New Proactive Cancer Screening for Dogs

Paws & Claws Pet Hospital, a natural and holistic veterinary practice in Plano, is offering a combination of three new tests to help detect cancer in dogs by measuring several aspects of cell irregularity, including abnormal cell division and systemic inflammatory activity, along with specific vitamin and protein levels. New Proactive Cancer Screening for Dogs.

“Designed to be part of a routine wellness plan, these cancer screening tests are the most comprehensive single blood test available in monitoring the overall health status of a dog,” says Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine and owner of Paws & Claws Pet Hospital. The test measures the amount of thymidine kinase (TK) enzyme and C-reactive protein (CRP), providing a benchmark for the amount of dysregulated cellular proliferation.

Cell growth and proliferation can be activated by extracellular growth factors that bind to the cell surface (TK receptors). As cancer cells divide, the amount of TK enzyme usually increases and CRP is elevated in the presence of systemic inflammatory diseases, including cancer.

Vitamin D testing is also part of the three-test panel, because low levels of vitamin D contribute to increased incidence of cancer and infectious diseases. Supplementing dogs with low vitamin D levels is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce serious diseases later in life. Early diagnosis allows many cancers to be treated in their infancy, providing better treatment results.

In December, Natural Awakenings North Texas readers receive a 30 percent discount off the normal cost of the three panel test. Location: 2145 W. Park Blvd., Plano. For more info or appointments, call 972-867-8800 or visit


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