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Amend Pet and Association of Shelter Veterinarians partner to increase access to Fecal Microbiota Transplant for shelter pets
This proven treatment for diarrhea in these pets has previously been too labor intensive and costly for veterinarians to widely use
Amend Pet, a microbiome solutions company, has teamed up with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) to offer ASV members affordable, easy-to-administer Fecal Microbiota Transplant Therapy (FMT), a proven treatment for recurrent diarrhea in pets, and microbiome testing to assess dogs for dysbiosis.
"We are excited to support ASV veterinarians who maximize limited resources to provide a vital service for countless animals," said Mike Goonewardene, CEO of Amend Pet, in a company release.1 "Now ASV members have low cost access to this important treatment."
"At ASV our job is to provide members with the resources they need to improve and save the lives of more animals in need,” added ASV executive director Tom Van Winkle. "Our partnership with Amend Pet opens the door to innovative products and services in a vital area of care, digestive health, for animals residing in shelters across the country".
As part of the partnership, ASV members will have discounted access to Amend Pet's FMT preparation device and testing tools, plus complimentary access to Amend Pet's RACE-approved continuing education courses in ever-changing field of canine microbiome health.
The gut microbiome is key to animal health and can easily be disrupted in shelter pets who experience high levels of stress and often arrive with a medical history, which often results in often acute and chronic diarrhea.1 Broad spectrum antibiotics for treating diarrhea can further disturb gut microbiome health, causing a recurrent cycle of illness with devastating outcomes for patients and providers.
FMT leverages the microbiome of healthy pet donors to replenish the gut microbiome of pets with diarrhea. In the past, it's consisted of significant preparation burden for staff and high procedure costs for shelters through invasive specialty treatments like enema and colonoscopy. Amend Pet's FMT capsule device and testing solution enables veterinarians to prepare multiple transplant regimens in 5-10 minutes in their own facility from pet donors they know and trust.1
Amend Pet and Association of Shelter Veterinarians partner to expand access to Fecal Microbiota Transplant for treating diarrhea in shelter pets. News release. Amend Pet. May 10, 2023. Accessed May 10, 2023. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/amend-pet-and-association-of-shelter-veterinarians-partner-to-expand-access-to-fecal-microbiota-transplant-for-treating-diarrhea-in-shelter-pets-301820652.html