MykodermoAssay DTM and  MykodermoAssay Trio

MykodermoAssay DTM and MykodermoAssay Trio

MykodermoAssay DTM and MykodermoAssay TRIO

Test applicable to - Dog, Cat, Farm and Small Animals

Sample: Hair roots, Dandruff, Scabs and Skin Scrapings

Mykodermo Assay DTM is a classical dermatophyte ringworm test media in an agar slant vial format.
Mykodermo Assay Trio is an innovative petri dish format combining three of the most important dermatophyte culture media.

Simple Test Procedures with Fast Results

Both test formats ensure a fast confirmation of a clinically suspected diagnosis through colour change of DTM or DTM and ESA media, respectively. ESA is an optimised medium for the reliable visual and microscopic differentiation of dermatophytes and SAB/SDA, enables a faster growth compared to DTM and ESA.

Dermatophytosis (ringworm) is one of the most frequent infectious dermatoses in small animals (cats, dogs, and rabbits), horses and farm animals but also in humans (zoonosis). It is caused by dermatophytes, filamentous fungi which use keratin (skin, hair and claws) as a carbon source. The clinically most relevant species are Microsporum (M.canis, M.gypseum, M.pesicolor), Trichophyton (T.verrucosum, T.menta grophytes) and Epidermophyton.

In the case of a suspect ongoing dermatophytosis (spotted, patchy area of alopecia, often non pruritic), a specific diagnosis should be obtained by performing a culture using specific dermatophyte culture media.

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FASTest CRYPTO Strip - Cryptosporidium

CRYPTO Strip

Test applicable to - Dog, Cat, Cattle, Hedgehogs, Guinea Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Pigs & Reptiles

Sample: Faeces
 

Crypto Strip Test Principle

The FASTest CRYPTO Strip contains two unique monoclonal antibodies. Positive faeces samples contain Cryptosporidosis parvum surface antigens (SA) as well as all of its vegetative cycle forms. These antigens will react in the conjugate pad area with mobile monoclonal Anti-Cryptosporidosis parvum-Antibodies (Anti Cryptosporidosis parvum.-mAb) which are bound to red latex particles. Migrating along the nitrocellulose membrane these specific antigen-antibody-complexes are bound from fixed Anti-Cryptosporidosis parvum-mAb at the Test zone producing a more or less red Test line. This Anti-Cryptosporidosis parvum-mAb guarantees a high level of specificity for the aetiologic detection of Cryptosporidosis parvum.

The Correct Test Procedure

The correct test procedure is provided by the occurrence of an intense blue Control line at the Control zone. The intensity/width of the test line depends on the concentration of Cryptosporidosis parvum surface antigens in the test sample volume. Therefore, FASTest CRYPTO Strip does not depend on the presence of intact Cryptosporidisim parvum oocysts or its other vegetative forms.

FASTest CRYPTO strip is a valuable on-site tool for the diagnosis and treatment of Cryptosporidiosis in a wide range of animals.

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Surgicutt Vet H and Surgicutt Vet K

Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time

Test applicable to: Dog or Cat

Sample: Whole Blood

Surgicutt Vet H (dog) and Surgicutt Vet K (cat)  is a useful in-clinic screening device for the identification of thrombocytic and vascular bleeding disorders in dogs and cats by measuring the Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time.

Surgicutt Vet H enables the veterinarian to make a standardised incision (white lancet -1.0mm deep and 5.0mm long) in 1/1000 second, based on an easy-to-use and simple incision lancet technique. Surgicutt Vet K (yellow lancet - 1.0mm deep and 2.5mm long). This plastic device contains a sterile and fully automated retractable incision lancet. After planar placing on the mucosa the nearly painless incision is made automatically by simply pushing the trigger. Due to the automatic retraction of the steel blade after setting the incision, there is no possibility of injury to either the animal or the vet.

The BMBT (Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time) is the time that passes once an incision has been made with the use of Surgicutt Vet H or K until haemostasis is present.

ACT-VETube - Activated Clotting Time

Activated Clotting Time

Test applicable to: Dog and Cat

Sample: Whole Blood

ACT-VETube is an in-clinic screening test set for measuring the Activated Clotting Time in the dog and cat. By using a standardised in-vitro coagulation screening test such as ACT-VETube the veterinarian is able to differentiate between the different haemorrhagic disorders knowing the Actived Thromboplastin Partial Time (APTT) and to treat coagulopathies immediately under practice conditions. This assay detects all coagulopathies except the isolated factor VII deficiency in Beagles, Klee Kai and Alaskan Malamute.

The Blood Clotting Process

Blood clot formation is a complex process. The clotting proteins, or factors, circulate normally in an inactive state as precursors to coagulation. In principle, a series of reactions occurs in turn and acts to catalyse the next reaction, hence the common term ‘Coagulation Cascade’. The coagulation cascade is divided into extrinsic and intrinsic systems that merge into the common pathway. The intrinsic and common pathways are assessed by either the Activated Coagulation Time (ACT) or Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT).

StatSpin OvaTube

Ova and Parasite Detection System

In-Clinic Parasite Detection Test Kit

OvaTube is the ideal in-clinic parasite detection test kit which is suitable for companion and small animals and has been developed for use in veterinary hospitals, practices and reference laboratories. In a situation where an animal has internal parasites or a particular parasite, the concentration flotation technique is recommended, particularly the centrifugal technique, for the maximum yield of ova and oocysts.

Worm Egg Detection Method For Companion And Small Animals

The basic principle uses a flotation solution of special Specific Gravity in which the faecal sample is mixed and poured into a centrifuge tube. This can then be incubated vertically on the bench for up to 10-15 minutes. However, it is proven that if the tube is centrifuged at slow speed for a few minutes, the accuracy is greatly improved. Importantly, centrifugation forces heavy debris to the bottom of the tube; allows flotation of the ova and prevents debris from obscuring the final microscopic examination. OvaTube together with our ready-made Vetlab Flotation Solution is ideal for performing both techniques.

OvaTube - The Perfect In-Clinic Solution: fast easy and clean

The StatSpin OvaTube is the first centrifugation method that is easy and fast without any mess, with a simple coring tool to obtain a sample. Just add the sample to the tube and mix with standard flotation fluid. Centrifuge in either a fixed angle or horizontal centrifuge, remove the tube, add a coverslip, and twist. In just a few minutes results are ready to read.

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OvaTube - Advantages

  • Accurate in-clinic results (gold standard)
  • Cost-effective
  • Cleaner processing of samples
  • 3 minute coverslip transfer for microscopic examination
  • Fast results - Diagnose patients whilst they wait
  • Standardises the method

Using StatSpin OvaTube without a Centrifuge

Follow the instructions carefully, then stand the OvaTube vertically in a rack for 10 -15 minutes.

Statspin Ovatube Manual Method

Summary

Centrifugal flotation is recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) as the prefered method for routine screening of faecal samples for the detection of parasite ova. In addition, it is recommended that faecal examinations should be performed 2 - 4 times during the first year of life and 1 - 2 times per year in adult pets.

References

Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). 2009.

Comparison Study of StatSpin OvaTube and Standard Centrifugal Method for Recovery of Faecal Parasite and Ova Detection

  Companion Animal Parasitology Council

 

FASTest BCV Strip - Bovine Coronavirus Infection

BCV Strip

Test Applicable to: Calf

Sample: Faeces

The FASTest BCV Strip is based on a rapid immunochromatographic test principle. The test membrane contains two unique monoclonal antibodies. One of these monoclonal antibodies is bound to colloidal gold particles, the second is immobilised in the test zone of the strip. If the stool sample extract contains bovine coronavirus antigens, these will form an antigen-antibody complex with the gold particles. As this complex migrates along the Test zone of the membrane to the immobilised capture antibody, a pink-purple line is formed indicating a positive test result.

Coronavirus infections show fluid and mucous diarrhoea, mostly over a short period of time. Stress situations and secondary viral or bacterial infections concurrent to bovine coronavirus infections can prove fatal to the animal.

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FASTest Giardia Strip

GIARDIA Strip

Test applicable to: Dog, Cat, Calf, Lamb, Hedgehog, Foal and Piglet

Sample: Faeces

FASTest GIARDIA Strip is based on the latest rapid immunochromatographic technique. It contains two unique monoclonal antibodies. One of these monoclonal antibodies is bonded to latex particles; the second is immobilized in the test zone of the strip. If the stool sample extract contains Giardia antigen, these will form an antigen-antibody complex with the latex particles.

Giardia duodenalis (syn. G. lamblia or G. intestinalis) is a protozoan parasite commonly inhabiting the upper intestinal tract of dogs, cats and a wide range of other animals including humans. Unlike some other products, FASTest Giardia detects both the active disease (trophozoite) and the carrier state (cyst).

Clinical Signs of Giardia in Young Animals

Giardia tends to cause signs mainly in young animals e.g. dogs and cats aged between 6 weeks to 3 months. Asymptomatic carriers are possible. Giardia is a protozoan capable of infecting humans as well as other animal species e.g. Bovine, Feline and Canine. Giardia duodenalis exists in two different morphological stages: an asexual, intestinal growth form called a `trophozoite’ and an encystment form called an `oocyst’. Infection is achieved via oral ingestion of faeces or contaminated water.

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FASTest E.coli – K99 Strip

FASTest E.coli –K99 Strip

Test applicable to – Cattle and Sheep

Sample: Faeces

The FASTest E.coli-K99 Strip contains two unique monoclonal antibodies. One of these monoclonal antibodies is bonded to colloidal gold particles, the second is immobilised in the Test zone of the strip. If the stool sample extract contains K99 main pilar antigens these will form an antigen-antibody complex with the gold particles. As this complex migrates along the Test zone of the membrane to the immobilised capture antibody, a pink-purple line is formed indicating a positive test result. The remaining conjugate migrates to a second antibody on the Control zone of the strip forming a second pink-purple line. This indicates correct performance of the test.

Sample Storage

Samples can be stored for up to 2 days at +2ºC to +8ºC. For longer storage period the faecal suspension can be stored for several months at -20ºC.

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FASTest ROTA Strip

Rotavirus Infection

Test applicable to - Horse, Cattle, Pig, Dog and Cat

Sample: Faeces

The FASTest ROTA Strip contains two unique monoclonal antibodies. One of these monoclonal antibodies is bonded to Latex particles, the second is immobilised in the Test zone of the strip.

Rotavirus Antigens

If the stool sample extract contains Rotavirus antigens these will form an antigen-antibody complex with the Latex particles. As this complex migrates along the Test zone of the membrane to the immobilised capture antibody, a red line is formed indicating a positive test result.

The remaining conjugate migrates to a second antibody on the Control zone of the test strip forming a blue line. This indicates proper performance of the test. The colour intensity varies and is dependent on the quantity of antigens in the sample.

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FASTest Parvo Card - Canine Parvovirus

Parvo Card

Test applicable to: Dog, Cat and Mink

Sample: Faeces

FASTest PARVO Card is a rapid immunochromatographic "lateral flow" test for the detection of antigen to Canine Parvovirus antigen in the faeces of dog, cat and mink. Parvovirus infection is a common cause of canine infectious enteritis. It is highly contagious. Therefore, a rapid and reliable diagnosis via in-house tests is important in a clinical setting. The precise diagnosis of a CPV infection enables the veterinarian to apply immediate treatment and to introduce quarantine measures for infected animals.

Prevalence of Canine Parvovirus

Although vaccination has greatly reduced the prevalence of Parvo CPV2 infection in the U.K., the recent economic recession has led to a reduction in vaccinations and an increase in CPV2 outbreaks. Maternal antibody is also causing a problem by neutralising vaccine in puppies and allowing a window of opportunity for infection in-between vaccinations. It is therefore vital for every veterinary practice to be on their guard and have the capability to quickly confirm CPV2 infections. FASTest Parvo Card allows veterinary practices to do this quickly and easily.

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