Frequently Asked Questions
Is my sample safe in the mail?
Yes, your sample is safe. The provided tubes contain a special liquid that keeps the bacteria perfectly preserved for analysis, across a very wide range of temperatures.
How long will my sample keep in the tube?
Once inside the tube, the sample is safe for several months.
When will I receive my results?
You can expect to receive your results about 2 weeks after the sample arrives at the AnimalBiome lab.
What is a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT)?
A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), also called fecal transplant, is the transfer of stool from a healthy donor to the GI tract of a sick recipient. The stool from the donor contains a diverse, well-functioning community of bacteria that take up residence in the recipient’s gut. FMT is the best known approach for restoring a balanced gut microbiome and has proven to be an effective treatment in both humans and companion animals.
FMT has been used for hundreds of years in veterinary medicine and for over a thousand years in human medicine. Though modern regulatory entities like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are still determining how to classify it, FMT continues to demonstrate beneficial results for a growing list of human health conditions. For example, FMT is routinely used to treat Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infections. And it provides a promising solution for the low gut bacterial diversity associated with Crohn’s disease (a form of IBD).
What are Gut Restore/FMT capsules (poop pills)?
An FMT can be delivered via colonoscopy or enema, but for cats and dogs, those procedures generally require sedation. Our Gut Restore Supplement is an oral FMT capsule that gives your dog the benefits of FMT without the need for surgery or sedation. Containing a proprietary mixture of carefully screened, cryoprotected, freeze-dried donor stool, the Gut Restore capsules (aka “poop pills”) offer a noninvasive, affordable, at-home alternative for pets suffering from digestive, skin, or immune system issues.
How can the Gut Restore Supplement improve my dog’s health?
By seeding your dog’s microbiome with all the right bacteria in the right proportions, the capsules can help reestablish balance and resolve symptoms. When dogs with digestive symptoms, skin issues, or immune system problems turn out to be missing certain important gut bacteria, we need to add those missing members to the microbiome and help the new populations grow and thrive.
The Gut Restore Supplement provides a whole community of healthy dog-specific microbes. The capsule’s enteric coating prevents it from dissolving until it reaches the intestines, where the contents “seed” your dog’s gut with a diverse array of healthy bacteria, restoring any missing groups.
Where do you get the material for Gut Restore Supplements?
Our Gut Restore Supplements for dogs are derived from stool donated by healthy pet dogs that live in homes and have been carefully screened for health, age, fecal consistency, behavior, and microbiome composition (based on DNA sequencing).
Donor stool samples are submitted for parasites and pathogen screening to the Idexx Reference Laboratories, the leading veterinary diagnostics company, which has stringent quality control guidelines and well-validated standard operating procedures.
All dog donor material is regularly screened for parasites and pathogens:
- Dogs are screened for the following pathogens via PCR: Clostridium perfringens CPnetEF toxin gene, Clostridium perfringens Enterotoxin Gene, Campylobacter coli, Campylobacter jejuni, canine distemper virus, canine enteric coronavirus, canine parvovirus 2, canine circovirus, Clostridium difficile toxin A, Clostridium difficile toxin B, Cryptosporidium spp., Giardia spp., Salmonella spp.
- Dogs are screened for the following parasites via ELISA: Hookworms, Roundworms, and Whipworms
- Dogs are screened for ova and parasites using fecal floatation.
I have two dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I have them both on the Gut Restore. I am slowly seeing positive changes. I know that this is a marathon not a race as both of my dogs are on long term antibiotic use. The customer service has been amazing! I communicate through email and always get a quick response. They are very helpful. I couldn't be happier as I continue this journey towards health for my two dogs. Thank you Animal Biome!
The supplement (what I could get into my dog) did work. He is doing so much better. I did not know what to do with the test results, but I felt devastatec seeing that he was missing quite a bit of bacteria in his gut. The team was fantastic answering all the questions I had. I highly recommend this product, although I thought it was pricey.
My dog started itching after her last puppy shot and it continued for 6 years. Yeasts and mites and rashes. We used deep homeopathic treatment and acupunture and raw food as well as probiotic goat milk
Though it all helped within 1 week of the Animal biome pills things started to improve!
I am so thankful and so sad that vaccines are not being monitored for young creatures that have potinial to cause such suffering and messing up generations of animals
My darling dog now has a chance to complete her healing it is so wonderful!
Thank you so much team!!
Animal biome is the best. I'm so happy about the test and the results. I will recommend to everyone. Debbie Sullivan
Our boxer has had gut issues since we got her at 8 weeks. The last year or so we have been working with the Animal Biome company. We have tested 3 times and her gut gets better each time. Not to mention since the 1st couple of days we had her on the pills, we had solid stool. Something we have only seen on occasion prior to this system. AnimalBiome staff are amazing and have assisted us with all of our questions.