Are you concerned that your dog may be suffering from “allergies” to the food he’s eating? You may want to consider an at-home test, like NutriScan, that could help identify the foods that are causing your pup adverse reactions, like excessive itching and gastrointestinal issues.
Hemopet’s NutriScan food intolerance test is one of a handful of at-home test kits that analyze your dog’s saliva to determine the food ingredients he has an intolerance or sensitivity to. But are NutriScan’s results accurate? And is the high cost of this test worth it? We’ll give you the answers to these questions and more details in our Nutriscan review to help you decide.
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- Key Features
- Is Nutriscan Accurate?
- How Does Nutriscan Work? (Video)
- Our Final Verdict
- Easy saliva sample collection
- Get results in 2-3 weeks
- Extensive website knowledge base
- Test validated in clinical trials in Europe and U.S.
- Also offers tests for cats and horses
- Only tests for food intolerances (and not environmental allergens like similar tests do)
- Added $35 fee for a personal online consultation about your results
- Tests for 24 purified food extracts and 100+ related food ingredients
- Easy saliva collection device with a volume indicator, which takes minutes to collect
- Results tell you which foods to avoid and show you the level of intolerance to each food: high, intermediate, borderline, or no reaction
- Customer support via email and phone
This test measures both IgA (secretory immunity) and IgM (primary immune response) antibodies in the saliva of dogs to the most common foods dogs eat. There’s a lot of controversy in the veterinary scientific community about the accuracy of saliva testing to determine food intolerances and sensitivities in dogs.
However, Hemopet says they’ve completed two double-blinded clinical trial studies that validated the NutriScan test and affirmed its clinical use. One study was published in the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) Journal. Hemopet is a company that largely relies on alternative holistic diagnostics and therapies, so keep that in mind when deciding whether this test is right for you.
In this three-minute video, Dr. Jean Dodds, who developed the NutriScan food sensitivity test, explains the science behind her novel test and lists all the food ingredients they analyze from your dog’s saliva sample.
Compared to other at-home dog allergy tests, NutriScan is quite expensive — and only tests for food allergens, not environmental allergens, like dust, dust mites, pollen, etc., that some other companies test for in addition to food ingredients. Customer feedback is also mixed about whether NutriScan is worth it.
Whether you decide to go with NutriScan or an alternative at-home test kit, it’s important to know that these tests aren’t meant to replace a consultation with your veterinarian about the symptoms your dog is experiencing. But you can share the results with your vet to help determine the best course of treatment for your furry friend.