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A HairQ test can assist you with:
A HairQ test can assist you with:
• finding out what minerals are missing in your dog’s diet
• detecting the levels of harmful heavy metals
• adjusting your dog’s supplement doses
• preventing disease and cancer
• preventing premature aging
• maintaining proper organ and immune system function
PLEASE NOTE: The HairQ test submission kit is now sent out to you digitally. You will NOT be receiving a package in the mail. Your order will be emailed to you shortly after placing it. The test requires a minimum of a tablespoon, or 125mg of hair, to be cut to run the test. We cannot accept hair that has been brushed out or shed, it must be cut close to the skin.
Hair is formed from clusters of matrix cells that make up the follicles. During the growth phase the hair is exposed to the internal metabolic environment such as the circulating blood, lymph and extracellular fluids.
As the hair continues to grow and reaches the surface of the skin, its outer layers harden, locking in the metabolic products accumulated during this period of hair formation. This biological process provides us with a blueprint and lasting record of nutritional metabolic activity that has occurred during this time.
Determining the levels of the elements in the hair is a highly sophisticated analytical technique. When performed to exacting standards and interpreted correctly, it may be used as a screening aid for mineral deficiencies, excesses and/or biochemical imbalances.
A HairQ test provides you with a sensitive indicator of the long-term effects of diet and toxic metal exposure.
The HairQ test results were obtained in a government licensed clinical laboratory adhering to analytical procedures that comply with government protocol.
Elements tested for:
Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, Iron, Manganese, Chromium, Selenium, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Sulfur, Uranium, Arsenic, Beryllium, Mercury, Cadmium, Lead, Aluminum, Germanium, Barium, Lithium, Nickel, Platinum, Vanadium, Strontium, Tin, Tungsten and Zirconium.
Disclaimer: The laboratory test results and the comprehensive report should not be construed as diagnostic. It is provided only as an additional source of information.
Determining, what toxic elements are present in your dog’s body is very important as their higher levels are directly linked to a variety of health conditions, a higher rate of cancer, and a shortened life span.
Here is an example of a toxic element test:
Toxic and Heavy Metal Info
U – URANIUM
Uranium is a hard, dense, malleable, ductile, silver-white, radioactive metal. Uranium metal has a very high density. When finely divided, it can react with cold water. In the air it is coated with uranium oxide, tarnishing rapidly. It is attacked by steam and acids. Uranium can form solids solutions and inter-metallic compounds with many of the metals.
Although uranium is radioactive, it is not particularly rare. It is widely spread throughout the environment and so it is impossible to avoid uranium. Uranium can be found naturally in very small amounts in rocks, soil, air and water.
In the air, the uranium concentrations are very low. Even at higher than usual concentrations in air, there is so little uranium present per cubic meter that less than one atom transfers every day.
In water most of the uranium is derived from rocks and soil that the water runs over. Some of the uranium is suspended, so that the water gets a muddy texture. Only a very small part of uranium in water settles from air. The amount of uranium in drinking water is generally very low.
Risks to dogs include drinking contaminated water, detergents, animal feeds, food additives and prescription drugs. (as a result of mining and processing of phosphate rock into fertilizers)
Uranium is found in soils in varying concentrations that are usually very low so root vegetables such as potatoes, turnips and radishes will contain small amounts of uranium that exit the body fairly quickly in your dog’s stool. (Humans add uranium to the soil through industrial activities.)
Scientists have detected no harmful radiation effects of natural levels of uranium. However, chemical effects may occur after the uptake of large amounts of uranium and these can cause health effects such as kidney disease and bone abnormalities such as cancer.
Long term exposure to uranium radionuclides may increase the probability of cancer. The risk of getting cancer is much higher from exposure to enriched uranium, because it is a more radioactive form. Enriched uranium is released in nuclear power plants.
AS – ARSENIC
Arsenic appears in three allotropic forms: yellow, black and grey. The stable form is a silver-gray, brittle crystalline solid. It tarnishes rapidly in air and at high temperatures burns, forming a white cloud of arsenic trioxide. Arsenic is a member of group Va of the periodic table, which combines readily with many elements.
The metallic form is brittle, tarnishes and when heated it rapidly oxidizes to arsenic trioxide, which has a garlic odor. The nonmetallic form is less reactive, but will dissolve when heated with strong oxidizing acids and alkalis.
Arsenic can be found naturally on earth in small concentrations. It occurs in soil and minerals and it may enter air, water and land through wind-blown dust and water run-off.
The biggest source of risk to dogs is from diets that include rice (rice absorbs arsenic from the water it is grown in more readily than any other crop) and from contaminated drinking water.
Arsenic is one of the most toxic elements that can be found. Despite its toxic effect, inorganic arsenic bonds occur on earth naturally in small amounts.
Exposure to inorganic arsenic can cause various health effects, such as irritation of the stomach and intestines, decreased production of red and white blood cells, skin changes and lung irritation. It is suggested that the uptake of significant amounts of inorganic arsenic can intensify the chances of cancer development, especially the chances of development of skin cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer and lymphatic cancer.
A very high exposure to inorganic arsenic can cause skin disturbances, declined resistance to infections, heart disruptions and brain damage. Inorganic arsenic can also damage DNA.
One hundred mg of arsenic oxide is generally considered a lethal dose.
BE – BERYLLIUM
Beryllium is a toxic bivalent element, steel-gray, strong, lightweight and primarily used as a hardening agent in alloys. Beryllium has one of the highest melting points of the light metals. It has excellent thermal conductivity, is nonmagnetic, it resists attack by concentrated nitric acid and at standard temperature and pressures beryllium resist oxidation when exposed to air.
The beryllium content of Earth’s crust is 2.6 ppm, in soil 6 ppm. Beryllium in soil can pass into plants, provided it is in a soluble form. Typical levels in plants vary between one and 40 ppb, too low to affect animals that eat these plants.
Beryllium is found in 30 different minerals, the most important of which are bertrandite, beryl, chrysoberyl and phenacite. Precious forms of beryl are aquamarine and emerald.
Although beryllium occurs in nature, the major source of its emission into the environment is through the burning of fossil fuels (primarily coal), which releases beryllium-containing particulates and ash into the atmosphere.
The most commonly known effect of beryllium is called berylliosis, a dangerous and persistent lung disorder that can also damage other organs, such as the heart. Beryllium can also cause lung cancer and increase the chances of other cancer development and DNA damage.
HG – MERCURY
Mercury is the only common metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures. Mercury is sometimes called quicksilver. It is a heavy, silvery-white liquid metal.
It alloys easily with many metals, such as gold, silver, and tin. These alloys are called amalgams.
Mercury occurs uncombined in nature to a limited extent. It rarely occurs free in nature and is found mainly in cinnabar ore (HgS) in Spain, Russia, Italy, China and Slovenia.
Mercury enters the environment as a result of the normal breakdown of minerals in rocks and soil through exposure to wind and water.
Mercury source risks for your dog include a fish based diet, Omega oils made with fish, vaccinations, some prescription medications and environmental contamination.
Mercury has a number of effects on humans that can all be simplified into the following:
• Disruption of the nervous system and brain function
• DNA damage and chromosomal damage
• Allergic reactions, resulting in skin rashes, tiredness and headaches
• Negative reproductive effects, such as sperm damage, birth defects and miscarriages
CD – CADMIUM
Cadmium is a lustrous, silver-white, ductile, very malleable metal. Its surface has a bluish tinge and the metal is soft enough to be cut with a knife, but it tarnishes in air. It is soluble in acids, but not in alkalis. It is similar in many respects to zinc but it forms more complex compounds.
Cadmium can mainly be found in the Earth’s crust. It always occurs in combination with zinc. Cadmium is an inevitable byproduct of zinc, lead and copper extraction. After being applied, it enters the environment mainly through the ground because it is found in manures and pesticides.
Naturally a very large amount of cadmium is released into the environment, about 25,000 tons a year. About half of this cadmium is released into rivers through weathering of rocks and some cadmium is released into the air through forest fires and volcanoes. The rest of the cadmium is released through human activities, such as manufacturing.
Uptake of cadmium takes place mainly through food. Foodstuffs that are rich in cadmium can greatly increase the cadmium concentration in the body. Examples are liver, mushrooms, shellfish, mussels, and dried seaweed. (Cocoa powder, which is toxic for dogs is high in cadmium)
Dogs that are subjected to second hand smoke are also exposed to significantly higher cadmium levels.
Some health effects that can be caused by cadmium are:
• Diarrhea, stomach pains and severe vomiting
• Bone fracture
• Reproductive failure and possibly even infertility
• Damage to the central nervous system
• Damage to the immune system
• Psychological disorders
• Possibly DNA damage or cancer development
PB – LEAD
Lead is a bluish-white lustrous metal. It is very soft, highly malleable, ductile and a relatively poor conductor of electricity. It is very resistant to corrosion, but tarnishes when exposed to air. Lead isotopes are the end product of each of the three series of naturally occurring radioactive elements.
Native lead is rare in nature. Lead is usually found in ore with zinc, silver and copper and it is extracted together with these metals.
Lead occurs naturally in the environment. However, most lead concentrations found in the environment are a result of human activities. Due to the application of lead in gasoline, an unnatural lead-cycle has occurred. When lead was burned in car engines it created lead salts (chlorines, bromines, oxides).
Risk of exposure to your dog include soil contamination, toys, gasoline exhaust, food packaging and glazing on ceramic food and water dishes.
Lead can cause several unwanted effects, such as:
• Disruption of the biosynthesis of hemoglobin and anemia
• A rise in blood pressure
• Kidney damage
• Disruption of nervous systems
• Brain damage
• Declined fertility through sperm damage
• Diminished learning abilities
• Behavioral problems, such as aggression, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity
Lead can enter a fetus through the placenta of the mother and can cause serious damage to the nervous system and the brain.
AL – ALUMINUM
Aluminum is a soft and lightweight metal. It has a dull silvery appearance because of a thin layer of oxidation that forms quickly when it is exposed to air. Aluminum is nontoxic as a metal, nonmagnetic and non-sparking.
Aluminum has only one naturally occurring isotope, aluminium-27, which is not radioactive.
Aluminum is believed to make up 7.5 percent to 8.1 percent of the Earth’s crust. Aluminum is very rare in its free form.
Aluminum is a reactive metal and it is hard to extract it from ore and aluminum oxide (Al2O3). Aluminum is among the most difficult metals on earth to refine.
Sources of risk for your dog include canned food, vaccines, processed cheese, dairy products, potatoes and spinach (soil contamination) drinking water, colloidal mineral supplements and cooking your dogs food in aluminum cookware or in foil.
Aluminum uptake can take place through food, breathing and by skin contact. Long lasting uptakes of significant concentrations of aluminum can lead to serious health effects, such as:
• Damage to the central nervous system
• Severe trembling
Cooking your dog’s meal with aluminum dishes or foil is not recommended.
Here Are Some Interesting Result Examples:
Patient on GreenMin (natural mineral supplement)
* Please note while the graph example above displays Boron, the lab no longer tests for this mineral.
These results are from a patient that was getting a synthetic vitamin and mineral supplement. As you can see the only mineral that absorbed was Selenium and it was in excess, other minerals didn’t absorb.
* Please note while the graph example above displays Boron, the lab no longer tests for this mineral.
LOW MINERALS IN GENERAL?
In general, we recommend a natural, cooked or raw diet for your dog. However, the ultimate decision is yours. We hope that a HairQ test will be a useful tool to see if you dog’s diet is or is not deficient.
STEP 1 – SUPPLEMENT GREENMIN ( ALL NATURAL BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SOURCE)
STEP 2 – REPEAT HAIRQ TEST IN FOUR TO SIX MONTHS AFTER STARTING GREENMIN
STEP 3 – IF MINERALS LEVELS ARE STILL LOW
• Ensure that supplements are given regularly and the correct dose has been measured
• If the above is not a problem, increase GreenMin dose by 50 percent. Different dogs may have a varied ability to absorb nutrients and require higher supplement doses
STEP 4 – REPEAT HAIRQ TEST IN FOUR TO SIX MONTHS
Please note that the HairQ test price includes the test only, Dr. Dobias does not offer consultations on the results of your test.
LOW IRON (FE)?
It appears that iron deficiency is relatively common and this mineral may need extra supplementation. If your dogs iron levels are low, we recommend a bioavailable iron supplement.
For more info on iron, read the iron paragraph in the “Mineral tab” on this page.
LOW COBALT (CO)?
It appears that Cobalt deficiency is relatively common in dogs and it needs to be supplemented separately. If your dogs iron levels are low, we recommend a VitaminB12 + Cobalt Supplement.
For more info on iron, read the iron paragraph in the “Mineral tab” on this page
HIGH MINERALS IN GENERAL
High minerals, in general, are very uncommon. If you have received HairQ test results and some of the elements appear to be too high click on the tab “Minerals tab” or “Heavy Metals tab” to get more information about each mineral and their sources. It is our opinion that synthetically made supplements and additives appear to create excess more frequently. If you see a general excess of minerals, we recommend you switch to a natural mineral supplement. If you are already giving such supplement, reduce the dose by 50 percent and retest with HairQ in four months.
HIGH INDIVIDUAL MINERALS
High individual minerals can sometimes appear if your dog is exposed to sources that are high in a particular element.
Here are some examples:
Zinc – Zinc based sunscreen
Boron – using Borax for cleaning or laundry (please note while the graph example above displays Boron, the lab no longer tests for this mineral)
If your dog appears to be high in a certain mineral and you need more information, please click on the “Mineral tab” on this page and refer to a mineral of your interest.
What is the best shampoo to use before cutting a hair sample and do I need to wash my dog before cutting a hair sample?
The lab thoroughly washes all hair samples that come in for canine testing.
There is no need to wash your dog before cutting the hair sample. If you use a medicated shampoo, be aware some shampoos have elements that can be absorbed into the hair follicle and may appear at a high level without being present in the body. Some shampoos contain zinc for instance.
How do you test my dog's hair when the test is sent digitally?
The instruction kit and submission form are sent out digitally for you to fill out and send back to us with your dog’s hair sample, which the lab will test..
How long does it take to get results after I send in the test with the sample?
Results can be expected within four to eight weeks.
Will the test tell me why my dog likes or dislikes certain foods or has a certain medical condition?
The test results will show the deficiencies and toxicities in your dog. HairQ Test results are for additional information only. They are not indicative of any medical problems but can help lead you in the right direction for seeking diagnostic testing if your dog is experiencing any symptoms that are unexplained.
What is the earliest I can get my dog's hair tested
Between six to 12 months will give a good benchmark of the minerals and heavy metals in your dog’s body. Tests can be run on younger dogs, however, when testing puppies under six months the results reflect what the mother has passed on.
I switched my dog to raw food and supplements two months ago. Should I wait to do the HairQ test?
The HairQ Test measures your dog’s metabolic snapshot from four to six months before the hair is cut when it is being formed inside the body. It takes a few months before you will see the difference in your dog’s test results from implementing a raw food diet and supplements. We recommend doing the test now and then doing it again about six months later to see the effects and benefits.
Can I collect shed hair rather than cutting a sample?
No, you can’t collect shed hair. The hair has to be cut to get an accurate sample of what’s going on metabolically in your dog. The equipment used for the test is extremely delicate and hair that has the root attached will plug the machine. For this reason, any hair that is not cut is discarded and will not be processed.
Approximately one full tablespoon or 125mg by weight of cut hair is required for the testing.
How do I send in my sample?
We recommend sending your sample to us using the least expensive option through your local post office that includes tracking. Because the results are not time-sensitive, there is no need to use express shipping options or signature required options.
The samples will be sent to a PO Box address meaning all samples must be sent by the postal service. Samples sent by courier will be returned to the customer at the shipper’s expense, as we do not have a physical location for courier deliveries.
We will send you out a confirmation email when we receive the sample so you know that it has arrived and will start processing.
If you are sending your sample from outside of CANADA, you must use a customs value of ZERO ($0.00) on your shipment to avoid having the sample returned to you.
How do I read the results? Is a consultation included?
Although a consultation is not included, a supporting document with a general outline of the most common toxins and mineral deficiencies is provided along with the test results. Information on the HairQ product page may be useful and we recommend doing some research online about your unique test results.