Why can your pets have Intolerances?
If your pet has some symptoms that have not been diagnosed it is possible that it’s suffering from an intolerance? It is very common for people to have food intolerances. If humans can be sensitive to some food and non-food trigger items, your pets can be too. An intolerance is your body’s reaction, in most cases to food, but there are also some other items such as wool or dust that can also cause an adverse reaction. Some allergens can be found in our home and environment in general as well as artificial allergens may all affect the health of your pet. As a result your pet may be missing out on a better quality of life.
300 different Food and Non-food trigger items tested
Find out if your pet reacts to a certain item such as food or artificial additives that may trigger a reaction in your pet. The pet test will analyse 300 different Food and Non-food trigger items such as milk, dates and dust amongst others. The test will indicate which foods or other allergens are causing a reaction and therefore should be avoided:
Common Food Items
|Apple Juice||Banana||Beets (beetroot)|
|Buttermilk||Cabbage – Green||Caraway|
|Maple Syrup||Milk lactose||Mint (Fresh)|
|Orange juice||Oyster sauce||Pineapple juice|
|Pork||Potatoes||Rabbit – meat|
|Rice – Brown||Sesame seed||Sole|
|Wheat, whole grain||Whitefish|
Common Non-food items
|Barley (Hordeum vulgare)||Bee||Buckwheat|
|Buttercup||Cotton – plant||Dandelion (Taraxum duplidens)|
|Dust||Elder (Sambucus nigra)||Goats|
|Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)||Hamsters||Hazel (Corylus avellana)|
|Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)||Japanese Millet||Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)|
|Peanut plant||Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne)||Pine (Pinus spp.)|
|Plantain (Plantago major)||Primrose (Primulus)||Rabbits – animal|
|Ragweed (Ambrosia elatior)||Red fescue (Festuca rubra)||Sheep’s wool|
|Tall oat grass (Arrhenaterium elatius)||Wild oat (Avena fatua)||Willow|
|Wool||Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)|
Why you should test your cat for any sensitivity and intolerances?
Like humans, cats can suffer from reactions that can cause serious health problems. Some reactions can be easier to be detect, such as skin rashes or digestive problems that cause diarrhea. However, some reactions to environmental allergens may be more difficult to detect. It can turn out quite complicated to detect changes of mood in your cat which may end up being miserable without you knowing it.
After receiving the sample in the laboratory, the results will be ready in 7-10 business days. The report will provide you all the information to understand any intolerances that your cat has to the items tested. It will also include a comprehensive guide on how to eliminate possible intolerances from the diet of your pet.
How is the sample collection process?
Once your order is placed we will simply provide a kit to collect some fur samples for the analysis. This is a self-collection process and all the instructions will come with the testing kit to you. The sample collection process for the test is very simple and easy and instructions are provided below. Bear in mind that if the hair is not collected as specified below, the laboratory will not be able to analyse the samples:
- It can be tested on any fur from the body of your pet.
- Ideally fur samples should include the root, if this is not possible cut it as close to the root as possible.
- If the hair is longer than one inch, we only require 5-7 individual strands of hair.
- Place the fur sample in the small envelope provided in the kit ensuring it remains dry and secure.
- Do not send the fur sample in any metallic packaging such as metal foil.
- Place the fur samples in the zip lock seal plastic bag provided in the kit and return together with the consent form using the self-addressed envelope provided.
Treatment of intolerances in Pets
Once you receive the report it will determine the type of allergens that your pet is intolerant to. Some intolerances may require treatment and some it will simply need a change in the diet of your pet. Besides the report which includes an extensive guide, we recommend you visit your veterinarian and discuss it with them to what may be the best treatment for your pet.