Equine Mating Testing
Equine mating season is upon us again. Gribbles Veterinary offers a range of options to assist with pre-mating, pregnancy and post foaling.
See below for further testing information.
For exclusion of:
- Klebsiella pneumoniae
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Option 1: PCR
For a fast turnaround.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a fast, accurate, quick, and efficient testing method to diagnose pathogens. It can provide you with a fast turnaround time, and can provide you with confidence to proceed with mating at that critical foal heat, or when time is short.
Sample: Uterine and / or clitoral swab | TAT: 24 hrs upon arrival to the laboratory.
*Test performed Monday to Saturday. Samples submitted on Saturday must reach the lab by 11.00am.
If received after 11am they will be put up for culture.
Option 2: Culture
Rules out active infection and can provide sensitivities.
Our highly experienced microbiologists can provide you with results that determine the presence or absence of live organisms. Sensitivities provided with positive cultures, helps Veterinarians choose suitable antibiotics for treatment.
Sample: Uterine and / or clitoral swab | TAT: 24 hrs (preliminary) and 48 hrs (final) upon arrival to the laboratory.
Option 3: PCR and Culture
Combination to determine faster active infection with suitable treatment options.
+ Pregnancy Mare Serum Gonadotropin (PMSG)
PMSG testing – is a specific serology test for pregnancy in mares. It is detectable in serum or plasma 40 - 120 days of gestation.
Sample: 3 ml serum | TAT: 5 days upon arrival to the laboratory
+ Oestrone Sulphate
Oestrone sulphate is only produced by a combination of viable foetus and placenta, it is the only pregnancy endocrine test that confirms that a foetus is alive. Oestrone sulphate can be detected from day 60, peaks at around day 150 then slowly declines.
+ Foal IgG
Immunoglobulin’s in combination with the foals immune system, aid in the defense against infection. Our quantitative Foal IgG test will give you an accurate indication as to whether adequate passive transfer has occurred during the neonatal period.
Sample: Serum | TAT: 2 – 4 hrs upon arrival to the laboratory.
+ Serum Amyloid A (SAA)
SAA is a major acute phase protein in horses. Acute phase proteins increase with inflammation. Fibrinogen is a minor acute phase protein in horses.
SAA is suited for diagnosing the presence of inflammation and real-time monitoring of inflammatory changes in disease states and responses to treatment.
SAA is a rapidly responding and very sensitive marker of inflammation that increases several hundred-fold during infectious and non-infectious inflammations and peaks 36-48 hours after injury.
Sample: 1 ml of serum or clot activated tube | TAT: 6 hours from arrival at the laboratory
For more information on Equine testing click here. Alternatively, call us on 1300 307 190.