Antibodies

Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to fight disease. They can be found in blood, urine, and other body fluids.

There are many different types of antibodies that play a role in protecting your dog from infections and diseases. Antibodies can be categorized into five major groups: IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG and IgM. Each type provides unique functions within the immune system.

In dogs, antibodies are commonly used as a way of diagnosing certain diseases. Antibodies may be detected in the urine of pregnant dogs, for example, although this test is only considered reliable if it’s done before mid-gestation. Antibodies can also be found in the blood of dogs with certain cancers or autoimmune diseases like hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia.

Antibody testing can also be used to detect exposure to viruses such as parvovirus and distemper virus.

Published by AmberLDrake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.