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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hair Mineral Analysis

This is an invaluable diagnostic tool that can provide insight into your horse's mineral balance.A hair analysis is done by submitting a hair sample taken from your horse's mane.  The analysis will reveal the mineral levels as well as heavy metals. You will receive a thorough explanation of each mineral and metal. 

Why is this important?  Minerals are critical for the biological processes of the body.   For example; too much magnesium can produce symptoms such as diarrhea, fatigue, and muscle weakness; too much calcium can cause body stiffness, tendency toward colic, defensive attitude, joint pain and metabolic disorders. 
Heavy metals revealed in the toxic level can cause many health and attitude problems for your horse.  These toxic metals are found in contaminated water and soil which results in feed absorbing these toxins.  Pesticides and vaccinations are another source of heavy metals.  These metals interfere with the chemical processes in the body and are deadly to the cells if allowed to accumulate.

Commonly detected heavy metals are lead, arsenic, aluminum, nickel, cadmium and mercury.  If any of these are found to be in the toxic range, it is most likely your horse will be exhibiting symptoms related to the toxicity.  
For example:  a horse with toxic cadmium levels will show signs of respiratory conditions, allergies, and sinus irritation.  Toxic aluminum levels can have symptoms such as colic, excess gas, ulcers, diarrhea, anemia, and difficulty concentrating. A nickel toxicity level can exhibit symptoms such as infections, electrolyte imbalances, back pain, skin problems, cancer and respiratory problems.

A hair mineral analysis is the most accurate way to detect the presence of heavy metals and mineral imbalances.  The lab that is used to do the test plays an important role as to the accuracy.  For best results I recommend going through DePaolo Equine Concepts to order the test.

You will receive a thorough explanation of the test along with a consultation with Dr. DePaolo.   He will customize a supplement for your horse that will balance the minerals and help to remove the metal toxicity.   This is a highly effective way to keep your horse healthy and assure you are providing the proper minerals in the diet. 

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