Fur Mineral and Heavy Metal Analysis
Order an FMHM Analysis
Blood levels of minerals and electrolytes (things like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium) need to stay in a narrow range to support life. The body maintains this balance by pushing or pulling these minerals and electrolytes from the tissues (including fur) of the body. For this reason, fur samples are often a more useful way to assess the nutritional and metabolic state of the individual. For example, if calcium in the diet is low or it is being lost due to a metabolic or disease state, the blood level will be maintained at a normal level. However, the calcium level in the fur will be low.
Fur samples give us a picture of average levels over about the last 3 months, so it guides our supplementation and treatment where the patient really needs it. We aren't over-treating transient issues. We use the information gained through FMHM analysis along with a complete clinical history and routine blood tests to assess which organs are most likely being affected by any imbalances. When looking at blood tests, we use a narrower normal range than presented by veterinary clinical laboratories. This is because "normal" ranges reported by laboratories include patients that have disease but are preclinical - they appear healthy, but have early organ dysfunction. By combining all these tools, we can greatly improve our ability to treat disbalances before they become serious illness, reduce stress, improve athletic ability, improve quality of life and enhance longevity.
We can use FMHM to evaluate stress level, gland activity (adrenals and thyroid), metabolic rate, gut health, carbohydrate handling/sensitivity, dietary requirements, immune system function, inflammation level, and exposure to environmental toxins.
An example of two relatively common issues we see are under functioning thyroid (dogs) and over functioning thyroid (cats). If we see a high calcium/potassium ratio on a fur sample, this indicates a slow thyroid. In this case, the thyroid may still be able to produce enough thyroid hormone to test normal on a blood test.
Using FMHM analysis allows us to treat early and prevent issues from worsening to a state that is dependent on drug therapy. We can correct the functional problem in the glands, metabolic disturbances, stress and inflammation before they cause irreversible physical changes to the tissues.
We recommend FMHM analysis for all patients under our care with symptoms or known disease every 3 months until we have corrected any abnormalities, then every 6-12 months. For healthy individuals, we recommend yearly FMHM analysis to check for any early issues and maintain optimal radiant health.
Collecting and Submitting a Sample for Fur Mineral and Heavy Metal Analysis
The accuracy of a mineral analysis depends upon many factors. While the laboratory is responsible for the technical aspects of the test, the results will only be as good as the sample that is sent. The more care that is exercised by the person taking the sample, the more accurate the results will be.
Hair Sample Guidelines
Hair that has not been washed for more than four or five days is more prone to environmental contamination. If a salt-based water softener is used in the home, hair sodium levels may be affected. Dogs that swim in the ocean regularly will need to be kept out of it for several days and washed 1 - 2 days prior to collection.
The sample should be taken between four and twenty hours after washing. This allows the hair to reequilibrate after washing.
- Conditioner may be used but should be washed out. Leave-in conditioner is not recommended as it may affect the sample.
If your pet's hair is unable to be washed, clean the hair with rubbing alcohol before taking the sample.
125 milligrams of clean hair is needed (approximately one (1) tablespoon)
Hair sample should not be any longer than 1 ½ inches in length, cut off any long ends
For long-haired animals, use the end closest to the skin
- Do not pull up on the fur to tense the hair when cutting with scissors. This could result in cutting the skin. Use a comb as a barrier between the skin and scissors.
Collecting the sample
Use clean scissors or clippers to collect the sample. Clean the scissors or clippers with rubbing alcohol and cotton ball before use
Collect at least one (1) full tablespoon of clean hair. A problem at the laboratory arises when too little hair is sent
Put hair in a clean paper envelope. Do not put hair directly into a plastic bag
Print your name, your pet’s name, date collected, and area of body where the hair was collected on the envelope.
When retesting, samples should be taken from the same general area as the original sample, if at all possible.
Hair does not deteriorate with time and the sample can be stored in a clean, dry environment indefinitely
Send samples to:
Animal Healing Arts
PO Box 7227
Cotati, CA 94931
Once received, we will contact you to schedule a consultation in 4 weeks to review the results.
Please contact us with any questions: 707-584-7387