Effects of probiotic bacteria in dogs with food responsive diarrhoea treated with an elimination diet

J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2006 Aug;90(7-8):269-77. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0396.2005.00595.x.


We evaluated whether a probiotic supplementation in dogs with food responsive diarrhoea (FRD) has beneficial effects on intestinal cytokine patterns and on microbiota. Twenty-one client-owned dogs with FRD were presented for clinically needed duodeno- and colonoscopy and were enrolled in a prospective placebo (PL)-controlled probiotic trial. Intestinal tissue samples and faeces were collected during endoscopy. Intestinal mRNA abundance of interleukin (IL)-5, -10, -12p40 and -13, tumour necrosis factor-alpha, transforming growth factor-beta1 and interferon (IFN)-gamma were analysed and numbers of Lactobacillus spp., Bifidobacterium spp., Enterococcus spp. and Enterobacteriaceae and supplemented probiotic bacteria were determined in faeces. The Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease Activity Index, a scoring system comprising general attitude, appetite, faecal consistency, defecation frequency, and vomitus, decreased in all dogs (p < 0.0001). Duodenal IL-10 mRNA levels decreased (p = 0.1) and colonic IFN-gamma mRNA levels increased (p = 0.08) after probiotic treatment. Numbers of Enterobacteriaceae decreased in FRD dogs receiving probiotic cocktail (FRD(PC)) and FRD dogs fed PL (FRD(PL)) during treatment (p < 0.05), numbers of Lactobacillus spp. increased in FRD(PC after) when compared with FRD(PC before) (p < 0.1). One strain of PC was detected in five of eight FRD(PC) dogs after probiotic supplementation. In conclusion, all dogs clinically improved after treatment, but cytokine patterns were not associated with the clinical features irrespective of the dietary supplementation.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Animals
  • Bifidobacterium / growth & development
  • Colon / immunology
  • Colon / microbiology*
  • Colon / pathology
  • Cytokines / biosynthesis*
  • Diarrhea / drug therapy
  • Diarrhea / microbiology
  • Diarrhea / pathology
  • Diarrhea / veterinary*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Dog Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Dog Diseases / microbiology
  • Dog Diseases / pathology
  • Dogs
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Duodenum / immunology
  • Duodenum / microbiology*
  • Duodenum / pathology
  • Enterobacteriaceae / growth & development
  • Enterococcus / growth & development
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Female
  • Food Hypersensitivity / drug therapy
  • Food Hypersensitivity / microbiology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / pathology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / veterinary
  • Lactobacillus / growth & development
  • Male
  • Probiotics*
  • Prospective Studies
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Cytokines
  • RNA, Messenger