Frequently Asked Questions

Cancer Screening Test

What is the ACD test?

The ACD test is a clinically proven cancer screening test formulated by our team of expert veterinarians, scientists, and pet advocates. As a one-of-a-kind multi-cancer early screening test, it’s a convenient, non-invasive, cost-effective, and highly accurate cancer detection test available to canine patients. The test empowers the veterinary professionals and the pet owners to have a proactive and timely approach to diagnosing cancer-associated volatile organic metabolites in their dogs.  

What type of cancer can the ACD test detect?

The ACD test can detect multiple types of volatile organic compounds responsible for cancers such as Hemangioma, Hemangiosarcoma, Lymphoma, Melanoma and more. Our sensitivity is 90% and specificity is 94%. 

Can the ACD test detect the type of cancer?

The ACD test is designed to only detect the risk of cancer. The veterinarians recommend a diagnostic test to confirm the type of cancer. 

How early can it detect cancer?

The ACD test can detect the cancer risks before any clinical signs are apparent.

What if the ACD test comes positive? 

The ACD test can detect metabolites that are indicative of the presence of cancer, and thus if the test result is "positive", further confirmatory diagnostics tests are recommended to diagnose the cancer type and location. 

What to do if the ACD test is positive?

If the test is positive, there are chances of cancer-associated metabolites being present in the body. A detailed evaluation, including the oral, rectum, thoracic and abdominal examination, is recommended to confirm the presence of cancer. 

Does the ACD test work for dogs only?

Currently, the ACD test shows effective and proven results in dogs. We're determined to extend our diagnostic services for cats and horses in the coming years. 

Does early diagnosis of cancer help in an effective treatment?

If the cancer diagnosis is delayed, the survival rate is reduced,, and various treatment complications can occur. Thus, early diagnosis of cancer can help produce an effective and timely response. 

Is a vet prescription required for the test?

The ACD test is a DIY (do-it-yourself) test for which you don't need a veterinary exam, prescription, and consultation. However, we recommend sharing the test results with a certified veterinarian and value the veterinary client-patient relationship (VCPR). 

Is the ACD a vet-approved test?

Yes, ACD is a vet-approved test available at veterinary hospitals to diagnose early-stage cancer in dogs. The test is embraced and accepted by vets on scientific merits. 

For whom the ACD test is prescribed or suggested?

The ACD test is designed for dogs, especially at the age of 6 or older, as the dogs reaching the age of 10 years have a 50% chance of developing cancer. ACD can detect the presence of malignant tumors at an early stage. 

Can we get an ACD test via Pet Insurance?

All insurance company's terms and conditions vary accordingly. However, if a pet insurance company prescribes a similar diagnostic test, chances are they can cover ACD as well. 

What will a lab report include?

Animal Cancer Dx generates test reports which can be understood by pet owners and veterinarians. The online facility enables pet owners to acquire the test result and share results with vets in real-time. The test report will include the pet owner's name, chemical urinalysis, ACD result and peripheral information. 

Sample Collection

How can samples be collected?

Samples can be collected using free flow catch and cystocentesis methods.

How to store urine samples? Can I ship samples after collection? 

Urine samples must be frozen immediately after the collection. In order to ensure the integrity and safety of the urine samples, all returns will be done with UPS Next Day Air.

How to collect the samples?

You can collect the samples using any technique suitable for your pet. We at Animal Cancer Dx recommend the following method: For a male dog, gently place the paper boat in the urine system when the dog lifts the leg to urinate to capture the urine stream. For a female dog, gently place the paper boat directly underneath when she squats to urinate to capture the urine stream. Use the pipette to transfer 1 to 2 ml of the urine to the test tube. 

Shipping and Handling

Can THE ACD tests be shipped home?

Yes, the ACD tests can be shipped directly to the pet owners as these tests fall in the DIY category. We ship out the test kit with USPS First Class Mail, which takes up to 4 business days. However, to ensure the integrity and safety of the urine samples you send back to us, all returns will be sent through UPS Next Day Air.

Is there any sample tracking at Animal Cancer Dx?

Yes, all the test tubes filled with samples are encoded with barcodes and link every information such as sample name, pet owner, address, etc.— thus, samples can be tracked at every step. The pet owners will receive automated emails at each step. 

Is there any refund or replacement policy for the ACD tests?

A 60-day quality assurance warranty backs the products and tests sold directly by Animal Cancer Dx. However, products sold by unauthorized third-party sellers are exceptions. Email at help@AnimalCancerDx.com for the refund, replacement or guarantee request. 

Veterinarians 

How does a veterinarian explain a positive result to a pet owner?

A positive result will be the outcome if the cancerous cells or cancer-associated volatile organic compounds are detected in the sample. However, it only means that there are chances of cancerous cells being present, and further confirmation tests must be done. 

What to do if the ACD test is positive?

If the test is positive, there are chances of cancer-associated organic compounds being present in the body. A detailed evaluation, including the oral, rectum, thoracic and abdominal examination, is recommended to confirm cancer. 

What type of cancer can the ACD test detect?

ACD test can detect multiple types of volatile organic compounds responsible for cancers such as Hemangioma, Hemangiosarcoma, Lymphoma, Melanoma and more. 

What will a lab report include?

Animal Cancer Dx generates test reports which can be understood by pet owners and veterinarians. The online facility enables pet owners to acquire the test result and share results with vets in real-time. The test report will include the pet owner's name, chemical urinalysis, ACD result and peripheral information. 

Customer Service

If you need to speak with someone on our customer success team, please reach out!  


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Normal business hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm EST  

We are closed on weekends and for major holidays. This won't affect the condition of your sample but it may take longer to process it.