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Thanks April. Glad your baby is better!
I have both bookmarked this site & forwarded the information to both of my vets. Since it can be air-mailed (must be rc'vd. w/in 10 days) I think they could use it from here even!
I love SM for this reason too!

Thanks, Sandi! I'm glad she is better, too and I hope she will stay that way! Yes, you CAN send them the test kit from "across the pond".:HistericalSmiley:They say the saliva sample is viable for 30 days. I did note that the number of foods they can test for will expand so this is a great test as currently, it is the only one I know of that can definitively test for food antigens. The only other way I know of is through food trials which can be time-consuming, expensive, not to mention the pain and suffering this can cause our sweet fluffs especially if there is also an underlying condition. Thank you Dr Dodds!!!:chili::chili:
 

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I want to point out that an allergy and an intolerance are two different things. Allergies in dogs most often involve itching although this can be caused by something in food. An intolerance involves gurgly stomach, loose stools, and/or vomiting. I respectfully disagree with "a lot of holistic vets" that there is no such thing as IBD and that it is all food-related. Just because the dog has food sensitivities does not mean the dog does not have an IBD and to rotate diets for IBD dogs could be catastrophic. IBD can be a serious condition that needs to be monitored by a qualified veterinarian. Here is a good link on IBD written by a veterinary internist but there is a lot of good info out there
www.halopets.com/pet-education/pet-articles/Inflammatory-Bowel-Disease-in-Dogs.html
Sorry, I need to correct myself. I wasn't clear and I don't want to mislead anyone. I meant to say that a food allergy and a food intolerance are different. As was mentioned previously, an allergy has to due with the immune system, whereas a food intolerance does not. A dog can have vomiting & diarrhea with either an allergy or an intolerance. It is confusing, to say the least. :blink:
 
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