1. "Woodie", a young male yellow Labrador retriever, has suffered with allergies for two and a half years. He has food intolerances, environmental allergies, and vaccine reactions. He had been taking steroids and immune suppressive drugs, but still had horrible itching and skin infections. Since starting a home-cooked diet, BICOM therapy and reducing his medications, he has been steadily improving. The owners went away for 2 weeks, leaving Woodie with their son, who has a cat. Woodie's condition worsened (he may have also eaten some of the cat's food), and when he came back in for another evaluation we used the environmental allergy biosurvey to test for new stresses. The ZYTO testing indicated the cat was a significant allergen for him, and it even pinpointed the BICOM substance complex "Allergy, cat hairs"! We did the BICOM treatment protocol, and by the next day his itching had subsided.
2. "Blue", a middle-aged male black Labrador retriever, also suffered for years with allergies that presented as breathing difficulty or asthma, which progressed to episodes of seizures or syncope. The owner was distraught and at her wits end when she first brought Blue in for an evaluation in 2008, because numerous examinations by internal medicine specialists had failed to identify the cause of Blue's health problems. He had been repeatedly anesthetized and his airways scoped, cultured and even biopsied, with the only recommendation being steroid treatment for life. We started BICOM therapy, identified his allergies, changed his diet, and Blue began making remarkable progress toward full health. His health became 'the best it's ever been", according to the owner, when all of a sudden he developed a seemingly new problem: he was hallucinating and flinching whenever someone tried to touch him! His physical exam findings were normal, and there was no history of access to toxins. As I had just acquired the ZYTO software and scanned in the Substance Complex programs from the Optima, we gave it a try. The preferred program was "Exposure / Stress -- PCP". Well, how do you ask an owner if someone slipped their dog an illegal hallucinogenic drug?! But something way back in my memories from pharmacology class in veterinary school came forward: PCP, also known as "angel dust", has chemical properties similar to Ketamine, which is an anesthetic drug commonly used in veterinary patients. Blue was actually re-experiencing the effects of the Ketamine that was repeatedly administered to anesthetize him. He was detoxifying, and this stored toxin was recirculating before exiting his body. So, we did the BICOM therapy as the testing indicated, and within 5 minutes he became a normal, happy dog again. There is NO WAY I would have figured out what was wrong without the help of the ZYTO!
Shauna Ault, DVM