We are excited to be able to provide you with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis for your dog!! We have partnered with Trace Elements, which is an independent testing laboratory specializing in hair tissue mineral analysis for industry professionals. This type of analysis can provide us with very useful information that can help improve the health of your canine and is even available for you and your family if you desire.
What does my hair tissue analysis include?
Multi-element assay (32 Elements) of hair with detailed report (approx. 8 pages) that includes:
Multi-element assay (36 Elements) of hair with detailed report (approx. 12 pages) that includes:
See an example of the laboratory report for people here.
*This analysis should not be considered diagnostice testing, but instead a tool that can provide additional information.
Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), is an analytical test which measures the mineral content of the hair. This testing comprises both nutritional elements and toxic elements. The sampled hair is prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.
Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. Second, clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or even acute exposure. Hair mineral analysis reveals a unique metabolic world of intracellular activity that can't be seen through most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.
Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency in determining toxic metal exposure. A 1980 report from the E.P.A. stated that human hair can be effectively used for biological monitoring of the highest priority toxic metals. This report confirmed the findings of other studies in the U.S. and abroad, which concluded that human hair may be a more appropriate tissue than blood or urine for studying community exposure to some trace elements.
Hair tissue mineral analysis is supported by an impressive body of literature in a variety of respected national and international scientific publications. Over the past twenty-five years hair mineral testing has been extensive. Each year in the United States alone, federally licensed clinical laboratories perform over 150,000 hair mineral assays for health care professionals interested in an additional screening aid for a comprehensive patient evaluation. This does not take into consideration the thousands of subjects used in numerous continuing research studies conducted by private and government research agencies.