FOOD SENSITIVITIES IN YOUR PETS!

June 22, 2017

 

NUTRISCAN

FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING

FOR DOGS, CATS & HORSES

 

Nutriscan is the only clinically predictable diagnostic test for dogs, cats and horses to identify the commonly seen food intolerances and sensitivities in saliva. The Nutriscan test is patent protected in the United States and internationally with scientific backing.

Food intolerance or sensitivity is actually quite common whereas food allergy is rare. In fact, food intolerance is the third most common sensitivity condition in dogs and often can be easily remedied with a change in diet which is why Dr. Jean Dodds DVM developed the Nutriscan test. For years, though, the difficulty lay in figuring out what foods were problematic — until now.

 

This test measures antibodies to certain foods in dog saliva. High antibody levels indicate that the dog has a food sensitivity and intolerance to that food or foods. It is not a DNA test or a cheek/gum swab test. In fact, food intolerance is the third most common sensitivity condition in dogs and often can be easily remedied with a change in diet.

 

NutriScan tests for the twenty-four most commonly ingested foods to provide you with specific results. Since it is a salivary test, you have the convenience to complete the test at home, at your local pet store or at your veterinarian's office. Best of all, you can have the results in approximately 3 to 10 days to help you put your dog on the right diet.

 

 

DR. JEAN DODD

Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM, a veterinarian for 50 years, has a worldwide reputation for being at the forefront of veterinary science, clinical research and animal welfare; she has 25 patents, and has authored numerous scientific papers, book chapters and two books. She moved from upstate NY to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet's range of nonprofit services also include specialized diagnostic testing; consulting in clinical pathology; and teaching for animal health care professionals, kennel clubs, and pet owners on a variety of subjects including nutrition and holistic medicine. Her drive to help pet parents identify their pet’s food sensitives is what lead to her invention of the Nutriscan diagnostic test.

 

HOW NUTRISCAN WORKS

As opposed to food elimination diets that can take weeks and even months to attempt to figure out the offending food or foods, NutriScan requires only that a small piece of cotton rope (provided in a kit) be inserted in your pet’s mouth for a couple of minutes. After the kit is submitted by you, your pet store or your vet’s office, you’ll have the results back in only weeks.

 

By contrast, cheek swabs alone do not generate sufficient biological fluid to quantitatively determine specific food reactivities. Simple positive or negative results, for instance from tissue swabs, do not provide information about the specificity or sensitivity of the food. Therefore, selection of foods based upon this type of information is medically and scientifically unreliable.

 

Testing with saliva is more sensitive than traditional blood testing because blood tests look for food allergies, which are actually rather rare. Most pets (and people) suffer instead with food sensitivities and intolerances, which are a different kind of problem from a true food allergy.

 

The test measures the levels of IgA and IgM antibodies in the saliva. These antibodies are produced by the body in order to fight food sensitivities, so they offer the perfect measure of a reaction taking place. In fact, a food intolerance can lead to one of these antibodies showing up in the saliva as early as five months before bowel disease shows clinical symptoms. And, sometimes these antibodies can show up in the saliva without even appearing in the blood.

 

NUTRISCAN FOR DOGS & CATS

 

Does your dog or cat have itchy skin, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, gas or inflammatory bowel disease? Do you suspect your pet has an allergy? More than likely your dog or cat has a food sensitivity or intolerance. 

 

Ever hear of Nutriscan?  This is is an awesome testing for food intolerance in our pets. I did it for my one pup. Her chronic ear infection disappeared and her health, as well as energy levels, greatly improved.  

 

Food sensitivities and intolerances are different body immune responses than a true food allergy, which is a more immediate reaction mediated by production of IgE and IgG antibodies. Food sensitivity and intolerance, by contrast, is a more delayed body response to offending foods by measuring production of IgA and IgM antibodies primarily in mucosal secretions from the bowel. 

 

In fact, food intolerance or sensitivity is actually quite common whereas food allergy is rare. Food intolerance is the third most common sensitivity condition in dogs and cats, and often can be easily remedied with a change in diet. For years, though, the difficulty lay in figuring out what foods were problematic – until now.

 

Developed by world-renowned veterinarian, Dr. Jean Dodds, NutriScan tests for the twenty-four most commonly ingested foods by dogs and cats to provide you with specific results as to your pet's food intolerances or sensitivities. Since it is a salivary test, you have the convenience to complete the test at home or at your veterinarian’s office. Best of all, you can have the results in approximately two weeks to help you put your companion animal on the right diet.

 

Foods Tested

 

 

Beef

Chicken

Turkey

Duck

Lamb

Rabbit

Venison (Deer)

Pork

Cow's Milk

Salmon

White Colored Ocean Fish (includes sardines, menhaden, pollack, herring)

Eggs

Lentil (includes peas)

Corn

Barley

Wheat

Millet

Soy

Oatmeal

Rice

Quinoa

Potato

Sweet Potato

Peanut/Peanut Butter

 

Dr. Dodds recommends that companion animals are tested annually as – similar to humans – their food sensitivities and intolerances change over time.

 

NUTRISCAN FOR HORSES

Do any of your horses suffer from food related discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or gastric and other bowel ulcers? Are you unsure what food is causing the problem? More than likely your horse's condition is a food intolerance. NutriScan Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Test analyzes your horse's saliva for the 22 most commonly ingested foods to find out precisely what is triggering the reaction so you can put your horse on the right diet. 

 

Foods Tested

Alfalfa

Apples

Barley

Bermuda

Grass

Brome Grass

Carrots

Corn

Cotton Seed

Fescue Grass

Flaxseed

Kentucky Blue Grass

Meadow Foxtail

Molasses

Oatmeal

Orchard Grass

Red Clover

Rice

Rye

Rye Grass

Sugar Beet

Timothy Grass

Wheat

 

HOW IT WORKS
NutriScan provides you with a special cotton rope to capture your pet's saliva. When you send it back to the NutriScan laboratory, our team tests the IgA and IgM antibodies that are found in saliva. Within 2-3 weeks, you'll have the results.

 

INSURANCE
Depending on your policy, most pet insurance companies cover not only routine checkups, but also emergency care, prescriptions, treatment and diagnostic testing such as NutriScan. Please check with your insurance provider or seek out health insurance for your companion pet.  

 

NEXT STEPS

 

Learn more at www.hemopet.org and www.grandmalucys.com

 

On Grandma Lucy's website, hover over the "dog" tab.  The second to bottom link is for "Nutriscan".   This is a great place to learn more, as well as order.  And you can get a $50 credit on Grandma Lucy's food while ordering your Nutriscan. 

 

If you want to learn more, email or call us.  I have learned a lot after testing my dog.

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