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 Post subject: Blood vs. Saliva (NutriScan) allergy testing
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:30 pm 
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I'd like to get allergy testing done, but don't know which method is more accurate. My vet would do the blood allergy panels or I could do the nutriscan test from Dr. Jean Dodd.

Anyone done either of these and what level of accuracy can be expected?

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 Post subject: Re: Blood vs. Saliva (NutriScan) allergy testing
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 6:12 pm 
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I had the serum test done on Gromit. I suspected she was allergic to pork, as she broke out in gives the size of kidney beans shortly after eating some bacon that I was using to get her attention before a rally trial. Interestingly, the test identified many different allergies, both food and environmental, but pork was the item that the test identified as her strongest allergy!

I found the test to be very useful, and carry around a list of her worst food allergies so that if I'm shopping for food or treats I can always check to make sure they don't contain any allergens. I also know that seasonal allergies affect her in the spring and fall. I did not follow up the tests with allergy shots due to the costs, but just knowing what she's allergic to has made a world of difference. In Gromit's case, she's allergic to many foods that are usually considered "hypoallergenic", such as lamb and rice, and peas, which are commonly added to food to increase the protein.

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 Post subject: Re: Blood vs. Saliva (NutriScan) allergy testing
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:28 am 
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Got the nutriscan results! Cici needs to avoid Venison and white fish (and their oils). Lentils are showing a reactivity of 11.11, (and you need to avoid anything 11.5 or higher), but interestingly it does not say "avoid". It does say if lentils are reactive, don't feed peas or pea fiber.

Cici has never eaten lentils with us, but peas seems to be a very common addition to so many foods out there. i supplement home cooking with canned and kibble right now.

I am looking for high quality canned foods that don't contain peas. Anyone know?

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 Post subject: Re: Blood vs. Saliva (NutriScan) allergy testing
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:57 am 
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I'm not sure about the wet varieties,but I know that Natural Balance Sweet potatoes and Chicken kibble is about the only one I've found that doesn't contain peas or pea protein.

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 Post subject: Re: Blood vs. Saliva (NutriScan) allergy testing
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I checked the Editors Choice section of dogfoodadvisor and found these canned foods that didn't have peas or pea protein in the selected sample. Of course, other flavors in the same line may contain peas, so you'll want to check before buying. At least it gives you a few options to check out:

Eagle Pack
EVO
Merrick: Grainfree and Backcountry Grainfree
Wellness: Complete Health, Simple and 95% (Turkey Stew also, but not sure about all the other stews)

I tried to check for fish oils, too, but I can't be sure I caught them all.

Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Blood vs. Saliva (NutriScan) allergy testing
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Thank you SO much Susan. You are so sweet to look into it for me. Thank you!!

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 Post subject: Re: Blood vs. Saliva (NutriScan) allergy testing
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:59 pm 
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Something to look into is canned tripe. There's cow, vision, lamb, beef mixed with duck, and salmon, meat.

Look for or ask for Annamaet dog food grain free lean for CICI. It's made in the Northeast I think. Sellersville, PA
Just google Annamaet dog food, Another brand.

Fromm dogfood Mequon, Wisconsin.

What is a guy from West Coast buying some Midwest to Northeast dog food? By the way they have their own kibble making facilities. Never had a recall. All human grade foods.

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 Post subject: Re: Blood vs. Saliva (NutriScan) allergy testing
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Thanks, Joe. I've looked into Annamaet and the problem is most bags, if not all, contain the fish oils.

I am looking into tripe and Fromm, thanks!

She is eating only crockpot now while I pick a few other foods I can rotate her diet with. The peas are less of a problem than the fish oil.

In case it is helpful for others below is a list of foods with limited ingredients and no fish oils. I'll double check and pick 2-3 from here.

http://www.chewy.com/dog/wellness-95-be ... 2/dp/34376

http://www.chewy.com/dog/wellness-95-la ... 2/dp/34378

http://www.chewy.com/dog/natures-recipe ... /dp/102476


http://www.chewy.com/dog/newmans-own-or ... f/dp/33509


http://www.chewy.com/dog/natural-balanc ... /dp/113903


http://www.chewy.com/dog/natural-balanc ... /dp/112666

http://www.chewy.com/dog/wellness-core- ... k/dp/37175


DRY - Wellness Core Grain free
http://www.chewy.com/dog/wellness-core- ... l/dp/34342

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http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog- ... dog-foods/

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog- ... dog-foods/

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog- ... -dog-food/

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