Another frequently requested test determines serum cobalamin deficiency, also known as vitamin B-12 deficiency. The disease is common and, Dr. Steiner explained, easily treated. “It is very important to have this test if a dog or cat suffers from chronic diarrhea,” he noted.
Lab testing is also available for bacterial overgrowth, hepatic function, systemic inflammation, and GI permeability and mucosal function. Samples must be sent to the lab by a licensed veterinarian—Texas licensure law prevents the GI Lab veterinarians from speaking directly with individuals unless their pets are patients at the small animal hospital.
Using the school’s one-of-a-kind diagnostic procedures and cutting-edge treatment methods, veterinarians at the Texas A&M University College of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences give pet owners everywhere one of the greatest gifts of all—healthier and happier friends.