best test to determine food sensitivity ?

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    Peter S

    Hi, I’m trying to figure out which way to test my 3-yr old lab for food sensitivity(s). I’m referring to an actual blood/saliva type of test and not a food-rotation/elimination type of test. I recently read about Dr Dodds’ Nutriscan saliva test and the limited (biased ?) online reviews I saw were pretty much all positive, but then I asked my local vet about it and she said that the test wasn’t reliable enough. I have also heard about some sort of “muscle-testing” but haven’t yet followed up with any research about that. I’m hoping that the very knowledgeable posters here at DFA can help me out with some advice on this topic !

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    Both the blood and saliva tests are known for giving both false negatives and false positives. Good for you for having a vet that knows this. Dogs react in more different ways than people do and the tests do not test for all these different types of reactions. The only reliable way to test for food sensitivities is a properly run elimination diet.

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