Diarrhea in dogs is a common reason for consulting the veterinarian. Possible infectious triggers are viruses, bacteria and parasites.
The compound of the present study is a mixture of ground and dried carrots (Daucus carota ssp. sativa) , activated plant charcoal (Carbo lignis), dry extract of oregano (Extractum Herba Origani (O.vulgare)) and oregano essential oil (Aetheroleum Herba Origani (O.onites)) with a flavour additive based on poultry meat meal.
It was already in 1908 when Professor Ernst Moro applied carrot soup for children suffering from diarrhea. In recent years many studies were published investigating the usage of carrot formulations for diarrhea prevention in farm animals. Carbohydrates of the plant, so called oligogalacturonic acids, are capable of discharging antigens by receptor binding. The medical benefit of activated charcoal consists of adhesion of toxic substrates in the gastrointestinal tract before being absorbed. The usage and efficiency of activated plant charcoal in veterinary medicine has already been confirmed. The antimicrobial and antioxidant effects of oregano should complement the mixture of the compound usefully.
The aim of the present study was to clarify the acceptance of three different dosages of a supplement containing carrot, activated charcoal, oregano extract and oregano essential oil in an acceptance trial in dogs.