Nutritional Articles

Evaluation of a host-specific Lactobacillus probiotic in neonatal foals.

Published: 2004-10-18

Brief content of the article
The authors conducted a randomized, placebo controlled, double blind clinical trial on 54 neonatal foals to examine the effect and safety of a host-specific probiotic preparation. Comparisons between the control and treatment group were made for increase in body weight, the frequency of diarrhea, the composition of intestinal microflora, and the levels of short-chain fatty acids in the feces. The authors observed that probiotic supplementation lead to an increase in body weight in 1-month-old foals and a lower incidence of diarrhea at 3 weeks of age was observed. The authors did not observe a significant difference between the fecal bacterial population in the two groups, although a trend towards earlier colonisation of Lactobacillus in the treated foals was seen.
Keywords: probiotic; foals; gastrointestinal disease; microbial fermentation; VFA.

Reference
Yuyama,T., Yusa, S., Takai-S, Tsubaki S., Kado, Y., Morotomi, M.2004. Evaluation of a host-specific Lactobacillus probiotic in neonatal foals. Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary-Medicine 2: 26-33.

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