Molecular Testing for Parasite Detection and Disease Diagnosis
Polymerase chain reaction testing is mainly used as a confirmatory test for detecting patient parasitic infection through DNA derived from parasite stages.
Appropriate use of PCR molecular techniques for definitive parasite detection depends on the need to distinguish between morphologically similar species
Decoding Vaccine Titers: A Literature-Based Review of Vaccine Titers in Companion Animal Practice
Vaccine titers are measures of the levels of serum antibodies against pathogens, which can be used to determine whether a vaccination is required.
Clients might be asking you about vaccine titers before opting into vaccinations. Give them the full rundown on what titers do and don’t cover.
Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration and Core Biopsy
Ultrasound-guided sampling techniques are relatively safe, low cost, minimally invasive techniques for obtaining diagnostic tissue samples.
Ultrasound-guided FNA and needle core biopsy are excellent techniques for obtaining diagnostic tissue samples. While complications are possible, they are usually minimal, especially when the procedure is performed by a highly trained and experienced veterinary sonographer.
Q&A: Dr. Jennifer Ogeer Discusses Antech’s SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance Program
Antech Diagnostics discovered the first two pets in the US to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 as part of its surveillance program. We spoke with Dr. Jennifer Ogeer about the testing program.
The first two pets to test positive for the coronavirus in the US were discovered by Antech Diagnostics’ surveillance program. We discuss with an expert from Antech.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Veterinary Patients
CGMs for companion animals with diabetes have become more commonplace in veterinary medicine as the advancement and affordability have progressed past more traditional methods.
Continuous glucose monitors for companion animals with diabetes have become more commonplace in veterinary medicine as the advancement and affordability have progressed past more traditional methods.
For the past several years, scientists at Mars Petcare have been working on developing predictive diagnostic tools using its vast repository of anonymized pet medical records and machine learning. RenalTech, which can predict chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats 2 years prior to the patient showing any signs or symptoms of the disease, is the first one to be released.
Osteoarthritis Staging Tool for Dogs Now Available
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs. The COAST staging tool is expected to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of dogs with OA.
Canine Caval Syndrome Series, Part 2: A Practical Approach to Diagnosing Caval Syndrome
Stephen L. Jones, DVM Lakeside Animal Hospital, Moncks Corner, South Carolina The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics …
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Sepsis, Part 1: Recognition and Diagnosis
Animals with evidence of a widespread systemic inflammatory condition should never be ignored; the deleterious consequences of excessive inflammation may include organ injury and death. Recognition and diagnosis of these emergent patients is the focus of Part 1 of this article series.