Grandma Lucy’s, a manufacturer of freeze-dried pet food and treats, has teamed up with world-renowned Dr. Jean Dodds DVM and Nutriscan to create The Nutriscan Project by Grandma Lucy’s.
Using Grandma Lucy’s network of more than 3,000 pet product retailers across the US, Nutriscan and Grandma Lucy’s will expand the reach of the Nutriscan salivary diagnostic test and to make it available through exclusive pet food dealers.
“Together our mission is to match pets with their perfect diet to help eliminate ailments such as itching, scratching or upset stomachs caused by food intolerances or sensitivities,” the companies said in a joint statement.
Nutriscan is the only clinically predictable diagnostic test for dogs, cats and horses to identify the commonly seen food intolerances and sensitivities in saliva. The Nutriscan test is patent protected in the United States and internationally with scientific backing. Food intolerance is the third most common sensitivity condition in dogs and often can be easily remedied with a change in diet. This test measures antibodies to certain foods in dog saliva testing for 24 of the most commonly eaten foods. High antibody levels indicate that the dog has a food sensitivity or intolerance to that food.
“Our dog, Lucy, was 11 years old when she started becoming extremely picky about what she would and would not eat,” said Breann Shook, co-owner of Grandma Lucy’s. “All of her skin allergies made it difficult to find a food or treat on the market she could eat. This is the reason we started Grandma Lucy’s back in 1999. Lucy’s story would read just like many of the hundreds of dogs Dr. Jean Dodds DVM has helped over her 50-year career. Her drive to help pet parents identify their pet’s food sensitivities is what led to her invention of the Nutriscan diagnostic test. Both of us sharing the same passion to bring safe and healthy foods to pets across the world is what connected us. The next step seemed quite natural, and The Nutriscan Project by Grandma Lucy’s was formed. With such diverse lines of food, Grandma Lucy’s most always has a match for even the most drastic sensitivity in pets.”
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