Adrenal testing dogs and cats: which test for what case?

Speaker: Ian Ramsey

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Adrenal testing dogs and cats: which test for what case?


Many dogs and some cats will be tested for adrenal gland disease during the investigation of their presenting clinical signs. This talk will show delegates how to select the most appropriate test for the situation and how to interpret the results of those tests. The focus of the talk will be canine hyperadrenocorticism but hypoadrenocorticism, phaeochromocytoma and feline adrenal gland diseases will be covered as well.

Five learning objectives for viewers of the Presentation:

  1. Understand the difference between sensitive and specific tests and how this affects test selection in practice
  2. Understand the differences between the 3 most common tests for hyperadrenocorticism (the low dose dexamethasone suppression test, the ACTH stimulation test and the urine corticoid: creatine ratio).
  3. Understand the differences between the tests used in cats and dogs with suspected hyperadrenocorticism
  4. Understand the importance of accurate and repeatable cortisol (and other) measurements and how to obtain these from commercial laboratories
  5. Know how to diagnose hypoadrenocorticism and phaeochromocytoma using specific endocrine tests