Oral Microbiome Health Test Usage Instructions

For Cats

AnimalBiome Veterinary Oral Microbiome Health Tests are sold by veterinarians to analyze the bacteria in your cat’s mouth and assess their oral health. Each test contains all the supplies needed to collect and mail in your sample.

Product Overview

Our Oral Microbiome Health Test analyzes the bacteria in the cat’s mouth to assess their oral health. Poor oral health can cause bad breath, gum disease, tooth loss, and other health issues.

Testing Instructions

Collect samples first thing in the morning, before your cat has anything to eat. In order to collect your cat’s sample, you will need the contents of the test kit box.


Put on the gloves; then, uncap the tube.


Open the tube containing a sterile swab. Find your cat’s gumline—this is where the teeth and gums meet.


Brush the swab along the entire outer top portion of the gumline. Then, brush along the entire outer bottom portion of the gumline. Swab back and forth along the entire outer gumline for 60 seconds.


Place the swab back into the tube and securely cap it. Then place the tube into the return mailer and promptly mail it back to AnimalBiome.


Notify your veterinarian once the test has been completed and provide them with the sample ID.


Veterinarians must create an account and complete the cat’s profile in the Patient Portal. Then, select “Register Sample” at the top of the page. Enter the six-character ID code listed on the sample tube.

In order for our scientists to complete the analysis, you must register your sample.

Once we receive your cat’s sample, we will send your veterinarian a confirmation email. You will receive your results two to four weeks after your sample arrives at the AnimalBiome lab. Review it with your veterinarian.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to collect a sample from my cat? 

The best time to collect a sample is first thing in the morning, before feeding your cat. Food particles can contaminate the sample and make the results less accurate.

What if I can’t swab my cat’s mouth for 60 seconds?

It’s important to swab your cat’s mouth for at least 15 seconds, but the closer to 60 seconds, the better! Be sure to go across both the upper and lower gumlines.

Should I send the initial sample to AnimalBiome Veterinary promptly after collection?

Yes, please return the sample promptly after collection, using the provided mailer.

How do I register my sample?

YYour veterinarian needs to register your cat’s sample. Be sure to notify them once the test is complete and provide them with the sample ID on the tube.

Questions about this product? Contact your veterinarian.