One cat’s poop is another cat’s medicine

on December 14, 2018

Poop pills: They sound gross, but a company in Oakland uses poop from healthy household animals to create fecal transplant pills that have an 84 percent success rate treating some difficult pet digestive issues. The company is Animal Biome, founded by Holly “The Poop Lady” Ganz, and their work is based on the science of gut microbiomes. By studying what’s in the guts of cats and other creatures, Ganz’s team has created a supplement that can help replace important bacteria and other microorganisms that are missing from the guts of sick animals.

In this video, reporter Sarah Trent follows her own cat through the process of getting his gut microbiome tested to learn about the science behind this supplement and how poop pills are made.

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