Frequently Asked Questions
What is fecal microbiome testing and what are the benefits?
Fecal microbiome testing is the process of sequencing bacterial DNA material from a small fecal sample. We can detect all known bacteria from your dog’s stool sample and then provide you with a comprehensive report.
Testing a dog’s microbiome provides insights into their health. Then imbalances in specific gut bacteria can be addressed to help alleviate such symptoms as diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and itchy skin that may be associated with some chronic health conditions.
How do I register my sample?
Go to app.animalbiome.com to create an account, and complete your dog’s profile.
Select “Register Sample” at the top of the page. Enter the six-character ID code listed on the front of your instruction guide.
Please note that your sample must be registered in order for our scientists to complete the analysis.
Is my sample safe in the mail?
Yes, your sample is safe. The sample tubes contain a special liquid that keeps the bacteria perfectly preserved for analysis, across a very wide range of temperatures. 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 2-3 weeks after the sample arrives at our lab.
It is super easy to use, it comes with everything u need!! The results came back in under 2 weeks.
I have a pure bred Frenchie who has had issues with her ears and paw licking. We worked with a natural vet who recommended these tests and turns out she has a severely imbalanced microbiome. The information and dietary recommendations have definitely helped us manage this - her ears are better and she’s far less obsessed with licking her paws. We’ll definitely do this periodically to help get her back in balance. If only we Could get the gut restore shipped to the UK!
I have struggled with my Goldens digestive issues since he was 8 weeks old. He's almost 4 now. We have already done extensive blood work and sent off poop samples to be analyzed. The only thing that came back was a small bit of giardia and clostridium. This test showed deficiencies in good bacteria, lots of bad bacteria, and his clostridium level was quite high. He had already been on the gut renew for 7 weeks so not sure how that speaks to the bacteria findings but I did start him on a supplement that is to help combat the clostridium. I'll finish that jar and test again to see if anything changes. So far his poops have been better.
My husband's Service Dog kept getting gastritis and diarrhea. She was sick about every other month, was picky about food, I couldn't get her to eat and was so frustrated. My daughter suggested a canine nutritionist (I rolled my eyes but said it can't hurt). She suggested the Animal Biome system to see what was wrong with my Sophie. It came back she was severely overloaded on E-Coli and was sadly lacking in many beneficial bacteria. She had been on Flagyl repeatedly, which was part of the problem. After getting her review, I discussed it with the nutritionist and with the Animal Biome people and gave her Gut Restore. She will be on her 4th bottle of Gut Restore as soon as I get it. She has episodic bacteria still but has improved 1000% already. She no longer refuses to eat. We've had to give her several supplements to correct her bacteria. Sophie was not happy having to eat broccoli and green beans but hidden in ground turkey helped.
Her gut is healthy for the most part. She has kept weight on and has so much energy. She plays like a puppy.
I love this place! I'm forever grateful for the change they have made in her life. I refer them all the time.
My vet recommended doing this test and I am so glad we did. It really helped me identify what was going on with my dog. I loved the free consultation and I think my favorite part was that the vet didn't sound like they were trying to sell us on the supplements, but damn!! I am going to buy them just because of the whole experience!