Spec fPL® Test

(feline pancreas-specific lipase)

Now a simple test can tell if pancreatitis is the culprit


It’s true—every "off colour" cat you see could have pancreatitis. Because history, physical examination and routine laboratory findings are nonspecific, you may not realise just how common pancreatitis is in cats.

A study published in The Journal of Veterinary Pathology showed 67% of cats presented for necropsy irrespective of the cause of death, had histologic evidence of pancreatitis, including 45% of apparently healthy cats.1 And while prevalence of clinically significant pancreatitis is likely not this high, the findings suggest that a variety of conditions often have concurrent pancreatitis.


Spec fPL® Test
Every "off colour" cat you see could have pancreatitis.

The most accurate feline pancreatitis test available

The Spec fPL® test is a simple blood test that detects the level of pancreatic lipase in the blood and provides information about the health of your patient’s pancreas.

So now when nonspecific presenting signs blur the picture, you’ll be able to make diagnostic and

Treatment Recommendations for Feline Pancreatitis (PDF) with greater confidence.


The Spec fPL Test was developed from the fPLI test in partnership with Drs. Williams and Steiner at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University.


  • Sensitivity of the fPLI test was 100% in moderate to severe cases of pancreatitis and 54% in mild cases, with an overall sensitivity of 67%.
  • Specificity of the fPLI test was 100% in healthy cats and 67% in symptomatic cats with histologically normal pancreata, with an overall specificity of 91%.2

Quantitative results:

The Spec fPL Test provides specific easy-to-interpret results to help you quickly diagnose and monitor your patient’s progress.

De Cock HEV, Forman MA, Farver TB, Marks SL. Prevalence and histopathologic characteristics of pancreatitis in cats. Vet Pathol. 2007;44:39—49.
Forman MA, Marks SL, De Cock HE, et al. Evaluation of serum feline pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity and helical computed tomography versus conventional testing for the diagnosis of feline pancreatitis. J Vet Intern Med. 2004;18:807–815

Available Spec fPL® Tests

It’s easy to get more information about the health of your patients by including a Spec fPL® Test (feline pancreas-specific lipase) with your favorite sick cat panels and profiles.

For your convenience and in testament to IDEXXs commitment to research and development the Spec fPL® Test has been adapted to both the SNAP Platform for rapid pet side results as well as the reference laboratory testing environment.

Below is the list of codes which apply, when submitting a test request to the IDEXX reference laboratory for analysis. You can also learn more about the SNAP® fPL™ Test.

Test CodeName and Contents


Feline Pancreatic-Specific Lipase
IDEXX Advantage - follow up SNAP fPL – Quantitative
Please submit used SNAP device or foil wrapper with the sample


Feline Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Spec fPL) – Stand alone – Quantitative


Feline Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Spec fPL) - When added to another test – Quantitative


Feline Pancreatic-Specific Lipase (Spec fPL) - Follow up within 3 weeks – Quantitative


Feline Abdominal Profile
includes Pancreatic-Specific Lipase – Quantitative


Feline Diabetic & Pancreatic Profile
includes Pancreatic-Specific Lipase – Quantitative


Feline Diagnostic Profile
includes Pancreatic-Specific Lipase – Quantitative


Feline Total Health Profile
includes Pancreatic-Specific Lipase – Quantitative


Specimen requirements; Plain serum Tube (Consult the IDEXX Directory of Products and services for additional sample requirements if submitting Spec fPL with a profile code)

Turn around time: 1 – 2 days