302 – Osteoarthritis Panel + VitD

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Osteoarthritis Panel + VitD includes an inflammation assessment with C-Reactive Protein (CRP) in dogs or Haptoglobin (HPT) in cats, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and Vitamin D.   Screening for early signs of Degenerative Joint Diseases like Osteoarthritis (OA) is done using Hyaluronic Acid (HA).  Joint Disease is typically viewed as an old-animal disease, however the degeneration of joints can start early in life and not present clinically until later.  Using HA to detect when that degeneration begins, allows earlier intervention and more options to slow or stop the progression of joint disease

Vitamin D is the most important hormone in the body and sufficient levels are anti-proliferative, pro-differentiating, and anti-inflammatory: all involved in cancer pathogenesis.  VDI provides patient-specific dosing guidelines to get patients to sufficiency.

Clinical Applications:

  1. General Wellness (annual or biannual screening)
  2. Apparently Healthy dogs or cats
  3. Dogs or cats at high risk of inflammatory diseases
  4. Dogs or cats at risk of degenerative joint disease (OA, IVDD, DM, IMPA)
  5. Pet Parents wanting to be proactive in detecting & managing disease


Health screening using a sensitive inflammatory marker, CRP/HPT, should begin once the pet reaches an adult stage.  Annual testing while apparently healthy is the minimum recommended interval with bi-annual screening being the most effective way to detect the presence of occult disease.

Pets at risk of Joint Disease benefit from bi-annual testing of Hyaluronic Acid (HA).

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.  VDI provides patient-specific dosing guidelines for Vitamin D.  Recheck intervals are every year once sufficient unless diet or health changes occur.



Additional information


Canine, Feline

Patient Status

Acutely Ill, Apparently Healthy


C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Vitamin D (VitD)

Specimen Type

Serum (Frozen or Dry)

Dry Serum Volume

1 Well


Not Required