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Vitamin D Test for Dogs

Do you know if your pet is Vitamin D deficient? A recent study showed that 75% of the dogs tested were Vitamin D deficient. The Vitamin D Test for Dogs is the most affordable and safest way to know the levels of this essential vitamin for the healthy development of your puppy and the maintenance of its skeletal and nervous systems.

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How it Works

1
Order Test Kits
Order your Vitamin D Test for Dogs kit online and receive it straight to your door. Do not unwrap it.
2
COLLECT & SEND SAMPLES
Make an appointment with your veterinarian to perform the serum blood draw. Go to your vet with your pet and bring the unopened kit with you. Your vet must read and follow the sample collection instructions.
3
RECEIVE YOUR RESULTS
The results report contains valuable information for veterinarians, breeders and dog parents that will help them to correct Vitamin D values and improve the health of their beloved dogs.

How it Works

1
Order Test Kits
Order your EasyDNA Dog Parentage kit online and receive it straight to your door along with easy-to-follow instructions.
2
COLLECT & SEND SAMPLES
Providing a sample is fast and simple. Hold the swab firmly from the handle and place the swab head under your dog’s tongue, the side of the mouth, and inside the cheek for 1 1/2 minutes. Then mail your samples back to us using our prepaid package.
3
RECEIVE YOUR RESULTS
In 10 working days, you’ll receive your results and get the answers you’ve been searching for.

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I was so concerned about helping my dog but the vet said their test would be around $400 and prescribed Aloquil. When I research it I found that it could be harmful to her. No way I was going to do that. The results of the allergy test has been so helpful in choosing her food and other products like shampoo and being able to avoid her sensitivity triggers.
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I was so concerned about helping my dog but the vet said their test would be around $400 and prescribed Aloquil. When I research it I found that it could be harmful to her. No way I was going to do that. The results of the allergy test has been so helpful in choosing her food and other products like shampoo and being able to avoid her sensitivity triggers.
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This was a great start for me to determine food allergies for my dog. Turns out the vegetable in the dry food recipe was one of the bigger culprits! Thank you!
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Key Features of the Vitamin D Test for Dogs

Why is Vitamin D Testing Important?

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in growth, development, and the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. It acts on the intestine, bones, and kidneys to maintain an adequate level of these minerals in the blood. Its actions are essential for bone and cartilage mineralization, muscle contraction, and the transmission of neuronal signals.

That’s why it’s crucial for pets to consume a balanced diet to meet their Vitamin D needs. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to bone decalcification and an increased risk of long bone fractures. Conversely, an excess of Vitamin D can cause various musculoskeletal alterations, jaw deformities, and teeth issues in growing animals, as well as excessive calcification in soft tissues.

Historically, dogs obtained Vitamin D from the fat deposits of their hunting prey, but in recent times, most pets consume commercial dog foods. A study conducted by Tufts University analyzed 320 dogs and 40 different brands of dog food, evaluating the amount of Vitamin D absorbed and metabolized by the dogs. The results indicated that 75% of the tested dogs had insufficient Vitamin D levels in their blood.

The Vitamin D Test for Dogs allows you to determine if your canine friend has healthy levels of this vitamin in their blood. This test can help establish, with your veterinarian, the necessary dietary changes or supplementation to improve and maintain your pet’s health by correcting Vitamin D levels.

Take Action – Supplementation and Follow-up Vitamin D Test for Dogs

When interpreting the results of your dog’s Vitamin D test, it’s crucial to take action if a deficiency is detected. In such cases, we recommend a retest after 8-10 weeks, providing sufficient time for the body to reach equilibrium. This period allows for any corrective measures, such as dietary adjustments or supplementation, to take effect. It’s essential to note that retesting should occur 8-10 weeks after the commencement of any supplementation, ensuring an accurate assessment of your dog’s Vitamin D levels.

For dogs whose Vitamin D levels are within the optimal range, there’s no need for immediate retesting. However, responsible pet care involves periodic check-ups. Therefore, we advise pet owners to consider annual retests or when specific conditions arise, such as significant changes in diet, alterations in health status, or any other factors that may impact Vitamin D levels. This proactive approach ensures that your dog’s health remains a top priority, allowing you to stay one step ahead in providing the care they deserve.

Sample Collection

This test requires a serum blood draw. Therefore the sample must only be collected by a veterinarian.

 

  • Instructions for the Pet Owner
  1. When you receive the kit, do not unwrap it. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to perform the serum blood draw.
  2. On the day of sampling, an 8-hour fast is recommended for your pet. Go to your veterinarian with your pet and bring the unopened kit with you.

 

  • Instructions for the Veterinary Staff
  1. Open the packaging (kit), read and carefully follow the detailed instructions for the serum blood draw included in the kit.
  2. Fill in the requisition form with the information provided by the pet owner. 

Important note: The Dry Serum Sample Collection kit can only be used by a veterinarian, this is a mandatory condition for sample collection. Once you receive the kit, you must make an appointment with your local veterinarian and bring the Dry Serum Sample Collection kit to have your dog’s sample taken. Full sample collection instructions for the veterinarian and the requisition form are included in the kit.

Your pet does not need to fast for sample collection, and there is no indication that treatments with antihistamines or glucocorticoids will interfere with the test results.

Results of the Vitamin D Test for Dogs

The results of the Vitamin D Test for Dogs consist of a comprehensive report containing a graphical representation of the Vitamin D values with colored flags, including historical values; also the total recommended dosage, indicating changes in dosage when appropriate, as well as the recommendation of an effective and safe Vitamin D supplement to meet the patient’s needs with its respective conversion of the indicated dosage.

In summary, the results report contains valuable information for veterinarians, breeders and dog parents that will help them to correct Vitamin D values and improve the health of their beloved dogs.

 

 

Special Offers and Discounts

The cost of the Vitamin D Test for Dogs  is $ XX.

For a limited time, we offer a $10 discount if you order 2 or more Vitamin D Tests for Dogs at the same time.

If you order 2 tests you will pay a total of just $ XXX for both.

FAQs

We provide a testing kit containing the sample collection device and instructions for collecting your dog’s sample and sending it back to our laboratory. From the proteins found in the sample obtained, the test measures your dog’s sensitivities to over 120 common allergens.

Upon ordering the test, you will receive a testing kit with a sample collection device and complete sample collection instructions. Hold the swab firmly from the handle and place the swab head inside your dog’s mouth. Get the swab head as wet as possible by placing it under your dog’s tongue, the side of the mouth, and inside the cheek for 1 1/2 minutes.

A sample collection guide with pictures can be found HERE.

  • Mold spores
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Medications
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic

This test has access to a database containing over 120 of the most common canine allergens. However, we are always working on adding more allergens to the testing database.

Click here for the most up-to-date allergen listings.

The test can determine sensitivities at any age, but these sensitivities can change as a dog ages. We recommend that your dog be at least 6 months old to identify specific allergens that may affect them for a long period of time.

Click here for the most up-to-date allergen listings.

Your dog should not eat before getting its sample collected as food can affect the test results. We recommend either taking your dog’s sample first thing in the morning or waiting for the longest possible time between meals to collect the sample.

Aside from food, there are also medications, such as antihistamines and steroids, that can affect the dog’s test results. Therefore, your dog must not be on any antihistamines, anti-itching and anti-inflammatory medication or steroid-based medications for 1-2 weeks before collecting its sample.

Click here for the most up-to-date allergen listings.

  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Snoring
  • Constant licking

Know more about the dog allergies and symptoms HERE.

Aside from food, there are also medications, such as antihistamines and steroids, that can affect the dog’s test results. Therefore, your dog must not be on any antihistamines, anti-itching and anti-inflammatory medication or steroid-based medications for 1-2 weeks before collecting its sample.

Click here for the most up-to-date allergen listings.

Some dogs may be sensitive to chicken eggs but not chicken meat, while some dogs may be sensitive to fish meal but not a particular type of fish. This is normal. Each allergen has unique components and characteristics, and a dog’s reaction to an allergen may not necessarily equate to sensitivity to its subsets.

Yes, different dog breeds may be more susceptible to specific allergies.

The following are some breeds that are sensitive to issues with food and/or airborne allergies: Maltese terrier, Pekingese, German Shepherd, Bull Terriers, Bichon Frise, English Cocker Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, American Hairless Terrier, Bohemian Terrier, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, American Pit Bull Terrier, Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, Chinese Crested/Powderpuff, Poodle, Irish Setter, English Bulldog, Pugs.

Are you interested to find out the breeds making up your dog? Take our Dog Breed DNA Test today.

Reactions can be managed by avoiding the allergens which trigger them. For example, if your pet has a sensitivity to a particular food item then eliminating this from their diet will help eliminate the negative impact. It is also possible to manage them through the use of medication or medicated shampoos – however, many times such treatments only mask a problem without finding the root cause. Also since more than one allergen may be causing reactions in your dog this may require more than action to eliminate all discomfort and reactions. We strongly advocate involving your vet in all decisions regarding what actions to take.

The following are some breeds that are sensitive to issues with food and/or airborne allergies: Maltese terrier, Pekingese, German Shepherd, Bull Terriers, Bichon Frise, English Cocker Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, American Hairless Terrier, Bohemian Terrier, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, American Pit Bull Terrier, Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, Chinese Crested/Powderpuff, Poodle, Irish Setter, English Bulldog, Pugs.

Are you interested to find out the breeds making up your dog? Take our Dog Breed DNA Test today.

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