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.
Two of my special needs cats have had microbiome transplants and their quality of life is immeasurably better.
My older tomcat has IBD and used to have horrible vomiting bouts that required trips to the vet for rehydration. He has had two rounds of microbiome treatment in the last three years and he is in perfect health, according to his vet. There's no more vomiting, stomach upset, lethargy, or other IBD symptoms.
My younger cat came to me with an eosinophilic inflammatory skin diseases and suspected allergies to nearly every food on the planet. One round of microbiome treatment and his condition is GONE. His vet was astounded by how supple and healthy his skin and coat are. He still has a sensitivity to salmon so as long as we avoid that he's in perfect health.
Thank you for being miracle workers. :)
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.
KittyBiome: Gut Restore System with Gut Health Tests (60 Capsules)
This probiotic is AMAZING!! My cat has been fighting eye ulcers from herpes outbreaks for over a year and this probiotic stopped them within a few weeks. The team has been SO helpful and spoke with me on the phone to explain my cat's test results and give me a plan going forward to help him continue to stay healthy. I would recommend the test and probiotic to anyone and everyone having issues with their kitty!