|Simi Valley, CA- Dec 16, 2013- VDI Laboratory announced the release of two new tests to their line of specialty diagnostic services. VitDCANINE and VitDFELINE measure [25(OH)D] levels, an important precursor to the active hormone 1,25VitD.
"Research continues to show that low stores of vitamin D are associated with a wide range of benign and malignant disease," says Steve Gauthier, Director of Clinical Studies at VDI. "Heart disease, infection, kidney disease, IBD, and cancer are just some of these. Our existing services for cancer and disease management can be enhanced by adding a Vitamin D analysis."
Expanding models of vitamin D have generated new terminology of "Deficiency," Insufficiency," and "Sufficiency" to define the protective effect that increasing levels of vitamin D have against disease. Since, unlike humans, dogs and cats sole source of vitamin D comes from their diet, supplementation is necessary to reach sufficiency. Given absorption rates vary from animal to animal, testing for vitamin D level is essential to optimize supplementation. Available as a standalone test, or as an add-on test to other lab services, VitD gives veterinarians a new way to assess the overall health risk factor in dogs and cats, and monitor Vitamin D levels for adjusting supplementation.
VDI recommends adding a vitamin D assessment to VDI-TKcanine+, VDI-TKfeline+, or INCaSe for a more complete risk assessment of health status. Follow-up VitD testing will ensure Vitamin D levels reach and maintain sufficient levels.
About VDI Laboratory
VDI Laboratory (VDI) is a specialty diagnostics company that provides veterinary reference laboratory services and in-house diagnostic products. VDI is dedicated to the research and development of innovative biomarkers to assist veterinarians in the diagnostic workup of companion animals. VDI continues to pursue new biomarkers in a variety of disease states and other challenging situations facing the veterinarian. Stay informed by visiting VDI on Facebook or at VDIlab.com.