Practical Uses

General Health Check

EquiChek™-SAA allows you to have your lab literally in your veterinary toolbox. You can use EquiChek™-SAA as an aid in general health or wellness evaluation giving supporting the overall assessment. EquiChek™-SAA detects Serum Amyloid A (SAA) which has been found to increase with a wide variety of health issues. If it’s high, it’s a red flag that there is a problem that need further attention. EquiChek™-SAA makes this detection easy to do where it matters most, beside the horse.

Pre-Event Testing

EquiChek™-SAA is very useful to use in the run up to any sporting event. You will want to know that your horse is capable of delivering their best performance on that crucial day. EquiChek™-SAA detects equine Serum Amyloid A which has been shown to be a potential indicator of performance level, indeed when this biomarker elevates it indicates the presence of inflammation which could result from an underlying subclinical disease, overtraining, or minor injuries that could affect ability to perform optimally, or worsen as a result of competing.

Monitoring Treatment

To treat or not to treat? That is the question particularly given the increase in antibiotic resistance, and the overuse of expensive antibiotics. Where there is a suspicion of infection, EquiChek™-SAA will help determine the presence of infection to help you get the right answer to treat or not to treat. EquiChek™-SAA is equally useful for monitoring recovery after the administration of antibiotics or other anti-inflammatories. By using EquiChek™-SAA routinely during recovery you can eliminate the inadvertent use or over-use of these drugs which we know is considered to be detrimental to the horse’s long-term health and welfare.

Fertility Management

Inflammatory conditions can have serious impact on breeding outcome. Infection at breeding can affect retention of the embryo while infection in late gestation can have serious impact on the delivery of a healthy foal. EquiChek™-SAA is a valuable support in detection of inflammation and possible infection at both these critical stages.

Biosecurity

Checking a horse for infection before or after transportation, especially where there is potential for infection to spread can help reduce the potential spread of infection.  With EquiChek™-SAA  you can have the reassurance you need close to hand.  Acting quickly can save you more than time.

Monitoring Pre or Post-Surgical Complications

Monitoring Pre or Post-Surgical Complications: The trauma of surgery is sufficiently severe to cause significant increase in SAA and the level of this biomarker will vary with the intensity of the surgery. However, pre-surgical complications such as an active inflammatory condition can have a serious effect on subsequent surgical outcome e.g. in castrations the most common cause of complications is inflammation and active infection, knowing this beforehand helps direct appropriate intervention before commencing an operation. With healing, SAA levels return to normal range within several days.

Joint Diseases

Serum Amyloid A is found in the synovial fluid of horses with joint disease. It has been shown in both research models and naturally occurring disease of the joint that  significant  increases in SAA are present.  Studies demonstrated that this occurs in animals with suspected bacterial infection, infectious arthritis, and other  inflammatory joint problems.