Spec cPL® Test

(canine pancreas-specific lipase)


Redefine the way you diagnose pancreatitis


Canine pancreatitis is a potentially fatal disease that is difficult to diagnose. Presenting signs are common and nonspecific, including vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain.

The Spec cPL® Test is a revolutionary test that allows you to quickly and confidently rule in or rule out pancreatitis in dogs.

Spec cPL® Test
Test every dog for pancreatitis if it presents with vomiting, anorexia or abdominal pain.

The Spec cPL® Test offers you more definitive diagnostic results. View a comparison chart (PDF) to see the difference between the Spec cPL Test and other diagnostic methods.

Originally developed as the cPLI test by Dr. Jörg Steiner and Dr. David Williams in the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University, the Spec cPL Test offers:


  • Unprecedented accuracy—With more than 95% specificity and sensitivity (as compared to the cPLI assay*), this test far outperforms other test methodologies, so you can treat confidently.
  • Fast results—1-2 days. Tests are run daily so you can move ahead quickly with treatment.
  • Consider SNAP cPL and Spec cPL IDEXX Advantage solution for your comprehensive diagnosis.


*As compared to cPLI at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory of Texas A&M University

Available Spec cPL Tests


Results show Spec cPL® (canine pancreas-specific lipase) is a valuable test to help you diagnose pancreatitis in cases presenting with acute or mild symptoms.

The test is also beneficial for dogs recovering from pancreatitis as well as those with a history of, or who are predisposed to, the disease.

For your convenience, here are the Spec cPL-related test codes at a glance.

Test CodeName and Contents


Canine Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Qualitative)


Canine Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Quantitative)


Canine Pancreatic-Specific Lipase - add on (Quantitative)


Canine Pancreatic-Specific Lipase
Repeat within 3 weeks (Quantitative)


Canine Pancreatic-Specific Lipase
IDEXX Advantage - follow up SNAP cPL (Quantitative)
Please submit used SNAP device or foil wrapper with the sample


Canine Diabetic & Pancreatic Profile - includes Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Quantitative)


Canine Diagnostic Health Profile - includes Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Quantitative)


Canine Pancreatic Profile - includes Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Quantitative)


Canine Total Health Profile - includes Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Quantitative)


Specimen requirements: 1mL serum—RT or SST; turn around time 12-24 hours

Turn around time: 24-48 hours

Accuracy you can count on


Consider pancreatitis in every dog that presents with vomiting, anorexia or abdominal pain—and test with Spec cPL® to confirm your diagnosis.