For the quantitative measurement of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in serum.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can affect dogs and horses. Diabetes is a complex disease caused by either a lack of insulin or an inadequate response to insulin. Glucose (sugar) provides an important energy source for dogs and horses. This source of energy is obtained from food when the animal’s body breaks down the carbohydrates and nutrients from feed. Just like humans, glucose is not always efficiently delivered to the body’s cells leading to a hormonal imbalance.
Equine- In horses, sugar imbalance is becoming more common due to highly processed feed, incomplete nutrition, stress factors and can indicate conditions such as Insulin Resistance (IR) or Equine Metabolic Syndrome. (EMS).
Canine- In dogs, the exact cause of diabetes is unknown. But there are many factors that are thought to be involved in its development. These include autoimmune disease, genetics, obesity, chronic pancreatitis, certain medications, and abnormal protein deposits in the pancreas.
While traditional glucose tests can be unreliable, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) provides an overall picture of your animal’s average glucose levels over a period of weeks/months. Results of a traditional glucose tests can vary depending on activity levels, stress, types of food, infection and /or illness.
|Sample Type||Sample Volume||Sample Collection Method|
|Serum||0.5 mL||Dried Spot (DS) Cards|