The aim of this study was to show the effects of Florivit® on some selected blood and faeces parameters of dogs and cats.
For this purpose 12 healthy beagle dogs and 10 healthy cats from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna were randomly divided into two groups. To test the effects of Florivit® the trial was arranged as a cross-over study including two periods. From the supplement Florivit®, composed of the dried plants Yucca schidigera and Stevia rebaudiana, 0,2 % of the dry matter were added to the respective rations. The analysed parameters in blood were glucose, triglyceride, cholesterol, urea, ammonia and biogenic amines and in faeces ammonia, pH-value and biogenic amines. The duration of this study was 3 weeks per period. In the dogs trial there was a change of the treatment (period) without a break at day 21. In the cats trial there was 1 week break between the periods. In the dogs trial the blood samples were collected at day 0 (fasting) and day 1, 21 and 42 one hour after feeding, in the cats trial per period at day 1 and 21 before and one hour after feeding. Faeces samples were collected weekly.
In the used application rate the supplement Florivit® did not cause any significant reductions of the parameters glucose, triglyceride, cholesterol, urea and ammonia in the blood samples. There were no significant effects on faeces parameters of dogs and cats as well, except spermidin. In dogs´ faeces in both groups spermidin was significantly lower when Florivit® was supplemented.
Biogenic amines could not be detected in the blood of the tested subjects.