Fecal Alpha 1 Protease Inhibitor (A1PI) Test:
Screening for Protein-Losing Enteropathy (PLE)
Recommended but OPTIONAL
Early diagnosis of Protein-Losing Enteropathy (PLE) in the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (SCWT) is challenging. Many cases show no clinical signs. The Alpha 1 Protease Inhibitor (A1PI) test has proven to be a valuable screening tool for intestinal protein loss in Wheatens even before other clinical signs develop. It is recommended that you screen your Wheaten annually for PLE. If any of the results are consistent with protein-loss, semi-annual screening is recommended to further monitor for PLE.
NOTE: The Gastrointestinal Lab at Texas A&M will only accept kits obtained through SCWTCA or from Vets who order tubes directly from the GI Lab. They will not accept makeshift containers from owners that may contain improper tubes, paperwork, etc.
NOTE: Results of your dog's Fecal A1PI will be sent to you within 48 hours of testing.
PLE Screening Collection Kit
Ordering Fecal A1PI Kits
A Kit for one dog is $46.00 (which includes a prepaid Fed Ex Overnight shipping label to the GI Lab) plus the cost to USPS ship the Kit from Bellevue, WA to your Zip Code. The cost to perform the test, which you pay directly to the GI Lab, is $54.00. To request a Kit please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your Zip Code for the shipping price.