Are Food or Environmental Intolerances Causing Problems For Your Pet?

We all love our pets and want the very best for them. At times, pets can show abnormal behaviors like gnawing at their paws, vomiting, hair loss, restlessness, watery eyes and irritability, but we do not know why they are experiencing these symptoms. 5Strands Affordable Testing is on a mission to “empower families with a voice about their own health care and that of their pets.”

To help you identify abnormal behaviors, allergies or intolerances, 5Strands Affordable Testing has come up with a list of questions that break down what you need to know about your pet’s issues and how the test can help address them.

1. What’s the difference between intolerances and allergies?

A food intolerance is a non-IgE (Immunoglobulin E) response and is developed when your body is unable to properly digest those foods. Symptoms of a true allergic reaction to food are immediate and more severe than symptoms of a food sensitivity.  They trigger the immune system, can cause swelling of the body, and could even become fatal. Food intolerance symptoms may appear several hours or days after ingestion or exposure. Common symptoms of food intolerance are bloating, migraines, headaches, runny nose, stomach ache, irritable bowel, hives, or simply feeling under the weather.

2. Do items need to be in your pet’s body/environment for an intolerance to be detected?

With intolerance testing, you do not have to ingest or be exposed to the item for it to register as an imbalance. Our method of testing utilizes bio-resonance technology to scan hair samples to determine energetic imbalances between your body and the items being tested. The testing identifies intolerances which may cause varying degrees of symptoms if currently being ingested or exposed to or would be, in the future. 5Strands Affordable Testing does not test for immunological responses, which would require exposure to a particular allergen.

3. How does the test work?

5Strands Affordable Testing provides an extensive report that tests for 200+ food ingredients and 100+ environmental items in a way that is simple, painless and non-invasive. All we need is 10-15 hair strands, preferably brushed (with a clean comb or brush) or pulled from a small area on the pet. Your pet’s personalized results are formatted into a simple, easy-to-read report. You can expect your pet’s results within 5-7 business days after receiving the pet’s hair sample received email.

4. What does 5Strands test for?

In addition to testing whole food items, we test for many different food ingredients found in most pet food such as chicken meal, cornmeal, Omega-3 fatty acids, additives, preservatives and supplements. We also test for environmental items such as wool, found in clothing or household rugs, and Bermuda grass, which can be found in some of our backyards.

5. How should the test results be used after?

Receiving your pet’s results should only be used as a guideline to do research on what your pet is actually eating and exposed to in their environment. You should also contact your local vet and pet nutritionist to inquire about changes you can make to better the health of your pet. As an example, we see a lot of pets that have been eating just kibble their whole life, have an intolerance to tocopherols, which is in just about every kibble on the market. Everyone assumes these tocopherols are a source of Vitamin E for the pet but they are actually used as a preservative in the food to help extend the shelf life of the product. We have seen that once the pet has eliminated the kibble from their daily nutrition plan, they experience fewer symptoms.

6. How can some environment changes be addressed?

While it the majority of symptomatic issues may be the result of food intolerances, we have also seen that our testing results for environmental issues have been quite successful. We have a great story about a dog that was biting his paws every day to the point of bleeding. The pet mom had spent thousands of dollars at the vet’s to try and pinpoint what was causing the trigger. After being unsuccessful, she purchased our 5Strands Affordable Pet Test. The results indicated that the dog had an issue with the fabric wool.  It just so happened that the pet parent had wool area rugs all over her house. After just 2 weeks of taking up the rugs, the dog stopped biting his paws and has been great ever since.

It’s nice to see your pet’s results in front of you because once you see it, it just makes sense.

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