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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

                                                     What is the Nutritional Blood Test (NBT)? 
              The Nutritional Blood Test, or NBT, is a diagnostic tool used by veterinarians who recognize the importance of 
                     integrating nutrition with patient care. The NBT assesses the health of internal organs and the available vitamins, 
                  minerals and enzymes required for the metabolic processes. Using blood results and medical history, the NBT 
                prioritizes the nutrients required to help optimize organ function and balance metabolism. 

             It then matches the results to specific Nutraceuticals that support a clinical response. The NBT nutritional therapy is 
             adjunctive to your other methods of treatment. In addition, the supplements that comprise the NBT Nutraceutical 
             Therapy can help improve chronic conditions and support the healing process. Even if the patient is already using 
                  supplements, the NBT enhances the ability to dispense them effectively. 

             How does the NBT work? 
             The levels of certain chemicals in the blood are the end result of the metabolic processes and the utilization or 
             excretion of these metabolic wastes from the body. The NBT looks beyond chemical testing and quantitative assays to
     identify deficiencies or imbalances due to poor nutrient absorption, utilization or metabolism. One contributing factor 
             to the reported steady rise in chronic degenerative diseases in animals is the inadequate levels of vitamins, minerals, 
     enzymes and vital nutrients found in many commercially prepared foods. Over time the animal’s nutrient reserves 
     can become depleted, paving the way to disease. The NBT is a valuable tool for helping to correct these imbalances 
             and guiding sick animals back to health. 

     The Optimum Range 
     Within the normal blood reference range, there are subtle gradations of tissue integrity and organ efficiency that can 
     be measured. The NBT assessment relies on an Optimum Range, an additional set of parameters that are narrower 
     than the traditional reference range and in which organs and metabolic processes are functioning at peak efficiency. 
     Results outside of the optimum range do not necessarily indicate disease. They do, however, indicate that a particular 
     organ system is not functioning at optimal efficiency and may require nutritional support. Just as the interpretation 
     outside the normal range forms the basis for the diagnosis of a specific disease, the optimum range interpretation
     forms the basis for determining optimal- not just “passable”- health. The NBT compares the blood results to the 
     optimum range. When a value falls outside of the optimum range, the underlying physiology and metabolism, as well 
     as the specific glands involved and nutrients used by the body for these processes, are assessed. The assessment is 
     further evaluated in combination with the diagnosis and the clinical signs, resulting in a recommended NBT 
             Nutraceutical Program that is specific to your animal. 

     What are the benefits of the NBT? 
     The NBT is not only beneficial as adjunctive therapy for serious ailments, but also for preventing disease in apparently 
     healthy animals. While the NBT has historically been utilized for patients with chronic disorders, and increasing 
     number of veterinarians and their patients have begun to utilize the NBT in wellness and preventative veterinary 
     care. The NBT is based on the principle that changes occur in the blood before symptoms appear. Since the NBT can 
     help to identify nutrient imbalances and early warning signs of impending disease, it is the ideal tool to incorporate 
     into regular physical examinations. 

     How can I get an NBT? 

              • Through strategic partners, like AnTech Diagnostics. Animal Nutrition Technologies is the exclusive provider                             of nutritional blood testing through Antech Diagnostics, and your NBT request can be submitted directly to                                 Antech for processing. Please contact your local Antech representative at 800-972-1001 for updated                                         pricing. 

                                                                                         1.  Two vials of blood are required, red top serum separator and lavender top.                                                                                                                                                  2.  Fill out Antech Form #9945 NBT Questionnaire (Click for a sample form) which calls  
                                                                                              for the following tests under the NBT (see download, or contact Antech Diagnostics.) 
                                                                                              Complete Blood Count (CBC), Superchem (w/LDH) for total chemical, and Thyroid (T-4) 
                          3.  Submit the blood and proper forms directly to Antech Diagnostics.

              • Outside Blood Analysis Providers. Animal Nutrition Technologies is happy to accept blood analyses from                             different providers such as Idexx, or Abaxis. 

                                                     1.  Simply submit the results of your blood analysis for CBC, Superchem (w/LDH), and T-4 (or 
  2.  Fill out Animal Nutrition Technologies’ NBT Questionnaire. 
          3.  Send by mail, fax, or e-mail to: Animal Nutrition Technologies 
               1175 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880 
       Office: 888-533-5162 
               Fax: 866-433-1559 

     How long before I receive the results? 
             Within 72 hours after receiving the results from the blood analysis, your NBT report will be faxed to your 

     Once I receive the results, what’s next? 
     Once you receive the NBT results, call our toll-free number 888-533-5162 to schedule an appointment for a 
     complimentary vet-to-vet consultation with our clinically experienced veterinary staff who will interpret the results, 
     and the recommended Nutraceutical therapy. After consulting with your client, simply fill out the order form for the 
     prescribed therapy included within your NBT report, and call, fax, or e-mail us to place the order. 

     What does the Nutraceutical Therapy consist of? 
     Typically the program consists of a custom blended Nutraceutical powder containing glandulars, vitamins, minerals, 
     and enzymes specific to each patient’s NBT results. Liquid herbs and homeopathics may also be prescribed based on 
     the results. 

     How often should I have an NBT done? 

              • Healthy animals (ages 1-7): Every year 
              • Seniors (ages 7+): Every 6 months 
              • Chronically diseased animals: Every 6 months 
              • Seriously ill animals: Every 3 months

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