NutriScan Sensitivity & Intolerance Test for Dogs • the Gold Standard
Dr. Jean Dodds has introduced NutriScan, a novel, patented food intolerance and food sensitivity testing system for canines and felines. 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 likely 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 veterinarians with accurate information to select the optimal pet foods and treats based on high level nutritional principles.
Unlike serum-based IgE or IgG testing protocols for the less commonly seen true food allergies, NutriScan tests not for food allergies but for the more common food sensitivities and intolerances. Food sensitivity and intolerance measures a more delayed body response to offending foods by measuring production of IgA and IgM antibodies primarily in mucosal secretions from the bowel. The presence (intermediate, medium or strong reactions) or absence (negative or weak reactions) of secretory (IgA) or primary (IgM) antibodies directed at specific food extracts is an indication of the dog’s or cat’s changes in gene expression when faced with reactive or compatible foods. As early as five months before the clinical signs of bowel disease or pruritis become apparent, offending foods have been shown to lead to the early production of IgA or IgM antibodies in saliva. IgA and IgM antibodies to food ingredients can even appear in saliva that are not detectable in serum. In fact, IgE serology testing has been found to offer no advantage for diagnosis in dietary trials because it had a sensitivity of 14%, specificity of 87%, positive predictive value of 40%, and negative predictive value of 61%.
NutriScan can precisely identify reactions to any of the twenty-four most commonly ingested food ingredients to match dogs and cats with their individual nutritional needs based on their genetic makeup, or “molecular dietary signature”. The results provide pet owners and veterinarians with accurate information to help them select the optimal pet foods and treats based on functional nutritional principles.
As with any new testing, there will be skeptics. This is especially when the existing serum-based food “allergy” testing is well-recognized to be fraught with errors both in the test systems used and their clinical applicability to human (or animal) patients.
NutriScan Testing Protocols
You only need one kit and 2ml of sample will be sufficient for both panels.
After following directions, adding saliva, the kit is sealed and sent to Hemopet for analysis. Samples can be mailed to us at Hemopet. The mailing needs to be in a protected package or envelope. No refrigeration is necessary, and the saliva sample is viable for up to 30 days; however we do recommend that the sample should arrive at Hemopet within 10 days of being taken. Our online Test Request Form and the Doctor Client Zone provide access to the Hemolife laboratory data, whereby clients can directly access their own account and their laboratory data.