by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© February 2018, LD Wilson consultants, Inc.


            Many people ask about using the principles of development and hair mineral analysis to help the health of their pets and other animal species.  The answer is that it can be extremely helpful, as helpful as it is for people.  Here are a few general principles about its use, followed by some specific suggestions:

All the principles of hair analysis interpretation by the method of Dr. Paul Eck apply to the animal species.  In fact, animals are much easier to work with because their diets are easy to control, their mental and emotional makeup is simpler, and their stress levels are lower in most cases.  For those who work with animals, a few pointers may be helpful:


¯  Normal mineral values differ for each species and, at times, for different breeds of animals.

¯  Be sure to obtain a clean hair or fur sample. A simple way is to wipe the sampling area with rubbing alcohol first to clean it.  Do not use water, as this may wash out some water-soluble minerals.

¯  Sodium/potassium ratios are lower in animals.  In most cases, the normal Na/K is about 0.5.  The ratio can rise very high in some pets when the animal is under stress, however.

¯  Often changing the feed is enough to cause significant changes in the body chemistry of animals.  This, plus a few simple supplements, often causes rapid healing.  The fine-tuning and years of retracing required with some human beings are rarely required, greatly simplifying the application of development therapy.

¯  In our experience, development veterinary science would save farmers, ranchers, livestock and pet owners billions of dollars in unnecessary disability and cost.  It would also greatly extend the lifespan of many animals and contribute greatly to their wellbeing.

¯  Problems with drinking water supplies are very important for some cases of animal health and disease.  We know this is a difficult area, in that some larger animals such as cows and horses drink a lot of water, so bringing in spring water, for example, is costly.

            However, livestock drinking water supplies and wells can be filtered to remove toxic metals and high levels of iron, manganese, aluminum, selenium and other minerals that must be removed for health livestock and other animals.  In a few cases, it may even be possible to find a nearby spring to use instead of a contaminated well.  This is how important drinking water is for our animals.

¯  All animals today need not only excellent feed, but they all need certain nutritional supplements.  This is a hard and fast rule, if you wish to have healthy animals.  The amounts of nutrients contained in even the best dog or cat food, or the best hay, silage or pastureland, is just not sufficient for todayÕs animals.  Please know this, and please always supplement your animals with certain nutrients.

The most important and most overlooked of these is zinc.  This is also a hard and fast rule that applies across the board in the animal world, as far as I have studied the subject.  For some reason, however, many veterinarians and animal scientists skip this critical nutrient or give much too little of it.  Most animals need about one-half milligram of supplemental zinc per pound, in addition to whatever is in their feed.  



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