Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease



We are currently enrolling dogs with chronic gastrointestinal inflammation into a research study for investigation of novel inflammatory markers to help diagnose infiltrative histological changes.

Eligible patients

  • Dogs with chronic enteropathies that undergo a complete diagnostic workup
    • Including gastrointestinal biopsies for histopathology
  • Can include antibiotic or food responsive enteropathies, or idiopathic IBD
  • Not breed-specific (dogs of any breed/signalment are eligible to enter)

Samples needed

  • 1 serum sample (at least 3 mL)
  • 1 EDTA blood sample (3 mL; as well as copies of recent CBCs, if available)
  • 3 fecal samples from consecutive bowel movements
  • 1 urine sample
  • GI biopsies for histopathology (or a copy of the histopathology report, if biopsies were obtained prior to enrollment)

We will cover the costs for

We offer this up to 3 times per patient (initial presentation and up to 2 rechecks).

Turnaround times

  • Same as regular sample submissions to the GI Lab
  • Usually next day for cobalamin, folate, TLI, PLI, and gastrin
  • Up to 7-10 days for CRP and Alpha1-PI, depending on day of sample submission
  • ~3-4 days for histopathology

If you are interested in enrolling one of your patients, please complete this form (Enrollment Form) and the IBD Study team will contact you. Please email for further details.


Please note: If you are the owner of the dog and not a veterinarian, please have your veterinarian contact the IBD Study team directly.