Have you ever wondered what is making your dog itch? Is it something they are eating or rolling in? Figuring out what your dog is allergic to can be so frustrating. Over the years I have tried a variety of things to pinpoint what makes Bentley itch. He didn’t seem to have any food sensitivities but without extensive testing, I couldn’t be sure. Most of his itching begins with the change in weather so I felt his trouble was environmental. After checking with my veterinarian on the cost of allergy testing, it didn’t seem such a hardship to continue to play the elimination game. If only there was an easier and less expensive way to discover what was bugging my Basset!
Enter the wonderful people at PetMedella. They provide a simple at-home test that uses saliva and hair to help determine the root of your pet’s health issues. One of the reasons that I trusted PetMedella is they believe in holistic, natural remedies and a clean sustainable life. The dogs already eat holistic foods and we avoid using chemicals with the exception of their heartworm meds. I knew that any problems they discovered, they would have a healthy solution.
When my kit arrived, I broke the seal on the vial and retrieved the cotton-tipped swab. It was easy to wipe it along Bentley gums and under his tongue to collect the saliva. After that, I used a brush to collect some hair and put inside the little ziplock bag they provided. The kit also includes an instruction card where you write your name and phone number. You will visit their website at www.petmedella.com/mypet and follow the prompts. In addition to your pet’s basic information, you will answer questions concerning their health. Once you have collected the samples and completed the online survey, you are ready to mail the samples back to the company.
The technical name of PetMedella’s scanning technique is called BioResonance. The scans include a full body wellness check, toxin analysis, nutritional imbalances, hormonal imbalances, food and environmental sensitivities. It can even test for tick-borne toxins!
According to the website, you need to allow 7 to 10 business days to process and analyze your samples from the date they receive them. I was surprised to have mine back within 4 days. As soon as they notified me via email, I logged back into their site and had the complete results online.
It was such a relief to see how high Bentley’s scored on the 14 different systems listed. They scan 58 points to create the System Performance. You can read more information on each system by clicking on each of them.
I am proud to report that Bentley scored in the upper 90% on all but two of the results. He showed some weakness in his locomotor and immune systems. An explanation is provided with your results but luckily, you will also receive a phone consultation to help you understand the specifics.
The next section of results concentrates on Energetic Sensitivities. PetMedella scans almost 1,000 different food and environmental sensitivities.
As I expected, Bentley has a number of environmental allergies. They include mold, shrubs, pollen, perfume mix, cigarette mix, smoke, and grasses. It is easy for him to avoid smoke since we don’t smoke and I will limit wearing perfume. The problem is the outdoor allergies but I will be limiting his outdoor activities during the days where there is a high pollen count. He enjoys lying in the sun on the grass so while he can continue to do that on nice days, I will immediately wipe him down when he comes back indoors.
It was a surprise to see that his only other allergies were strawberries, bananas, and apricots. He has never had the latter but loves strawberries and bananas.
I had my consultation yesterday and discussed every element with Rachelle, a natural health practitioner. She was awesome and explained the results including the fact that Bentley is in incredible shape for a 9-year-old Basset Hound. There were recommendations of all-natural remedies that I can use to combat his problem areas. She even said his banana sensitivity was low and he should be able to resume eating them after I am able to clear the toxins from his system.
PetMedella offers a variety of holistic remedies that will help correct any of the system problems. I will be purchasing one of the homeopathic remedies that Rachelle recommended and will let you know how it works.
You can purchase a PetMedella kit from their site or on Amazon. The cost is $150.00 which is less expensive than many of the other at-home tests available. I was very impressed with the entire process and feel the results will help me to continue to provide the very best care for Bentley.
I will be testing Pierre soon and will share the results along with how Bentley is progressing.
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