Gamma Check E
The Gamma Check E test is designed to be a rapid screening test for foals, using whole blood or serum. It was developed as a semi-quantitative means of measuring the foal’s IgG level. This test offers results within 5 minutes and can be done “mare side”. No special equipment is needed and the test can be run as early as 8 hours post-foaling allowing time for oral colostrum supplementation. A positive result indicates that the IgG level is greater or equal to 800 mg/dl.
CAUTION: False positive results are occasionally seen when samples are hemolyzed or when a foal has a high fibrinogen level. If the foal is not healthy, we do not recommend using the test. As false negatives do occasionally occur, we do not recommend transfusing a foal with plasma based only on the results of the Gamma Check E test. If the foal tests negative, we suggest repeating the test using the Foal RID test for quantitative results.
Gamma Check C
The Gamma Check C test screens equine colostrum for “adequate” gamma globulin. In doing so, it provides a simple means of selecting only high quality colostrum for supplementation and banking. This test works on both fresh and thawed colostrum and provides results in 10 minutes with a solid clot indicating an IgG of 3800 mg/dl or greater. The test results also aid in identifying foals at risk for Failure of Passive Transfer, allowing time to implement preventative measures to protect the foal.
Gelmate Test Kit
The Gelmate Test Kit is for the detection of acute and chronic inflammation in farm animals. The higher the concentration of inflammatory proteins, mainly gammaglobulin and fibrinogen, the quicker the formation of a solid clot when whole blood is added to the reagent. The history of the patient is important as inflammation within a few weeks of testing may result in a positive Gelmate even if the problem has resolved. Examples of conditions causing elevations in inflammatory proteins: pleurisy, internal abscesses, peritonitis, traumatic reticuloperitonitis. False readings can occur with severe anemia (excessive plasma) or severe dehydration (reduced plasma).
Serum Amyloid A Test
Early identification of infection can be challenging, as the clinical signs are often subtle.
VMRD SAA is an indispensable tool to aid veterinarians in this challenge, as serum amyloid A (SAA) is rapidly responsive to clinical changes. It is virtually undetectable in normal animals but increases with acute inﬂammation more rapidly, dramatically, and predictably than ﬁbrinogen or WBC count. SAA starts dropping as soon as disease begins to resolve, allowing objective monitoring of clinical condition and treatment eﬃcacy.
VMRD SAA for Equine is a 10-minute horse-side lateral flow test designed for use in field or hospital settings. Testspouches are set up for use with whole blood, with numerical results provided by the VMRD Reader.
*If testing serum or plasma is desired, please contact VMRD to purchase the accessory serum/plasma measurement pack.
Dynavet Plasma/Blood Collection Sets
The Dynavet kit is a rapid, convenient and inexpensive way to collect whole blood and red blood cells for emergency transfusion. It is also a great way to prepare a liter of plasma in less than 30 minutes of technician time for immediate use or freezing for subsequent administration. The kit is easy to use and the procedure can be carried out by a Veterinarian or a Technician. We can assist you with evaluations of potential donors to ensure you are selecting animals with the most appropriate blood groups. Transfusion reactions can occur with whole blood, plasma or red cells. If you are unfamiliar with blood typing and crossmatching, you are welcome to call our technical department for advice before using these kits.
There are three variations of the kit, depending on the desired end product:
- The preparation of two liters of whole blood for emergency transfusion. (Set.09)
- The preparation of four liters of whole blood for emergency transfusion. (Set.09 4L)
- The preparation of one liter of plasma. (Set.10)
Each kit contains everything you need for the procedure, including anticoagulant, blood collection bag, blood transfer bags, plastic holder for plasma separation, administration set, sealing clips, and a full set of instructions. All you supply is the donor horse.