Could your Patients’ Micro Biome Health be affecting your Rehabilitation?

by | Mar 5, 2019 | General Veterinary Rehabilitation

written by Dr. Margo Roman, DVM, CVA, COT, CPT

When we treat our patients holistically – as we should – we take into consideration not only their physical health, but their mental health and stamina, too. We need to consider all aspects of the environment that may adversely affect a patient’s health and wellbeing, including the micro biome.

The micro biome forms an integral part of the immune system, and has gained increasing attention in both human and veterinary medicine in recent years. Research has shown that 75-80% of our immune system is located in the gut, making a diverse, symbiotic, balanced micro biome essential to the health, healing and recovery of our patients.

Humans have over 100 trillion microbes in their gut, and the numbers are similar for animals. With the extensive use of microbe-damaging treatments such as antibiotics, NSAIDs and opiates, and exposure to pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals, the micro biome of the animal you’re treating may not be in any condition to promote healing.

Micro biome restorative therapy (MBRT) strengthens the whole body by restoring the micro biome of the gut. Veterinarians have been using fecal transplants in cattle and pigs for many years, but until now there has been no protocol for small animals. The practice is increasingly viewed as an integral component of veterinary healthcare and is used extensively in the US, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Israel and Japan. At our clinic in Hopkinton, New England, we’ve conducted over 7000 MBRT treatments – see

The success of MBRT is dependent on three components:

  1. The quality of the donor. Donors should be as healthy as possible, having had no exposure to antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, etc., and raised on an organic, raw diet. Our donor family of standard poodles has been raised organically and holistically for 25 years and five generations.
  2. Prepping of the gut terrain to allow good transfer from donor to recipient. We support the gut through the addition of nutraceuticals that nurture the gut by adding probiotics, digestive enzymes and colostrum. We place the recipient on a similar diet to that of the donor, addressing any additional dietary needs that a specific patient may have.
  3. The use of medical ozone therapy. Ozone helps reduce the biofilm of the gut, creating a location for the new symbiotic donor microbes to establish themselves in the colon. Ozone stimulates the mitochondria of stem cells which occur in the columnar colon cells, thus strengthening the colon.

The clinical effects and results achieved with successful MBRT treatment are exciting. We’re seeing old animals with a renewed zest for life; dogs that seem to be on their way out suddenly exhibit a desire to play and interact with the family again. Terminal cancer patients have had their lives extended by years. MBRT is a natural, simple treatment that increases the animal’s strength and leads to improved overall health and wellbeing. In our view, it is an integral part of a good healthcare system.

To hear Dr Margo Roman chat about ozone therapy and MBRT, click here to listen to The Vet Rehab podcast where she is Dr. Megan Kelly’s Guest.

For examples of cases that have benefitted from MBRT and ozone therapy, visit

From Onlinepethealth: 

 As Vetrehabbers, we are constantly striving to see our patients as a whole. Knowledge about therapies such as ozone therapy and MBRT can help us to advise our clients well. As Dr Lisa Mason says in Podcast Episode 139, “I often tell myself that I would like to only treat musculoskeletal conditions, and when this thought crosses my mind I remind myself that I am a pain practitioner, and I must be able to recognise pain as well as it’s origin, no matter what that origin might be.”  


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