Diagnostic pH Test Strips measure the pH levels of a dog or at using their urine or saliva. These advanced diagnostic test strips are comprised of a two pad color system affixed to an easy to handle plastic strip, making them more sturdy and effective than ordinary litmus paper. When ordinary litmus paper gets wet it bleeds, creating varying colors making it difficult to accurately match to a pH color chart.
Testing your dog or cat's pH will determine if their body is overly acidic and may provide everyday insight into ailments such as low energy, poor digestion, joint aches and problematic weight management. Alternatively, an increase in urine pH can indicate the formation of struvite crystals and/or a urinary tract infection because the related bacteria secrete an enzyme that increases pH and contributes to the formation of of struvites.
Contains 90 wide range 4.5 - 9.0 pH test strips
Q. How do you use the pH test strips for dogs and cats?
1. Quickly pass the pH strip in the urine stream.
2. Shake off any excess immediately.
3. Wait 15 seconds and match the colors on the strip to the corresponding color chart.
4. Discard the strip - do not reuse.
1. Gather saliva in your mouth and then swallow.
2. Gather saliva in your mouth again for a period of 15 - 20 seconds. Spit the saliva into a spoon. Dip the pH strip into the spoon for three seconds with the reagent side of the strip facing down.
3. Wait 15 seconds and compare colors on the strip to the corresponding color chart.
4. Enter the pH value into your pH Health Assessment Test chart.
5. Discard the strip - Do not reuse.
Q. What if I am not getting an exact match to the color chart?
If you are not getting an exact match with the color chart this means you are testing in between ranges. If your strip is not testing directly to the chart use the top color and match it with its closest color on the test strip.
Q. Will my urine and saliva tests differ and why would they if they do?
Yes, your urine and saliva tests will be different. The urine test will always be about .50 more acidic than your saliva. The reason for the range difference is because more acids are excreted through the urinary system than they are through the mouth.
Q. Which test is more accurate, saliva or urine?
The urine test is more accurate than the saliva test.
Q. What if my strip doesn’t change from the beginning color, does this mean the strip is defective?
No, you can check the effectiveness of the strip by squirting some Windex® directly onto the strip or by checking your pH directly after swallowing a piece of bread.
Q. What if the test is above the 8.0 range does this mean I need to eat more acidic?
No, the best recommendation is that if you get an abnormal test then you should take a few more tests to make sure this is the range you are accurately testing at. We recommend you test both your urine and your saliva three times a day to get a composite reading. If you seem to keep coming up with over-alkaline tests, please contact us or call your health care provider.
Q. Which side of the strip do I use?
You need to use the side of the strip with the color indicator.
Q. Do these strips work with water or any other foods or chemicals?
These strips do NOT test against water or chemicals. They need to be tested against high ionized solutions. Water is not a high ionized solution and other chemicals may dilute the strip to be unreadable.
Q. When should I be testing and how often?
We recommend testing up to three times a day to get an average range. Once you have figured your average range, you may want to test at least once a day, to make sure you are staying in the optimum range.
Q. Do these test strips expire?
No the test strips do not expire.