(as of Jul 30,2021 08:16:28 UTC – Details)
Can my pet have this test even though they are not showing any visible symptoms?
Of Course! The beauty of our testing process is that it will register food items whether or not your pet has ever consumed the food item or not. That way you will know what items you should or should not feed your pet. Even if you have previously fed your pet an item, such as pork, and it shows up on the test, it does not necessarily mean that your pet will show a visible symptom. Most of the time the symptoms do not manifest unless you are feeding your pet that food item every single day. In addition, some symptoms are not always visible such as joint pain or a tummy ache. If you continue feeding your pet a food item every day, the symptom may continue until it manifests itself into a visible symptom. If you are already doing what you were intended to do with your pet’s nutrition plan, then that might explain why your pet does not express any visible symptoms. We have had instances where pet parents have removed the offending items even though their pet was not showing any visible symptoms. After several weeks, they noticed that their pet showed signs of increased activity and energy. We have seen this happen with people too.
How long does it take to see improvement for your pet once you eliminate level 3 and/or level 2 food items?
Our testing is designed to help you become more in tune with your body. After eliminating the level 3 and level 2 items for 6-8 weeks, you can re-introduce one item at a time into your diet. If you eat it and wait a few days, and do not have any symptoms, then your body may have re-balanced and you will be able to continue to eat the item again in moderation. Some of our customers choose to retest every 6 months or so, but this is not entirely necessary if you have become more in tune with your body and can identify what foods may be causing the symptoms you experience.
Is it correct that something can show up as an intolerance because the pet has been consuming the item often?
If your pet has a food intolerance, it means that your pet is lacking the digestive enzyme to break that particular food down. So the reaction is not life threatening and may take hours or days after eating the food to manifest any type of symptom. Unlike a true allergy, where only a trace amount can trigger a reaction, with an intolerance symptom, it may manifest only if they eat a substantial amount of the food. So it is not the act of consuming the item often that creates the intolerance. The intolerance is always there, it is really the manifestation of the symptoms that becomes more apparent with over consumption. That is why it is always recommended to feed in rotation and moderation after the initial elimination period to avoid triggering any unwanted symptoms.
The 5Strands Process
Receive Your Kit
Upon arrival of your collection kit, please fill out the info requested. Collect HAIR sample (pulled preferred) and place in the bag provided.
Send Off In Mail
Mail the completed form and hair sample in the pre-addressed envelope provided. Upon arrival at our processing center, you will be notified via email of the successful delivery.
Wait 5-7 Days for the testing results to be sent via email. Our 5Strands team is here to help answer any questions or concerns regarding the interpretation of your testing results.
Our mission is to empower families with a voice about their own health care and that of their pets. We strive to fill the void of consumer-driven needs with our affordable testing.
WHY IS MY PET NOT GETTING BETTER?
In general, animals have good self-healing powers. Their regulation system can typically help restore their body’s equilibrium in response to outside influences acting on their body. Too many stresses can inhibit their body from healing itself. Stresses such as food additives, chemically treated water, environmental toxins, using different medications, can become too much for your pet’s body to respond and heal itself.
Your furry friend is asking for help
Symptoms of dry skin, itching, intense paw biting, upset stomach, diarrhea, general lethargy will tend to appear. Sometimes the cause is not easily apparent and you and your veterinarian may use medications to mask the underlying cause of the real issues.
255 items tested
Sample is 10-15 strands of hair
Results within 7-10 days of receiving sample
Instant eliminate guideline
Get to the root of the problem
5Strands scans your pet’s hair sample (10-15 strands) using bioresonance technology to provide an extensive, easy-to-understand report. You can expect to receive your pet’s test results within 7-10 days after the hair sample arrives to 5Strands processing center. For you to see ANY RESULTS, this test requires 100% interaction.
The Food Intolerance Test includes 250+ items: proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits, fats, seafood, additives & preservatives. The severity of response upon exposure to each item is measured and provided in an instant 60-90 day elimination guideline.
Your pet does not have to have ever consumed any of these items to register a response. This is the job of 5Strands. Intolerances can manifest from the body lacking the digestive enzymes or the overconsumption of an item.
After the elimination period, you can then re-introduce items one at a time, in small quantities, to see if the symptoms return. IgE (Immunoglobulin E) allergies, which are caused by the body’s immune system, are NOT tested by 5Strands. These reactions occur within minutes of ingestion and are diagnosed through a blood test or skin prick test provided by veterinarians.