Nutrition – Page 3 – Dr. Ava Frick



Every dysfunction or condition or disease has to some degree a nutritional deficit or abundance or inability to assimilate or absorb or manufacture or utilize nutrients. Nutrients that a body needs can be made up of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and moisture including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, amino acids, or fatty acids. This will be magnified by deficits in electrical potentials and circulation and the presence of viruses, bacteria, parasites, heavy metals, chemicals, and toxins.

Each cycle of action in a body depends on an intensely integrated balance. If even one component is off others shift, leading to compensations between the blood and tissue that eventually will present as a disease. Taking the initiative to view each dysfunction from a nutritional perspective allows the body the opportunity to heal without the side effects of drugs. Given the proper nutrition your pet has amazing capabilities of healing itself. I believe that nutrition should be individualized to meet each pet’s breed and personal needs. When the diet is not enough, then vitamin and mineral supplements can be added.

Utilizing Tissue Mineral Analysis testing, the core nutritional needs can be determined and customized programs created. I can help doctors learn how to interpret the test and create a nutritional practice. Or I can help a pet owner in finding the answers to their animals needs.


Telemedicine allows you to tap into our veterinary resources and expertise even though you are not living nearby.
Once you submit certain information and samples to Dr. Ava Frick she will assess the information and test the samples. Dr. Ava Frick will then go over the results and findings on the phone with you and provide you with a recommendation for treatment for your pet.

Telemedicine Form

Tissue Mineral Analysis

Fur Analysis is a Mineral Blueprint

Providing a mineral blueprint of one’s biochemistry a fur tissue mineral analysis can provide pertinent information about your animal’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.  A hair tissue mineral analysis is considered a standard test, used around the world for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in humans and animals species. Fur, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the fur grows.  A sample of fur cut close to the skin provides information about the mineral activity in the fur that took place over the past three to four months.

Dr. Frick and her research was published by the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association in the Fall 2017 issue.  She is very excited about this recognition.  Read the publication here.  Then contact her to see how she can help you help animals by utilizing this test modality.

Examples of Fur Analysis Results

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pdf Fur Analysis Test Results #1
pdf Fur Analysis Test Results #2

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pdf Telemedicine Forms
pdf Fur Analysis Form

Scientific Report: Tissue Mineral Analysis Patterns in 564 Dogs

Abstract: Tissue Mineral Analysis (TMA) is a technique using soft tissue hair or fur biopsy that provides a reading of the mineral deposition in the cells and interstitial spaces of the hair over a 2 to 3 month period. TMA can be used to understand metabolism. It is another scientific measure that can expand our understanding of health and processes that impact illness in dogs. Mineral excess or deficiency is known to produce certain physical and psychological symptoms. The correlation of TMA results with clinical signs seen in patients is discussed in this paper.

Tissue mineral levels and electrolyte patterns of calcium(Ca), magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na), and potassium (K) were analyzed in 564 dogs (300 male, 264 female; 99% neutered or spayed) of variable breeds. Their ages ranged from 1 to 15 years. Cases included all dogs presented to the
authors within a 12-year period.

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Online Courses: Animal Nutrition

Both of the below courses are offered by Dr. Ava Frick on E-Training for Dogs.

Intro to Canine Nutrition

Course Information: This high quality on-line course, Building Better Bodies- Intro to Canine Nutrition, is a canine nutrition course that is current in its content, enlightening in data presented,enjoyable, and applicable for every dog you own, treat, or work with. This canine nutrition course will introduce you to whole food nutrition; meaning utilizing real foods and the nutrients within to glean value and energy in what is eaten. It will build upon this by defining vitamins and minerals, looking at where these can be derived in nature as well as basic nutrient requirements for dogs. Formulations, dietary options, processing, and nutrigenomics will also be presented. You will have the opportunity to learn how to read labels and then try your new skills either on-line or at a store. Selecting whole food supplements is introduced and the course closes with tools to determine a dog’s nutritional status using fur analysis and a body systems questionnaire.

Intro to Canine Nutrition

Advanced Canine Nutrition

Purpose: Building on the Introduction to Canine Nutrition Course this course now directs the use of nutrition to address specific issues within the canine organ systems.

Course Information: This course is an advanced high quality on-line course in clinical animal nutrition that addresses canine organ and body system nutrition using observational and diagnostic tools to help identify deficiency or toxic indicators and give suggestions on how to address the nutrient needs of dogs. This course will continue to enhance the students capabilities to Build Better Bodies Through Nutrition. It is meant to be current in its content, enlightening, enjoyable, and applicable for every dog you own, treat, or work with.

Advanced Canine Nutrition

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