Empowering Pet Parents Into Making Informed Lifestyle Adjustments | 5Strands

Animal Innovations Show - Episode 118 - 5Strands

Empowering Pet Parents Into Making Informed Lifestyle Adjustments | 5Strands

“Prevention is better than cure”—or so the saying goes.

Fortunately, for pet parents like us, companies like 5Strands Affordable Testing is here to help!

A proactive solution to pets’ health, 5Strands empowers pet parents into making informed dietary and lifestyle adjustments for their animals’ better health.

As per Austin Collins, who is the CEO of 5Strands Affordable Testing,

“We do a non-invasive hair analysis tests to determine the food and environmental intolerances that pets are experiencing every day, from things that they’re either consuming or being exposed to in their environment.”

How 5Strands Help Pets and Their People

how 5strands helps pets and pet parents

If you’re looking for your very own roadmap to better health, 5Strands provides a functional health assessment that doesn’t merely rely on recommending prescriptions, topicals, or other short-term relief.

Instead, what they offer is an at-home collection kit that you can easily use to get more information on your pets’ environmental, dietary, and household sensitivities.

This way, pet owners can make adjustments that reduce the discomforts that pets experience. This includes lowering the chances of them getting an upset stomach, constantly scratching, or biting.

“There’s no blood work… We only need hair, and we’re able to then test for over 600 plus items. So, it’s very amazing and very extensive reporting that hopefully gives pet parents some insight on how to help their pet,”

Austin said, describing the process.

The hair collection process is quick and painless. You can also get the results within 7-10 days from 5Strands’ receipt of your test samples.

As for when to try it on your pet, Austin said that it depends on what type of pet parent you are.

“We always say this is a proactive solution to bettering your pet’s health. But most of the time, we never really recognize that there’s an issue until a pet actually expresses discomfort. So, if you see your dog or cat constantly scratching, then that kind of lets you know… But you can obviously take it before any of those issues present themselves.”

How Does 5Strands Work?

how 5strands affordable testing works

If you’re worried about how long it takes, there’s really no need to be. All you need is to order a 5Strands kit, grab five strands of hair, and send the sample back to them for testing.

It’s also vital to register your kit online. Once they receive your samples, 5Strands will notify you that they’ve received them.

After that, they upload the testing results onto their mobile app or customer portal. And from that point on, they’ll try to break them down for you so you can understand how to interpret the data.

They actually have experts on their staff to help answer any questions on how to integrate those reports into your lifestyle. This way, you won’t feel lost, and you’ll have a direction on where to go next.

“Whenever you take these types of tests with us, we provide parameters to help you start to eliminate what the actual issues are  and then have a few items in those key categories that you can start to supplement,”

shared Austin.

If that makes you feel excited about 5Strands, then you’re in luck! They offer 10% OFF if you buy from them today using the code “DOOBERT10“.

 

 

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Austin: My name is Austin Collins, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: So, start us off. Tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals.

Austin: So, once again, my name is Austin Collins.

I am the CEO of 5Strands Affordable Testing, where we do a non-invasive hair analysis test to determine the food and environmental intolerances that pets are experiencing every day for things that they’re either consuming or being exposed to in their environment.

So, what we offer is an at-home collection kit that then will provide a result to the pet parent to be able to make those dietary and lifestyle adjustments that reduce maybe everyday discomforts that pets are experiencing, like a hot spot, upset stomach, constant scratching, paw biting, things like that.

Chris: That’s really fascinating.

So, you’re doing all is though this just a couple of strands of hair? So, there’s no blood work like you may have heard of traditional blood allergy testing at a vet’s office.

Austin: That’s usually only testing immune type responses, which is like a chicken anaphylactic type response, which would usually cause vomiting and things like that.

Hopefully, this gives pet parents some insight on—you know, how to help their pet.

Chris: So now, is this something Austin, that I need to wait till my pet has a problem, or is this something I can do proactively?

Austin: Well, it depends on the type of person that you are, the type of pet parent you are. We always say this is a proactive solution tobettering your pet’s health, but most of the time, we never necessarily recognize that there’s an issue at-hand until a pet actually expresses one of those discomforts that I was talking about earlier.

So, if you see your dog or cat constantly scratching, then that kind of—lets you know that there’s something wrong.

And that’s usually when you think about a company like us to say, “Hey, let me try to find some direction on what’s actually causing those issues.”

But you can obviously take it before any of those issues present themselves. Because there are subtle— actually intolerances that start to build up over time.

So, you can—you know, get your health report beforehand and start to kind of make those adjustments before the actual physical issues start to take place.

Chris: Yes, this sounds really cool.

So now— I’m definitely one of the more proactive people. So, walk me through how it works. I order one of your kits, right. I grab a couple of strands of hair. Send it back in.

I mean, is that really basic all I have to do?

Austin: So, one of the biggest things right now and where we’re at in our lives and in our world is at-home testing is a huge thing.

And it’s been very difficult for people to schedule a time out to connect with their vet and go into those places to do that physical testing, anyways.

So, our at-home collection kit is just that simple. You literally receive it in the mail. You would collect five strands of hair, send that back to us, you register the kit online, and then once we receive the hair sample, we’ll notify you, and let you know— it’s here safely.

And then five to seven days after that, we would then upload to our mobile app. From that point, we try to break them down for you to help people understand how to interpret them.

But we do have experts on our staff, as well that help, you know, answer any questions on how to integrate those reports into your lifestyle.

Chris: Do you have any really interesting stories or stories that stick with your mind of animals that you’ve been able to help by doing this?

Austin: One of the very first stories actually, was maybe— within the first six months of us running the pet test, and we had some high-end— basically clients, and they wanted a secret test done and had all their information hidden.

But they had been to about four different vets had said that they had spent over $6,000. They took an allergy test, and we’re told that: Chicken was the issue, removed chicken.

And the dog was basically still biting its paws to the point that it was bleeding everywhere, all over this carpet in this house, where they ended up taking our environmental intolerance test and actually ended up figuring out that the wool rugs in the house with this carpet were causing the issues.

And the lady ripped out all of these wool rugs and everything was fine. So, it’s just that type of simplicity that people start to overthink where it really is just so simple.

And it can be that simple. So, a lot of our stories are the people that literally have done everything, come to us.

And they’re like, I’ve been all around having no answers. This is my last resort.

And we’re like, “Well, eventually people will start to think of us as the first line of defense.” When you don’t have a clue about what’s going on, come check it out with us.

Let’s see if we can find some direction. We really do support our customers here. We know that what we do here works, and it’s really just in the integration and implementation process, whatever it may be.

But we’re still looking for the end goal of a better, happier and healthier pet.

Chris: Yeah, I love that goal. 

So, where can people go to learn more? Where can they go to purchase one and be proactive and get the process started?

Austin: Yeah, so we’re on basically all major sales outlets.

We have 5STRANDS.COM that’s our personal website. I want to say we actually set up a coupon for you guys for 10% off.

But Amazon and Walmart you can purchase it there as well.

Chris: Sounds like you guys are in all the places. So, I mean this is really cool Austin. I’m excited to see where you’re going to take this and I can truly feel your passion for pets.

Is there anything else you want to mention, before I wrap things up today? Realistically, if you’re listening to this number one, you’re in a good place.

You found some good information and—here. This is definitely a place for people who are wanting to do what’s good for their pet, do what’s right for their pet.

Continuing to listen and consume educational information. That’s what I can say is proactive. At the end of the day, if you do purchase a 5Strands test, it helps build kind of that relationship a little better.

But at the end of the day, education is key. Continue to do your research, continue to do some trial and error and testing and listen to the experts.

Chris: I love that.

That’s a great way to end it and I love the proactive nature of everything you’re trying to do.

So, as we wrap up the show here, you might be listening to this and say: I have a great idea for a product or a service or something that can help animals.

Well, we’d love to have you on the show and talk about it. So, go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and you can apply to be on the show.

And I just remind everybody, don’t forget to become a Dooberteer. Go to DOOBERT.COM where you can help more foster and rescue animals.

So Austin, thank you so much for coming on. I really enjoyed the conversation.

Austin: Thank you, Chris for having me. It’s been a blast.

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