IPL’s mission is to enable our pets to live their healthiest lives with the help of advanced laboratory assessment

Digestion & Detox

Pancreatic Elastase & Beta-Glucuronidase

Better digestion equals better absorption of nutrients

Measuring these two enzymes can identify how well your pet is digesting food and if an optimal level of detox activity is present. Low Pancreatic Elastase can identify inadequate digestive enzymes, also called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). Digestive enzymes are secreted by the pancreas to digest food. EPI can lead to malabsorption and maldigestion because the pancreas is not functioning properly.

Beta-glucuronidase is an enzyme produced by both dogs and people, as well as certain gut bacteria. It helps with the breakdown of complex carbohydrates. It plays a role in the detoxification process by breaking down toxins and hormones. High levels of beta-glucuronidase can could be indicative of excess gut bacteria. Very high levels of beta-glucuronidase have been associated with disease. Levels that are extremely low may indicate an impaired ability to digest carbohydrates and an imbalance of gut bacteria.

Leaky Gut

Zonulin & Antigliadin-IgA

A strong intestinal lining is associated with better health

Identify the health of your pet’s intestinal lining and reactions to gluten.

Fecal zonulin is a clinically useful marker of intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” This means that the intestinal lining isn’t tight and is allowing digestive components to cross through when they shouldn’t. Elevated levels indicate that the intestinal lining isn’t functioning properly due to increased food sensitivity –such as to gluten–or to impaired normal gut bacteria.

Antigliadin IgA are antibodies which may indicate celiac disease. A high level may identify an immune reaction to gluten in pet foods.

Inflammation & Immunity

Calprotectin & Secretory IgA

Identify and calm increased inflammation

Gut disorders are common in dogs and are often related to intestinal inflammation. This test can identify gut inflammation, the levels of normal gut bacteria, and determine an appropriate level of immune protection in the digestive process. Calprotectin is a protein found in white blood cells. High levels of calprotectin found in the intestinal tract can indicate inflammation and may be responsive to anti-inflammatory treatments.

Secretory IgA is the most abundant class of antibody found within the bowel ensuring immune protection during the digestive process. High levels may indicate an immune response to parasites or certain food sensitivities. Low levels may identify an impaired immune response or low gut bacteria.

Comprehensive Review

Identify health concerns you can’t see to ensure optimal intestinal function

Many digestive conditions are present years before they are diagnosed and can become worse over time. Evaluating your dog’s overall gut function can help ensure they are fully digesting food, having low inflammatory responses, and have a strong intestinal lining.

This comprehensive test examines three distinct gut functions:

  1. Digestion & Detox
    Pancreatic Elastase & Beta-Glucuronidase
    Better digestion equals better absorption of nutrients
    Measuring these two enzymes can identify how well your pet is digesting food and if an optimal level of detox activity is present.
  2. Leaky Gut
    Zonulin & Antigliadin-IgA
    A strong intestinal lining is associated with better health
    Identify the health of your pet’s intestinal lining and reactions to gluten.
  3. Inflammation & Immunity
    Calprotectin & Secretory IgA
    Identify and calm increased inflammation
    Gut disorders are common in dogs and are often related to intestinal inflammation. This test can identify gut inflammation, the levels of normal gut bacteria, and determine an appropriate level of immune protection in the digestive process.