Breakthrough Food Sensitivity Testing: Finally an answer for chronic itch

By Dr. Ed Mapes

Stonebridge Animal Hospital
McKinney, Tx

Zeppelin is a six month old German shepherd mix dog that has scratched at his skin and had loose stools and gastric disturbances his entire life. Itchy skin in animals this young is usually caused by parasitic infestation from fleas, mites, or lice. Hypersensitivity to environmental allergens such as pollens or mold spores take time and repeated exposure to develop, so allergic dermatitis was very unlikely in a dog this age.

That left one category of allergic reactions as our primary focus for diagnosis – food sensitivity. Though food allergy/sensitivity accounts for only about 5% of allergy cases, it is an important consideration in animals with chronic, itchy skin disease and diarrhea.

We as veterinarians never had a means to determine what foods a patient reacted to until Hemolife announced its breakthrough saliva testing for 24 of the most common allergenic food compounds. We can at last determine what foods from this group cause reactions, and can therefore tailor diets to avoid those substances.

What follows is excerpted from the dramatic report we received from a sample of Zeppelin’s saliva. Specific client and patient information is withheld. This report gives us quantitative information of how his immune system over-reacts to various foods. The method tests for two groups of antibodies (cells that mount a hypersensitivity reaction to given proteins) called IgA and IgM. Counts over 10 U/ml indicate hypersensitivity reactions – foods that should be avoided. Note all of the avoid notations in the report.

As you can see, this information explains why poor Zeppelin was symptomatic. He reacted to 21 of the 24 foods, leaving only lamb, wheat, and soy for him to eat without suffering the skin itch and chronic diarrhea that he’d experienced from the time he began eating solid food as a puppy.

Since most of the diets available to counteract food-related reactions contain many of these ingredients, finding a suitable product by trial and error would have been exceedingly difficult. Bear in mind, exposure to even one offending substance stimulates the hypersensitivity and all the symptoms that come with it.

Being able to offer a quantitative diagnosis and resulting diet choices to patients like Zeppelin is truly a breakthrough in veterinary medicine, and offering this testing is so very gratifying as a health provider.

HEMOLIFE (Diagnostic Division of HEMOPET) Doctor ED MAPES

Test Requested Result Case Specific General Range Units

 

 

Beef Salivary IgA 12.900 Intermediate reaction, Avoid < 10 U/mL
Beef Salivary IgM 10.950 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Chicken Salivary IgA 12.774 Intermediate reaction, Avoid < 10 U/mL
Chicken Salivary IgM 9.193 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Corn Salivary IgA 11.957 Borderline Reaction; Avoid< 10 U/mL
Corn Salivary IgM 9.974 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Duck Salivary IgA 11.712 Borderline Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Duck Salivary IgM 9.782 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Lamb Salivary IgA 9.821 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Lamb Salivary IgM 8.661 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Milk Salivary IgA 11.684 Borderline Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Milk Salivary IgM 9.468 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Pork IgA 16.400 Strong reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Pork IgM 9.750 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Soy Salivary IgA 11.250 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Soy Salivary IgM 9.439 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Turkey Salivary IgA 12.026 Intermediate reaction, Avoid < 10 U/mL
Turkey Salivary IgM 10.563 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Venison Salivary IgA 12.528 Intermediate reaction, Avoid < 10 U/mL
Venison Salivary IgM 10.545 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Wheat Salivary IgA 10.854 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Wheat Salivary IgM 10.308 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
White Fish Salivary IgA 11.860 Borderline Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
White Fish Salivary IgM 11.300 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Barley Salivary IgA 13.050 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Barley Salivary IgM 10.900 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Egg Salivary IgA 13.370 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Egg Salivary IgM 9.310 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Lentil Salivary IgA 14.046 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Lentil Salivary IgM 11.239 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Millet Salivary IgA 13.897 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Millet Salivary IgM 10.156 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Oatmeal Salivary IgA 12.600 Intermediate reaction, Avoid < 10 U/mL
Oatmeal Salivary IgM 10.500 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Peanut Salivary IgA 14.472 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Peanut Salivary IgM 9.413 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Potato Salivary IgA 13.382 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Potato Salivary IgM 11.323 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Quinoa Salivary IgA 14.327 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Quinoa Salivary IgM 10.355 Weak Reaction < 10 U/mL
Rabbit Salivary IgA 13.140 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Rabbit Salivary IgM 9.890 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Rice Salivary IgA 12.600 Intermediate reaction, Avoid < 10 U/mL
Rice Salivary IgM 9.750 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Salmon Salivary IgA 13.750 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Salmon Salivary IgM 9.188 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL
Sweet Potato IgA 13.914 Medium Reaction; Avoid < 10 U/mL
Sweet Potato IgM 8.557 Negative Reaction < 10 U/mL

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