We love our dogs and horses and want them to be happy and healthy too!!
Hair tissue mineral analysis is a non-invasive test measuring the levels of nutrients and toxic minerals found in hair. It can detect an excess or deficiency of nutrient minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc or copper and also identify over exposure to toxic metals such as arsenic, aluminium, cadmium, lead and mercury. HTMA enables you to adapt diet, mineral and vitamin supplements to meet the bio-individual needs of each animal!
The Gold Standard in trace element pathology.
The HTMA report provides reliable clinical data on up to 33 nutrient and toxic minerals, 27 significant mineral ratios for animals and a comprehensive interpretive report*
The interpretive report provides a detailed nutritional health discussion of test results commenting on mineral balances, ratios, endocrine and performance indexes, areas of concern and possible contributing factors
Calcium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Sulphur, Zinc, Boron*
Toxic minerals Aluminium, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Uranium, Antimony* Additional minerals Barium, Germanium, Lithium, Nickel, Platinum, Strontium, Tin, Tungsten, Vanadium, Zirconium
*Additional Fee Applies
To take the hair sample, ensure that the hair has been washed thoroughly, untreated, rinsed completely and dried. Cut the hair close to the skin, in a few small portions, and from several areas on the back of the neck.
For a horse sample, cut several sections from the lower section of the mane.
The area is similar for a canine sample, take several sections from above and below the collar, avoiding any area where topical treatments are applied. Cut hair as close to the skin as possible.
Scissors should be high-grade stainless steel or plastic to avoid contamination. The length should not be more than 4cm, retain the proximal (root) portion and discard the rest. This part reflects the most recent metabolic activity. The amount of hair necessary for analysis is quarter of a gram, or approximately one tablespoon of hair, which should be placed in the sample collection envelope provided.
Hair tissue mineral analysis is a non-invasive test that measures the levels of nutrients and toxic metals found in the hair. It can detect an excess or deficiency of nutrient minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It can also identify over exposure to toxic metals such as arsenic, aluminium, cadmium and lead.
The test provides reliable clinical data on 32 nutrient and toxic minerals, 27 significant mineral ratios and a comprehensive interpretive report. Our report features detailed medical discussion of test results commenting on mineral balances, ratios, endocrine and performance indexes, areas of concern and possible contributing factors.
Mineral imbalances in animals could appear as a rough coat, flakey skin, poor growth, eating dirt, de-barking trees, tooth decay. Mineral deficiencies as well as excesses can lead to ill health and disease. The comprehensive results give an indicator of the long term effects of diet, stress and toxic metal exposure.
Diet, stress and exposure to heavy metals can all upset optimal mineral balances. Horses and dogs can be exposed to a variety of sources of contamination in their everyday environments. Food, water, food containers, building materials (CCA treated wood, lead based paint), pesticides and land that has been exposed to industrial pollution can all offer exposure to heavy metals, as well as high levels of nutritional elements. These minerals can build up over time and affect overall health.
Test results are usually available 10 – 15 days from the date the lab receives the sample. Request forms and hair sachets will be sent upon payment of test.