Effects of a synbiotic on fecal quality, short-chain fatty acid concentrations, and the microbiome of healthy sled dogs

@inproceedings{Gagn2013EffectsOA,
  title={Effects of a synbiotic on fecal quality, short-chain fatty acid concentrations, and the microbiome of healthy sled dogs},
  author={Jason W Gagn{\'e} and Joseph J Wakshlag and Kenneth W. Simpson and Scot E. Dowd and Shalini Latchman and Dawn A Brown and Kit Brown and Kelly S. Swanson and George C. Fahey},
  booktitle={BMC veterinary research},
  year={2013}
}
BACKGROUND Sled dogs commonly suffer from diarrhea. Although multiple etiologies exist there are limited field studies using synbiotics as a supplement to prevent or treat diarrhea. The objective of this study was to examine alterations in fecal quality, short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), and the fecal microbiome in two groups of training sled dogs fed a synbiotic or microcrystalline cellulose placebo. Twenty clinically healthy training sled dogs randomized into two cohorts (9 synbiotic-fed, 8… CONTINUE READING
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