NutriScan Home Pet Food Sensativity Test

u2Does your dog suffer from food allergies or sensitivities?  My Papillon, Kitsune, is very allergic to chicken.  Unfortunately, Kitsune was our first dog, and it took us some time to realize that he was suffering from food allergies - and then even longer still to figure out exactly what he was allergic too!

Once you figure out that your pet is suffering from food sensitivities, it's important to figure out what, exactly, is bothering them.  Veterinarians can preform allergy testing on dogs, usually either in the form of a blood test or skin patch/prick tests.  However, these procedures are often times expensive, and they are not always 100% accurate.  Elimination diets can be a way for owners to try to determine their pet's allergies/sensitivities at home.  Unfortunately, discovering what your pet is allergic too this way can take time, and the number of possible variables can make the process confusing for pet owners.

Well known veterinarian, Dr. Jean Dodds has developed a new kind of food sensitivity test that dog owners can use without the assistance of their veterinarian (if desired), for less then the price of your average blood or skin patch allergy tests.  NutriScan tests your dog for food intolerances and sensitivities via a saliva sample.  Collecting the saliva is painless to your pet, and results are generally available within two weeks.  (Food intolerances/sensitivities are not exactly the same thing as food allergies, but food sensitivities/intolerances are actually a lot more common than true food allergies).

NutriScan works by testing dog's saliva for antibody levels.  Currently, NutriScan offers two test panels.  The first tests for sensitives to beef, corn, wheat, soy, cow's milk, lamb, venison, chicken, turkey, white fish, and pork.  The second panel tests for chicken eggs, barley, millet, oatmeal, salmon, rabbit, rice, potato, peanut/peanut butter, quinoa, and sweet potato.  You can order a single panel of your choice, or both.

I'm not sure if NutriScan would have helped Kitsune or not (he's one of the rarer dogs who actually has a food allergy rather than a sensitivity), but I think it could be a great tool for owners who are dealing with dogs who have unknown tummy troubles.

  • Chris

    The Nutriscan test didn't work for me. I was so desperate to help the dog I rescued from an abused home. She itches non stop and my vet says she is the worst he has seen so thought the Nutriscan would help. All was negative, yet I know she itches badly after some of them.

    I wasn't given a anwer as to why this would happen. I found it very frustrating after paying all that money we were no better off. For us it didn't work.

    • Michelle

      Wow I'm sorry Nutriscan didn't provide any answers for you! That must have been very disappointing.

      Could your dog possibly have environmental allergies or maybe food allergies (rather than intolerances)? I'm not an expert on this stuff, but from what I understand Nutriscan tests for food intolerances, which is actually something different than food allergies. My Papillon, Kitsune, has pretty severe food allergies, but since Nutriscan tests for intolerances and not allergies, I'm not sure we'd get any helpful results either.

      I hope you're able to figure out why your dog is so itchie. She's lucky to have an owner who cares enough to try figuring out what the problem is.

  • Michael

    I'm looking for reviews before I try this. How does this compare to a blood test? How are you able to get the IGE from saliva? Doesn't that need to seen in 4hrs? Sorry I have undergone several allergies treatments and have kinda picked up on the lingo. I'm going to see if amazon has any other reviews. I would like to see positive feedback on a site other than Dr. Dodds

    • Michelle

      Hi Michael.

      I didn't mean for this post to be a review so much as an informative post. I actually haven't tried using NutriScan myself, so I can't offer a personal review. I've struggled through allergy issues with my dog since he was a puppy, but didn't learn about NutriScan until well after we had already determined what he is allergic too.

      If you do learn more, I'd love to hear what you discover!