Saya's healthy waist to chest ratio (notice the gentle-lead harness).
Many dog guardians are already aware of the harm that commercial dog foods cause and are feeding their dogs a species appropriate diet. Yet, their dogs may still have health or behavior problems. Confusing but not uncommon, this occurs for several reasons; there is an inadequate detoxification response, the animal is born with nutrient deficiencies, has taken up toxins in the womb, or has been exposed to environmental toxins. Stress causes imbalances also. Most rescue dogs experience high levels of stress and/or chronic stressors.
Saya, Lacey, and Rufio.
Lacey Crispigna is a veterinary technician, a rescue dog Foster Care Leader, a pet photographer, an advocate of species appropriate feeding (and Animal Elite colleague). Her foster animal Saya had an unknown background, so Lacey decided to test if toxicity issues might explain some unwanted behavior. An hTMA biopsy was performed to determine mineral levels, ratios and the presence of toxic metals. Here are Saya's results:
Figure 1: The graph shows Saya's first hair tissue mineral analysis (hTMA). Despite the excellent diet that Saya was being fed, many of her nutrient minerals appear low, particularly iron. Iron deficiency is common today. She also shows evidence of both arsenic and aluminum in her tissues. Aluminum is a neurotoxin that can induce behavioral agitation, it also can cause anemia due to its antagonistic effect on iron. Arsenic toxicity can cause numerous problems (see information below).
Figure 2: This graph shows Saya's second hTMA (four months later). Saya was given some diet recommendations and mineral supplements to help correct imbalances. As you can see in the graph, nutrient mineral levels are adjusting. Now that Saya is being provided with the needed preferred minerals, more toxins are being mobilized (visible by the increase in the arsenic and aluminum levels in the tissues). As toxins are mobilized and eliminated, the irritation they cause can raise tissue sodium levels due to the initiation of the stress response.
Rufio and Saya.