Specialty Wellness Tests

Detecting serious diseases early gives you the best options to manage them. Specialty Wellness blood tests give you the early detection you need.

Early Cancer Detection with a Blood Test

With 1 in 3 dogs getting cancer in their life time, and 50% of those over the age of 10 succumbing from this deadly disease, it’s often asked if there is some way we can detect it sooner. Early detection (screening) is possible using a blood test that looks for early signs of abnormal cell proliferation and inflammation. The Cancer Risk Assessment is designed to give you warning that an early or occult cancer is present OR that the dog is in a state that increases the risk of cancer developing within the next 6 months.

Dog getting a checkup.

Not a DNA test

The Cancer Risk Assessment is not a DNA test. It does not tell you if the dog is predisposed to cancer, or if there are floating strands of DNA that may indicate cancer.

Disease activity test

The Cancer Risk Assessment IS a disease activity test. More specifically it’s a disease activity test that is a function of total disease mass (ie tumor size) & cellular activity. By looking at disease activity, the Cancer Risk Assessment is able to pick up on subtle changes in the body that increase the risk of cancer and disease development. As an activity test, it becomes useful to identifying trending actions such as a slow growing cancer that may otherwise go unnoticed until it’s well advanced. Additionally, disease activity markers tend to respond well to disease management (treatment) and will drop accordingly when successful.

Testing Basics

Which Dogs?

  • Apparently healthy dogs ->
  • Adult & senior dogs
  • High Risk breeds (ie. golden retrievers)
  • Purebred dogs
  • History of cancer in the line
  • Proactive/concerned pet parents

Apparently Healthy

Screening tests are designed for apparently healthy dogs with no underlying chronic inflammatory disease or cancer. If the dog is suspected of cancer, use the VDI Cancer Panel for diagnosis.

How Often?

  • Annual testing for dogs over 2
  • Bi-annual as dogs approach 10
  • Bi-annual for high-risk breeds
  • Optimal intervals (based on clinical study) is every 4months. [Read More]

Sample Requirements

  • Serum
  • Frozen or Dry shipping
  • Fasting not required
  • Avoid severe hemolysis
  • Avoid severe lipemia

Ordering CRA

Cancer Risk Assessment can be added to any basic wellness panel. CRA is included with the Canine Complete Wellness Panel.

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Considerations

  • Dogs on corticosteroids
  • Dogs on NSAIDS
  • Not for dogs <1 year old
  • Dogs with history of cancer, should be cancer free for 2 years prior to using CRA. Otherwise the Cancer Panel should be used.

Joint Health Assessment with a Blood Test

Degenerative Joint Diseases (DJD) are common afflictions in dogs with Osteoarthritis (OA) being the most prevalent. While typically affecting older dogs and high-risk dogs like the giant breeds, DJD affects animals of all ages and demographics. Unfortunately, when degeneration starts it progresses slowly and is well hidden by the dog until it’s well advanced, reducing the options for treatment.

Great Dane Running

Hyaluronic Acid: marker of DJD

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is found in the synovial fluid of the joint. As degeneration and breakdown occur, HA leaks out into the blood stream where it is detected. As degeneration occurs, the level of HA increases, making it an effective test for DJD.

Early Detection, More Options

Detecting DJD early gives your client more options for management. Joints are one of the most well covered areas for supplements, nutraceuticals, specialized diets, and therapies. Knowing which patients would benefit most will help guide which products and services are most suitable for them. Catch DJD early, intervene early, slow or stop the progression of the disease.

Testing Basics

What to watch for?

  • Decreased activity
  • Stiffness, limping, favoring
  • Trouble getting up
  • Pain to the touch
  • Lagging on walks, lameness
  • Whimpering/yelping in pain
  • Behavior changes

Which Dogs?

  • Adult & senior dogs
  • Active/sporting dogs
  • Agility dogs
  • Working dogs
  • Large & giant breeds
  • Breeds prone to skeletal disorders (bulldogs, dachshund, etc)

How Often?

  • Annual testing for adults
  • Once joint damage is identified and is being managed, the test can be used to monitor how well the damage is being controlled and slowed. Intervals will be determined by the therapy.

Sample Requirements

  • Serum
  • Frozen or Dry shipping
  • Fasting not required
  • Avoid severe hemolysis
  • Avoid severe lipemia

Ordering HA testing

Hyaluronic Acid can be added to any wellness panel. Listed as OA Assessment. HA is also available in diagnostic panels for osteoarthritis.

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Considerations

  • Dogs on corticosteroids
  • Dogs with liver disease