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Disruption of Hindgut Flora

What causes disruption of hindgut flora?

There are a number of factors which can influence the balance of beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in the gut.  These include:

  • High cereal diet
  • Low forage diet
  • Stress
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Transport
  • NSAID (a type of painkiller such as bute) use
  • Antibiotic use
  • Weaning
  • Management changes
Visual representation of hindgut disturbance

Effects of microflora disruption

An imbalance of gut flora caused by too few beneficial bacteria and an overgrowth of bad bacteria is known as dysbiosis.

Dysbiosis can cause a decrease in pH within the gut and subsequent inflammation of the gut leading to clinical problems such as:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Colonic ulceration
  • Poor body condition
  • Poor performance
  • Low grade colic
  • Behavioural changes
Flow chart showing hindgut disturbance

Healthy gut flora (beneficial bacteria) are fundamental for good fibre digestion.