with natural lubricants such as aloe gel, into the colon to remove any biofilm. By reducing the biofilm with O3 as well as bringing more O2 into the body, the success of the fecal transfer will go up.
- Remove the catheter and tuck the tail in to prevent any leakage for 5 minutes. Rinse the catheter.
- Wait for around 15 minutes after the rectal ozone insufflations. The pet can be let out to pee/poop during this time.
- Place the catheter into the colon and attach the syringe.
- Push the fecal enema into the colon and then pull out the catheter when finished, while tucking the tail in for 5 minutes so there is no leakage.
- Meanwhile, massage the pet’s abdomen so that the enema can make its way into the descending colon.
- Do not allow the pet to defecate for at least an hour or more in order for the treatment to be effective.
- Dispose the syringe and catheter, or clean and save them for the next MBRT for that same pet.