I've always suspected that Shiner must be allergic to something in her environment. She likes to lick her paws and other parts of her body. She also has frequent ear infections and scratches her skin a lot. Figuring out what a dog or cat is allergic to is a lot of trial and error. Sometimes, it requires pet owners to try new foods with different ingredients. Without expensive allergy testing, it can take a lot of time and patience.
How ImmuneIQ Test for Pets Works
I was recently invited to try the new ImmuneIQ - an affordable at-home immunity response test for both cats and dogs made by VetDVM. The test covers 125 pet food ingredients and common environmental allergens and irritants.
This test is meant to help pet owners determine what their pets' are allergic to so that they can avoid these things. The test also includes a list of alternative ingredients that would be safe to try for your pet. I received Shiner's ImmuneIQ test results just a few days ago and am very excited to share what I found out here.
The testing process was simple. ImmuneIQ sent me an envelope with the testing materials inside. All I needed to do was collect a little bit of Shiner's fur and saliva. I collected my samples and placed them inside of the little baggies, sealed my envelope, and placed it in my mailbox to be sent out. The envelope comes ready to be mailed, so you don't need to pay for postage. Just seal it up and send it out.
I was promised Shiner's test results in 2 weeks. The test results came in my email inbox in PDF form along with a helpful PDF document that explains pet allergies to anyone who may not completely understand them.
While I am used to reading laboratory test results like these already, I believe ImmuneIQ makes these test results very easy for anyone to understand. They place each allergen tested into one of 3 colored categories as shown on the screenshot from my test below.
Our ImmuneIQ test included results from proteins, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, fatty acids, nutritional supplements, and environmental things.
What Our ImmuneIQ Test Results Say
Shiner's test results are ImmuneIQ's recommendation of ingredients and irritants that I should try removing from her environment and diet. I was so excited to receive my results after waiting patiently for 2 weeks. Here are a few interesting results from Shiner's test.
As far as Shiner's diet is concerned, I should try to avoid feeding her dairy, soy, whey, tuna, shrimp, yogurt, bread, corn, oats, white rice, wheat... the list is a little bit longer than this, and I don't want to make this post too long. But these are some common pet food ingredients ImmuneIQ recommends removing from her diet.
|No fruits or vegetables were present in Shiner's "red zone" test results, so she can eat lots of them!|
They also include recommendations for other food ingredients I should try. Some of these ingredients include things like beef, chicken, duck, salmon, rabbit, brown rice, sweet potato, apple, blueberry, green beans, kale, pumpkin, parsley, salmon oil... again, this list here is much shorter than the actual test results I received. But it gives you an idea about Shiner's results.
In Shiner's environment, there were no items listed in the green zone. There were a few things like grass, insect, human dander, and pollen listed in the neutral zone and I was happy to see this. There are 4 allergens in the red zone that ImmuneIQ recommends I remove from her environment and those things are heavy metals, petrochemical, plastic / nylon, and rubber / latex.
I've yet to determine where these allergens are coming from within in her environment right now, but hopefully I can get that figured out soon.
Overall, I'm very glad that we had the opportunity to try out ImmuneIQ. It has given me some good insight about Shiner's allergies and hopefully I am able to help her more in the future.
If you're interested in learning more about ImmuneIQ and ordering a test for your dog or cat, please visit their website here.
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