Joey is a 14 year old female Cocker Spaniel. She is a wonderful little lady who is being treated by our internal medicine department for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Joey wasn’t responding well to conventional medical treatments for IBD, so we decided to give a fecal transplant a try.

Fecal microbiota transplantation is becoming a popular and very effective method for treating humans with Clostridium difficile infection. It is being used more in veterinary medicine for similar GI diseases. In order to perform a fecal transplant, a donor in good health needs to be provided. That’s where Barley comes in.

Barley belongs to a wonderful technician at Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, and is a favorite around our hospitals. He donated the fecal sample that was used for Joey’s fecal transplant. Thank you Barley for sharing and helping Joey out!