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Remove from red cells and place sample in an additive free transport tube.
Label all samples. Ship overnight on cold packs.
According to the 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) consensus statement on canine hyperadrenocorticism:
Only the use of synthetic ACTH (Cosyntropin) is recommended, whereas the utilization of compounded ACTH ("gel") is discouraged due to lower purity and lower quality control.
Acceptable doses for Cosyntropin are 5 µg/kg or 250 µg/dog IV or IM (lower doses than 5 µg/kg have never been validated in Cushing dogs), and 2.2 U/kg IM for compounded ACTH.
Using Cosyntropin, the cortisol peak occurs 60 - 90 minutes post injection, with no significant difference between 60 and 90 minutes.
Using compounded ACTH ("gel"), cortisol concentrations are similar across various compounded ACTH products (and to the gold standard Cosyntropin 5 µg/kg IV) at 60 minutes post injection, whereas cortisol concentrations vary considerably at later times.