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Dr. Dodds will be introducing NutriScan, novel, patented canine food
sensitivity and food intolerance diagnostic testing. This assay system
utilizes an important new approach in nutrition - that salivary diagnostics can
more accurately identify the foods to be avoided rather than focus on those
less like to be reactive.
Dr. Dodds' revolutionary concept is the first food intolerance and sensitivity
testing program to match pets with their individual nutritional needs and
genetic makeup, i.e. functional nutrition or nutrigenomics. This provides
owners with accurate information to select the optimal pet foods and treats
based on high level nutritional principles.
Dr. Dodds' new Nutriscan saliva screening diagnostics should be used annually
by dog owners. This food sensitivity and intolerance diagnostic system tests
saliva for food reactant antibodies in healthy dogs and those with known or
suspected food intolerance. Dog owners can obtain the test kit from Hemopet or
through their veterinarians. After following directions, adding saliva, the
kit is sealed and sent to Hemopet for analysis.Testing protocols are for gluten
and other food ingredient intolerance and sensitivity. The primary dietary
antigens to be tested are corn, wheat, soy, beef, eggs, and milk.Dr. Dodds is
also developing web-based programs to perpetuate and disseminate her unique
knowledge in veterinary medicine and science through education. Her new book
the "The Canine Thyroid Epidemic", co-authored with Diana Laverdure, will be
published shortly. Access to Dr. Dodds' diagnostics program is easy.
Veterinary clients and pet owners can just use our OnLine Test Request Form.
HEMOPET / HEMOLIFE
Previous Testing has typically been based on IgE, IgG, and immune complexes
combined with complement. These tests have high sensitivity but lower
individual specificity, and only measure more immediate-type reactions.
Newer Testing can use serum, saliva or feces, with a simple ELISA or other
immunoassay platform to identify IgG, IgA or immune complexes to foods in
serum, and IgA or IgM antibodies to foods in saliva. Antibodies to foods appear
in saliva several months before the animal has a diagnosis of IBD (inflammatory
bowel disease) or the “leaky gut syndrome”. Saliva testing can thus reveal the
latent or pre-clinical form of food sensitivity.
FOOD SENSITIVITY – Future Testing at Three Levels
1. Saliva Screening Kit: Point-of-Service owner/vet clinic testing. Test for
salivary IgA and IgM reactants in healthy pets with known or suspected food
2. Serum Testing Kit: Further vet and laboratory testing.
3. DNA/Micro Array/Heat Map: Identifies pets needing individualized
Hemopet has recently patented this breakthrough diagnostic food sensitivity
screening, and will offer the testing and diagnostic kit soon.
W. Jean Dodds, DVM