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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my sample safe in the mail?
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 cat 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 cat’s health?
By seeding your cat’s microbiome with all the right bacteria in the right proportions, the capsules can help reestablish balance and resolve symptoms. When cats 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 cat-specific microbes. The capsule’s enteric coating prevents it from dissolving until it reaches the intestines, where the contents “seed” your cat’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 cats are derived from stool donated by healthy pet cats 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 parasite 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 cat donor material is regularly screened for parasites and pathogens:
- Cats are screened for the following pathogens via PCR: Clostridium perfringens Enterotoxin Gene, Feline coronavirus, Tritrichomonas foetus, Campylobacter coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Feline panleukopenia virus, Clostridium perfringens Alpha Toxin, Cryptosporidium, Salmonella spp, Toxoplasma gondii, Giardia
- Cats are screened for the following parasites via ELISA: Giardia, Hookworms, Whipworms, Roundworms
- Cats are screened for ova and parasites using fecal flotation.
I had hopes that this would help my girl and it still might but currently she’s still vomiting once a week. I think your company is amazing and believe the science behind it. I’ve done every test possible on her except an endoscopy and biopsy. Nothing really shows up in the tests so thought with her biome being out of balance I might see improvement by now. Not giving up but a bit disappointed it hasn’t helped yet. Keep up the good work. Many dogs probably do benefit from this treatment.
My poor dog was miserable with chronic diarrhea and episodes of vomiting. She had gotten sick and then not only never completely recovered, but her stool issues kept getting worse. The Gut Restore System has worked wonderfully! After literally months of problems her stools are normal and she's comfortable. This product may have actually saved her life. I cannot thank you enough!
My doggy was experiencing hot spots and the 30 day gut starter kit was all he needed to get him healthy again. Thank you AnimalBiome for the service and the amazing customer service throughout the process!
DoggyBiome™ Gut Health Starter Pack
DoggyBiome™ Gut Health Starter Pack