Welcome to the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory offering more than 800 tests in 11 service sections. In the more than 30 years since its inception, MSU VDL has become one of the country's premier veterinary diagnostic laboratories, handling more than 220,000 cases involving approximately 1.5 million tests annually.

The MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is an invaluable professional resource, making quality, trusted, and comprehensive veterinary diagnostics widely available. Income from the laboratory is reinvested in teaching, research, and outreach for the purpose of protecting human and animal welfare domestically and around the world.

Fall 2018 Newsletter
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Excess Levels of Vitamin D in Dog Food
UPDATE, December 4, 2018 - The FDA has created a centralized Outbreaks and Advisories resource that contains information for pet owners and veterinarians. This will be updated as they have more information. Please see FDA Alerts Pet Owners about Potentially Toxic Levels of Vitamin D in Several Dry Pet Foods for more information and updates.

November 28, 2018 - Throughout the month of November, several brands of dog food have been recalled due to excess levels of Vitamin D. The most recent recall from November 27, 2018 involves three brands.

Dogs consuming elevated levels of Vitamin D can exhibit clinical signs that include loss of appetite, excessive thirst and/or urination, vomiting, drooling, and weight loss. Prolonged exposure and/or very high levels of Vitamin D in dogs can cause more serious health issues such as renal dysfunction.

The MSU VDL's Vitamin D Profile (test code 20035) includes an interpretation of results by a veterinary endocrinologist. When elevated levels of Vitamin D are reported, a potential dietary source should be considered.

Veterinarians who suspect that pet foods are contributing to animal illness should make a report to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through their Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. For more information, please see "Information for veterinarians on reporting suspected animal food issues," published in the September 1, 2018 issue of JAVMA.

Pet owners who think their dogs may be ill from eating food with excess levels of Vitamin D should contact their veterinarians.

Visit the VDL at Veterinary Conferences
This winter we'll be in the exhibit hall at the conferences listed below. If you'll be there too, please stop by. Meet the people behind the testing you and your clients rely on.

Ask us questions. Give us feedback. Pick up informational materials and giveaways. While you're there, ask us how to get a free (yes, FREE) overnight shipping label so delivery for your next submission is on us!

We receive great ideas when we have the opportunity to interact with clients face-to-face. We'd love to meet you.

VMX (formerly NAVC)
Orlando, FL | January 19-23, 2019 | Booth 651

Attending VMX:
Brian Petroff, DVM, PhD | Section Chief, Endocrinology
Jennifer Thomas, DVM, PhD | Section Chief, Clinical Pathology

Michigan Veterinary Conference
Lansing, MI | January 25-27, 2019 | Booth 601-700

AAVLD Fully accredited by the
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
through December 31, 2022
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