with Animalbiome Veterinary's Gut Health Test
Understand and treat the underlying cause of your patient's GI and dermatological issues
Diarrhea, itchy skin, and gas are all signs of an imbalanced gut microbiome in cats and dogs. Since 2016, we have tested the gut microbiome of over 30,000 cats and dogs. The results have been surprising, with up to 80% of otherwise healthy dogs showing some sign of imbalance and 1 in 3 dogs showing unhealhty levels of E. coli in their gut microbiome.
Got a difficult GI or derm patient? An AnimalBiome Veterinary Gut Microbiome Health Test could be the answer. Here’s how it works:
How It Works
Order a Gut Health Test kit.
Our Gut Microbiome Health Test are $99 MSRP (price your clients pay). Tests come in 1, 5, 10, and 20 pack options. Registered Veterinary get up to 50% off MSRP. Learn more about veterinary discounts here.
Collect a fecal sample in-clinic.
The microbiome test kit includes everything you’ll need to collect two fecal samples from your patient. Be sure to register your patient's sample and enter the six-character ID code listed the sample tubes.
Send us the sample.
Send the fecal sample to our state-of-the-art labs in Oakland, CA. The kit includes a prepaid envelope for US residents so sending the sample in is free.
We analyze the sample.
Using DNA sequencing, our scientists identify the types and proportions of all the bacteria living in your patient’s gut and compare it to our healthy reference set (one of the largest reference data sets in the world).
Receive the microbiome report.
In about two weeks, you’ll receive an email notification that your patient's test results are ready and can be accessed via our online Patient Portal. You’ll also receive personalized recommendations to improve your patient’s health.
What To Expect From Gut Microbiome Testing
Our gut microbiome test provides your practice with a snapshot of what is going on in the patient’s gut in order to effectively treat the underlying condition. If the cat or dog has digestive problems, diarrhea, itchy skin, gas, bad breath, or immune system issues, those symptoms might be related to a gut microbiome imbalance.
Find out what’s going on inside the patient's gut
Understand the patient’s unique microbial community
Using DNA sequencing, we identify all the types of bacteria living in the patient’s gut, giving you a detailed picture of the cat’s or dog’s unique gut microbiome.
If important bacteria are missing, the gut microbiome is out of balance. Identifying imbalances early allows you to make changes to the patient’s diet or lifestyle that can improve or prevent symptoms.
Modify the patient’s diet
Each gut microbiome is unique. Different pets need different dietary adjustments to support the growth of specific beneficial bacteria. Food recommendations based on the patient’s individual results will help you make simple changes that can improve their gut health and overall wellness.
Replenish missing important bacteria
A comparison of the patient’s results with the healthy reference set reveals whether the patient is missing any important bacterial groups. The absence may be a result of antibiotic use, diet, illness, or other factors.
Reduce harmful bacteria
Microbiome testing can quickly identify any problematic groups of gut bacteria. These may be pathogens that don’t belong in a healthy pet’s gut or normal members of the microbiome that have grown too numerous.
1. Monroe Town and Country Veterinary Hospital. (2022, January). A study of 55 asymptomatic dogs found that 83% had mild to severe gut microbiome imbalances. Monroe, CT.
2. AnimalBiome. (2022, April). A review of AnimalBiome data showed that 33% of dogs tested had elevated and unhealthy levels of E-coli in their gut microbiome test results. Oakland, CA.