|A double-blind triple cross-over study was performed in six healthy rabbits orally administered two probiotic strains, Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC Sc47 and E. faecium NCIMB 30183. Levels of bacteria in faecal pellets were subsequently determined by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction.
Oral administration of probiotic E. faecium NCIMB 30183 was associated with a significant (Pâ€‰=â€‰0â€‰Â·â€‰042) increase in faecal levels of E. faecium.
However, probiotic treatment did not affect faecal levels of Bacteroides species, F. succinogenes or C. spiroforme, bodyweight, or faecal weight and diameter.
The inclusion of dietary probiotic supplementation using E. faecium NCIMB 30183 can increase faecal levels of certain bacterial flora of healthy adult rabbits.
Further work is required to investigate the effects of probiotics in animals affected with gastrointestinal disease.
Source: Benato, L., Hastie, P., O`Shaughnessy, P., Murray, J.-A. and Meredith, A. (2014), Effects of probiotic Enterococcus faecium and Saccharomyces cerevisiae on the faecal microflora of pet rabbits. Journal of Small Animal Practice. doi: 10.1111/jsap.12242
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