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Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition
Year : 2008, Volume : 25, Issue : 3
First page : ( 288) Last page : ( 292)
Print ISSN : 0970-3209. Online ISSN : 2231-6744.

Prevention of Antibiotic- Induced Diarrhoea in Dogs

Ranasinghe JGSa, Ramasingfae ARAHb, Samitha Sc

aDepartment of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Post graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

bGovernment Veterinary Surgeon's Office, Warakapola, Sri Lanka

cDepartment of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Abstract

The effects of yoghurt on doxycycline-induced diarrhoea in dogs were evaluated at a veterinary clinic in Kegalle district during a period of six months from January to June 2006. Dogs admitted to the veterinary climes with bacterial infection other than diarrohea were randomly assigned to two groups, non fermented milk (nfm n=42) and fermented milk (fm group, n=42). During the treatment period, each group received doxycycline 10mg/kg orally once daily for five days. Two milk products were introduced to dogs in both groups by the owners during the treatment period, a standard yoghurt (100g/d) with the traditional yogurt cultures i.e. Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilics to the fermented milk group and a nonfermented milk products to the other group (100g/d) for 5 days. The percentage of diarrhoea in the group given fermented milk was 21.43 compared to the group heated with non-fermented milk 71.43. One tail probability for the Fisher's Exact Test was p<0.01. This clearly suggests that the live yoghurt treatment is effective in controling doxycycline-induced diarrhoea in dogs.

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Keywords

Doxycycline, Diarrhoea, Fermented milk, Dogs, Prebiotics.

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