GI Panel

The GI Panel is a blood test performed on a FASTED animal (no food for 12 hours) to help evaluate the function of the gastrointestinal tract. The GI Panel includes the following values;

  • Cobalamin (Vitamin B12): Cobalamin is absorbed in the ileum (a specific section of the small intestine). A decreased cobalamin level can be seen with widespread intestinal malabsorption, diseases affecting the ileum, overgrowth of small intestinal bacteria, or with pancreatic disease. Animals with low cobalamin levels can be supplemented with a weekly injection or oral pills to help alleviate clinical signs and increase efficacy of other gastrointestinal therapies.
  • Folate: Folate is absorbed in the jejunum (a specific section of the small intestine). A decreased folate level can be seen with widespread intestinal malabsorption, diseases affecting the jejunum, overgrowth of small intestinal bacteria, or with pancreatic disease.
  • Trypsin-Like Immunoreactivity (TLI): The TLI test provides a measure of pancreatic digestive enzymes, which are responsible for breaking down food within the intestine. A decreased TLI indicates exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), a condition requiring life-long treatment with enzyme supplementation. An increased TLI can indicate pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or severe kidney disease.
  • Spec cPL or fPL: cPL (Canine Pancreatic Lipase) and fPL (Feline Pancreatic Lipase) provides another measure of pancreatic function. An increased cPL or fPL can indicate pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).