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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: hair analysis

Hello Della,

I believe you are talking about Dr. Mark DePaolo. He is an excellent veterinarian and believes in the benefits of hair analysis. We agree on many things, but I am very skeptical about hair analysis results simply because the hair is dead tissue, and exposure to sun, water, sprays, etc. will change its mineral composition. I find blood tests to be far more reliable, especially when it comes to selenium.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

There is a vet who seems to like hair analysis who comes to our barn, uses it to balance horses minerals. I have always heard blood tests are best for this, especially for things like selenium which can be toxic. Is Hair Analysis a reliable form to use? Thanks! Della

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio