101 – Essential Vitamins 1

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Background:

Essential Vitamins 1 panel includes Vitamin D (25OHD) and Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) – two essential nutrients that are only obtained through diet.  Vitamin D, the most important hormone in the body, is responsible for supporting the innate immune system and has a role in disease prevention and management.  Sufficient levels are anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, and pro-immunity.  Cobalamin is chiefly response for DNA production as a critical cofactor.  Learn more about VitD and B12 here.   VDI provides patient-specific dosing guidelines for both Vitamin D and B12.

Clinical Applications:

  1. Diet Changes
  2. Gastrointestinal Disease
  3. Inflammatory Disease
  4. Cancer Patients
  5. General Wellness – preventative
  6. PLE Patients
  7. Patients on NSAIDs or Corticosteroids

Recommendations:

Evaluating essential vitamin levels should start once the dog or cat reaches adult stages and establishes their adult diet.  Once diet has been stable for 3 months, test baseline vitamins and correct any insufficiencies with supplementation, or consider a diet change if values are considerably low.   Recheck intervals are every year once sufficient unless diet or health changes occur.

Category:

Additional information

Species

Canine, Feline

Patient Status

Acutely Ill, Apparently Healthy, Suspected Cancer, Suspected GI Disease

Test

Vitamin B12 (B12), Vitamin D (VitD)

Specimen Type

Serum (Frozen or Dry)

Dry Serum Volume

1 Well

Fasting

Recommended: 8hr