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(30.03.2016)        PCR detection of Equine Coronavirus (ECoV)

PCR detection of Equine Coronavirus (ECoV) ...more

A realtime PCR for the direct detection of equine coronavirus is now available at LABOKLIN.

Especially in adult horses and during cold weather months, ECoV is associated with anorexia, lethargy, fever, changes in fecal character (diarrhea is not routinely seen), and mild colicy-like signs.

Sample material: faeces


(20.11.2015)        NEW! SDMA (Symmetric dimethylarginine)

SDMA test available ...more

Chronic kidney disease as well as the early detection in the creatinine blind zone is still a big issue in small animal practice. The protein-creatinine ratio indicates the increased excretion of protein before the creatinine retention. A new parameter, SDMA (symmetric dimethylarginine), originates from the degradation of muscle cells and is excreted exclusively via the kidneys. SDMA is supposed to detect the early stages of renal dysfunction reliably and with low interference. Newer publications reported a significant inverse correlation between the glomerular filtration rate and SDMA in cats. We recommend the SDMA test in cases where an early-stage renal dysfunction is supposed.

Species: dogs and cats (for now)

Sample material: serum (LiHep plasma) (0.5 ml)


(12.11.2015)        FIV-PCR: faster confirmation of positive antibody titres is now possible

FIV-PCR: faster confirmation of positive antibody titres is now possible ...more

In addition to our quantitative FIV-PCR (partnerlab, test duration: 1-2 weeks, including provirus load for therapy control), you have now the opportunity to request our new qualitative FIV-PCR (inhouse PCR, test duration: 1-3 working days, no provirus load). With this PCR, a confirmation of positive FIV antibody titres is now possible within 1-3 working days.


(01.10.2015)        PCR detection of Demodex spp. in dogs and cats

PCR detection of Demodex spp. in dogs and cats ...more

A semiquantitative realtime PCR for the direct detection of canine and feline Demodex mites is now available at LABOKLIN. This PCR test is validated for all currently known species in dogs (D.canis, D.injai, D.cornei) and cats (D.cati, D.gatoi, D.felis).

Sample material
: deep skin scrapings


(29.09.2015)        Differentiation of dermatophytes via PCR

Differentiation of dermatophytes via PCR ...more

The LABOKLIN dermatophyte PCR has been further developed and improved now allowing differentiation of the dermatophyte species after a positive PCR result.
 
The new PCR is able to detect and differentiate the following dermatopyhtes: Microsporum (M.) canis, M. gypseum, M. persicolor, Trichophyton (T.) mentagrophytes, and T. equinum.
 
Sample material: hairs (hair roots!), skin scrapings, skin scales.
 
Test duration: 2-4 working days.


(14.08.2015)        Detection of Sarcoptes scabiei var. canis - PCR now available

Detection of Sarcoptes scabiei var. canis - PCR now available ...more

A realtime PCR test for the direct detection of Sarcoptes scabiei var. canis is now available at LABOKLIN.

Animal species: dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, ferret and other Canidae and Mustelidae

Sample material: superficial skin scrapings


(11.08.2015)        Detection of Dog Circovirus - PCR now available

Detection of Dog Circovirus - PCR now available ...more

A realtime PCR test for the detection of Circovirus infections in dogs is now available at LABOKLIN.

Sample material: faeces, EDTA blood, tissue (liver, lymphoid tissue, intestine, kidney).


(31.07.2015)        Detection of Treponema paraluiscuniculi - PCR now available

Detection of Treponema paraluiscuniculi - PCR now available ...more

A realtime PCR test for the diagnosis of Spirochaetosis cuniculi in rabbits is now available at LABOKLIN.

Sample material: tissue (skin lesions), swabs without medium (vagina, preputium).


(23.03.2015)        Detection of Angiostrongylus vasorum - PCR now available

Detection of Angiostrongylus vasorum - PCR now available ...more

A realtime PCR test for an early diagnosis of Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in dogs is now available at LABOKLIN.

Sample material: EDTA blood, bronchoalveolar lavage, tissue (lung, brain).


(25.02.2015)        Price changes for genetic tests

Price changes for genetic tests from LABOKLIN on 01.03.2015 ...more

Dear Sir/Madam

LABOKLIN has been your trustworthy partner for genetic tests for more than 15 years. Since then, we have had stable and moderate prices and we will continue to guarantee this.

Today we would like to inform you about an international standardisation of our price system for the genetic department. This takes place on the 01.03.2015. These changes will be implemented to achieve international unification and more transparent and simpler prices for you. Due to this process the prices may increase slightly but not more than 5%. Our breeding club discounts will rise from 15 to 20%. All samples arriving in our lab by the 28.02.2015 will be treated with the old price rules.

The exact information about the prices will be added to our webpage in the near future. Additionally, a webshop for genetic tests, coming soon to our new website, will allow our customers to order the tests online.

Please feel free to contact us directly for any further information.

Best regards
Your Labogen team


(14.11.2014)        FECAVA-posters

FECAVA-posters for PDF-download ...more


(16.10.2014)        WSAVA Calls for Quarantine not Euthanasia for Dogs Exposed to Ebola

WSAVA Calls for Quarantine not Euthanasia for Dogs Exposed to Ebola ...more

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), a global veterinary association, has called for the testing and quarantine of dogs exposed to the Ebola virus in countries not endemic for the disease, not automatic euthanasia. It has spoken out following the euthanasia on 8 October 2014 of a pet dog belonging to an infected woman in Spain on the government's orders and against her wishes.

The infection of a nurse in Spain with Ebola after caring for an infected priest has caused international concern and people who have come into contact with her are in quarantine. The Madrid regional government also obtained a court order to euthanise her dog, claiming that 'available scientific information' could not rule out 'a risk of contagion.' Quarantine was not considered as an alternative and the dog has now been destroyed.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is an association made up of 92 veterinary organizations from all over the world, representing 145,000 individual veterinarians globally. Full scientific evidence to support its views is available at www.wsava.org.

[Quelle: WSAVA]


(09.10.2014)        Dermatophyte PCR – an efficient way for early diagnosis and antimycotic therapy

Dermatophyte PCR – an efficient way for early diagnosis and antimycotic therapy ...more

A Dermotophyte PCR test is now available at LABOKLIN providing results within 2-4 working days versus 1-3 weeks using conventional fungal culture.

Sample material: hairs (hair roots!), skin scrapings, skin scales.


(16.09.2014)        FECAVA LABOKLIN Travel Bursary

FECAVA LABOKLIN Travel Bursary - Application deadline extended ...more


The application deadline for the FECAVA LABOKLIN Travel Bursary has been extended until October 1 2014. For questions concerning the bursary please contact ulrike@fecava.org.

FECAVA Regeln

(17.07.2014)        Bovine Papillomavirus Type 1 and 2

Bovine Papillomavirus Type 1 and 2 (Equine Sarcoids) ...more

A bovine papillomavirus type 1 and 2 PCR test is now available at LABOKLIN. It is widely accepted that both viruses are associated with the pathogenesis of equine sarcoids.

Sample material: scurf, hairs (hair roots!), tissue (tumor).


(11.04.2014)        GLOWORM questionnaire

EU-research project - gloworm ...more

http://www.gloworm.eu/
For 2 years now LABOKLIN has been involved in the EU-research project "gloworm" which aims at an optimised management of detection and prevention of parasitic diseases in cattle and small ruminants.
In this context we would like to ask for your cooperation - a questionnaire which takes max. 5 minutes to fill in can be found at   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/grazing_English 
It would be much appreciated if you could persuade your livestock owners to participate.


(26.03.2014)        European Travel Bursary launched

European Travel Bursary launched ...more

Did you ever wonder how canine leishmaniasis is treated in Istanbul, what racing injuries are common in huskies in Norway, how feline vaccination protocols look like in Malaga or what referral services for companion animals are available in Estonia? Well, now you and a group of your local colleagues can find out first hand, have your expenses paid and you might even make some new friends while doing it.
In order to improve the understanding of companion animal veterinarians in Europe at “grass root” level, the FECAVA, the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations, has launched the FECAVA LABOKLIN Travel Bursary together with Laboklin at  their latest meeting in Helsinki. The Bursary which is granted once a year will enable two groups of small animal practitioners from two different parts of Europe to visit each other, to observe each other’s daily work, to enjoy their local culture and to learn from another.
Exact details about the bursary and how to apply can be found in the spring edition of EJCAP Online which can be found by visiting the FECAVA website at www.fecava.org.

At the launch of the Travel Bursary in Helsinki
At the launch of the Travel Bursary in Helsinki (from left to right FECAVA’s President Elect Jerzy Gawor, LABOKLIN Representative Christoph Gerhards, FECAVA President Monique Megens, FECAVA’s Honorary Secretary Wolfgang Dohne and Treasurer Denis Novak)


(14.11.2013)        Gloworm Meeting Dublin

Gloworm Meeting Dublin ...more

LABOKLIN searches together with experts from Europe to control helminth infections in livestock.
The title of the project is gloworm.
The 2nd GLOWORM General Assembly/Scientific Meeting was held on 16-17 September 2013 in Dublin to consider the progress to date.
Previous data on the different project parts were presented and discussed.
Good progress of the multispecies- test, developed by the FU Berlin, was reported. Antibodies against Fasciola hepatica, Dictyocaulus vivparus, Ostertagia ostertagi, Haemonchus contortus and Cooperia oncophera will be detectable simultaneously in bovine sera. Furthermore a Lamp-test by the Moredun Research Institute was developed to detect H. contortus.   This test approves to be 10times more sensitive than common PCR methods.
A third test detecting SNP‘s (single nucleotide polymorphism), which are responsible for benzimidazole resistance, is under construction.
The second aim of Gloworm is the development of transmission models for several nematode species, which might further lead to control strategies.
The models for Ostertagia ostertagi, Cooperia oncophera, Teladorsagia circumcincta und Haemonchus contortus are in process.
A database for spatial analysis and modeling of gastrointestinal parasite transmission is expected beginning next year.
The university of Ghent presented a web-based tool, ParaCalc®, which enables individual cost analyses  of parasitic infections and their treatment approaches and their economic impact.
Further information on the latest research outputs:
www.gloworm.eu


(25.09.2013)        Ranavirus and Picornavirus

News in PCR diagnostics of reptiles ...more

Ranavirus and Picornavirus PCR tests are now available at LABOKLIN. Ranaviruses play a role in reptiles, amphibians, and fishes, Picornaviruses only in tortoises.

Sample material: swabs without medium, tissue.


(30.08.2013)        RHD virus PCR test

PCR test for RHD virus now available ...more

Concerning diagnosis of RHD (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease), a new PCR test is now available at LABOKLIN. RHD is a highly contagious and mostly fatal disease in rabbits of the species Oryctolagus cuniculus.

Sample material: swabs without medium (e.g. conjunctiva), urine, faeces, EDTA blood, tissue (especially liver).


(22.08.2013)        IBD (Arenavirus) PCR test

IBD (Arenavirus) PCR test ...more

Concerning diagnosis of Inclusion Body Disease (IBD) in giant snakes, a new Arenavirus PCR test is now available at LABOKLIN.

The new PCR detects the “California Academy of Sciences Virus (CASV)”, the “Golden Gate Virus (GGV)”, and the “Collierville Virus (CVV)”.

Sample material: swabs without transportmedium (oesophagus) or tissue (e.g. liver, pancreas, kidney, brain).


(15.08.2013)        Detection of Avian Bornavirus – PCR now available

Detection of Avian Bornavirus – PCR now available ...more

Concerning diagnosis of Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) in psittacines, a new Avian Bornavirus PCR test is now available at LABOKLIN.

PDD is a mostly fatal disease of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract of psittacines (especially large parrots) characterized by a significant dilatation of the proventriculus.

Sample material: swabs without transportmedium (crop and cloaca), tissue (brain, gastrointestinal tract).


(11.06.2013)        Myxomatosis PCR Test

Myxomatosis PCR Test ...more

A Myxoma virus PCR test is now available at LABOKLIN.

Myxomatosis is an acute generalized and mostly fatal disease in rabbits, characterized by subcutaneous oedema and cutaneous and/or subcutaneous nodular. Due to the mainly arthropod-borne transmission occurrence is mostly seen in wet, cool summers.

Sample material: Conjunctival swab without media, tissue.


(22.03.2013)        Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK)

The mutation responsible for causing HNPK ...more

The mutation responsible for causing Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK) has been, for the first time, described by Prof. Dr. Tosso Leeb from the University of Bern and his team. Laboklin could acquire the worldwide exclusive license for the HNPK test which is about to be patented.    


(20.02.2013)        Differentiation of feline haemotropic mycoplasmas – PCR now available

Differentiation of feline haemotropic mycoplasmas – PCR now available ...more

In cats, three different haemotropic mycoplasmas (previously Haemobartonella) are described so far varying strongly in their pathogenic potential. Beside the Ohio isolate Mycoplasma haemofelis and the most common California isolate Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum, a third species was recently identified, designated as Candidatus Mycoplasma turicensis. While Mycoplasma haemofelis alone could lead to a severe infectious anaemia in immuncompetent animals, an infection with Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum is usually subclinical. Coinfections are possible and result in more obvious clinical signs than monoinfections.

Beside our conventional Haemobartonella PCR detecting all three strains, we now offer - in a further step - the possibility to differentiate between the various pathogenic feline haemobartonella strains.

Material: 0.5 ml EDTA blood

 


(17.10.2012)        Genetic test for: Osteochondrodysplasie (dwarfism) in Labrador Retriever

Genetic test for: Osteochondrodysplasie (dwarfism) in Labrador Retriever ...more


LABOKLIN now offers a genetic test for Osteochondrodysplasie (dwarfism) in Labrador Retriever. The test for the mutation has been developed by Prof. Dr. Leeb's and Prof. Dr. Lohi's group. The disease is most spread in hunting and working types of dog. Despite smaller and disproportioned body size, no further symptoms seem to occur.


(08.02.2012)        Dry Eye Curly Coat Syndrome

Dry Eye Curly Coat Syndrome in Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ...more

Episodic Falling and Dry Eye Curly Coat Syndrome are the two most relevant hereditary diseases in Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed.
Affected dog puppies suffer from keratoconjunctivitis sicca from eyelid opening, abnormal (rough/curly) coat and appear usually smaller than littermates. Footpads are hyperkeratinised from young adulthood including nail growth abnormalities and intermittent sloughing, pain and lameness.
Both diseases are inherited in an autosomal-recessive trait. Carriers are free of symptoms, but can spread the mutation in the breed. The now available genetic tests enable the identification of carriers, a crucial step in breeding managemant.

Please note: Combinated genetic testing for Dry Eye Curly Coat Syndrome and Episodic Falling is very attractively in terms of price!


(06.12.2011)        Anaplasma platys - new PCR-test available

Anaplasma platys - new PCR-test available ...more

From now on LABOKLIN offers a specific test for detection of Anaplasma platys via realtime PCR (test number 8236). Anaplasma platys is an obligate intracellular rickettsial organism and causes the disease called canine infectious cyclic thrombocytopenia. Samples: 0,5 ml EDTA-blood, tick


(02.08.2011)        New PCR-profile: Neurology Dog

New PCR-profile: Neurology Dog ...more

To clarify the causes of infectious diseases in CNS Laboklin now offers a PCR-profile called "Neurology Dog" (test number 8203). This profile combines the detection of canine distemper virus, Neospora caninum, Toxoplasma gondii and tick-borne encephalitis virus via PCR. CSF-aspirates are recommended, sampling should be performed 2-10 days after onset of neurological symptoms.


(24.02.2011)        2 new horse profiles in LABOKLIN

2 new horse profiles in LABOKLIN ...more

Since November we have been offering new special profiles for the two most common endocrine diseases in horses: EMS and Cushing profiles. EMS-Profil: fasting insuline and glucose, fructosamine and 2-3 proxies for insulin sensitivity, that is, pancreatic-ß-cell activity (RISQI, MIRG, I:G ratio). Cushing-Profil: includes the whole EMS-Profil and, additionally, ACTH, triglycerides and G-GT.


(27.09.2010)        Extended antibiotics panel

Now we can additionally test the antibiotics meropem, ticarcillin, amikacin, clarithromycin, ceftazidim amd ceftifur. ...more

Antibiogramm PlatteTo complete our broad spectrum of antibiotics we usually test, we prepared and included in our routine antibiogram an extended antibiotics panel.

Now we can additionally test the antibiotics meropem, ticarcillin, amikacin, clarithromycin, ceftazidim amd ceftifur. This extended antibiotics panel can be recommended in case of previous treated and resistant infections.


(01.06.2010)        Hymenoptera

Hymenoptera profile ...more

wesp (c) Jan von Bröckel / by PixelioDuring the summer months allergic reactions of our patients are frequently encountered. Especially bites from insects of the order Hymenoptera (wasp, bee, and such) are a problem.

For this reason we developed a new allergy profile called "Hymenoptera", which includes the four most frequently encountered agents in this group.

This allergy test is based on the Epsilon-receptor technology, providing reliable test results by measuring allergy specific IgE-antibodies in samples from affected animals (bitten by bees, wasps, and such).

The code number of this test is 7124, the sample required is 0,5 ml serum.


(20.05.2010)        Mediterranean allergy panel

Since February 2010 LABOKLIN offers a new allergy panel including the major allergens of the mediterranean countries. ...more

Hund und KatzeFor several years now our laboratory offers a serological food allergy test to detect allergen-specific antibodies (IgE and IgG) for the diagnosis of food based hypersensitivities. The increasing use of more „exotic“ sources of protein and carbohydrates in commercially available pet foods makes it very challenging to develop an elimination diet that only consists of unknown proteins and carbohydrates for the patient. Extended Food Allergy Panel

Especially during the winter months, an increasing number of pet owners likes to travel into more southern parts of Europe and they commonly take their pets with them. As a consequence of these traveling habits, the veterinarian more frequently is presented with animals not only suffering from diseases caused by agents endemic in these areas but also with an increasing number of animals that developed allergies against allergens encountered in the respective areas.

Therefore we developed a special mediterranean allergy panel (based on Fc-Epsilon-Receptor technology). This new panel contains a completely new combination of allergens to accommodate for this change of environment (24 allergens, south regional pollen, perennial allergens and flea). 


(19.05.2010)        Allergy guide -Pruritus- for dog and cat

Allergy guide -Pruritus- for dog and cat ...more

Allergies are in season in spring and summer – as guideline to help you get through the differentials our colleague Regina Wagner being a qualified vet dermatologist has designed a flow chart (PDF 425 KB). We hope this will make finding the diagnosis easier.


(18.01.2010)        A new reference values list

A new reference values list ...more

Using the order form, you can get a print version for your clinic.
A new reference values list replace the old one.

In this poster the classical species like dog, cat, cow, horse, but also guinea pig, rabbit and some birds are included .

If you want to have a look first, you can open the  PDF-file   (2886 KG) 



(14.11.2009)        Converting factors for diagnostic parameters

A converter for easy comparison of results with diagnostic parameters ...more

A converter for easy comparison of results with diagnostic parameters in different units -
our new  SI-calculator  is online in menu service. We hope your work in practice will be a little bit easier.


(12.11.2009)        Changes valid from July 1st 2009 on:

Beginning July 1st, we have to change some of our prices mainly affecting histopath ...more

Beginning July 1st, we have to change some of our prices mainly affecting histopath and allergy. Please contact us for new order sheets in case of interest. For basic lab work e.g. clinical chemistry, hematology, endocrinology and serology we were able to continue keeping our prices stable.


New: we have set up a variety of symptom oriented PCR combinations to rule out / identify infectious agents very cost effectively. You can order these panels by just noting the test number quoted in front of the panel.

New: we offer a geriatric screen for male dogs including a marker for prostate hyperplasia and a geriatric screen especially designed for horses.


(11.11.2009)        Tritrichomonas foetus

Tritrichomonas foetus is known to be a causeative agent for diarrhea in cats ...more

Tritrichomonas foetus is known to be a causeative agent for diarrhea in cats quite often with symptoms resembling Giardiasis. New data show evidence, that not only cats in multicat households but also younger cats and purebreds are more prone to catch the disease.
 
In Accordance with Prof. Steiner from the GI-Lab in Texas we have established a PCR for the detections using feaces directly without any further preparation in the vet clinic.


(10.11.2009)        Report forwarding

If your want to forward your report as an e-mail to colleague or pet owner ...more

If your want to forward your report as an e-mail to colleague or pet owner, please use the red colored envelope-icon to transmit. 
 Report forwarding
 


(09.11.2009)        Figure update on Borreliosis and TBE

As the activity of ticks is on the rise again so are the questions of pet owners ...more

 ZeckeBorreliosis / Lyme disease: As the activity of ticks is on the rise again so are the questions of pet owners about the risk of infections by them. We therefore have taken a closer look on our statistics from last year. Positive IgG titers were present in approximately one-third of the dogs tested. We do of course all know that this seroconversion does not necessarily correlate with an illness. A positive IgM titer, detection of bands specific for early infections in the Western Blot (VlsE) and positive PCR results from tissue samples (synovial fluid etc.) were recorded in 4-5 % of samples tested. 15 % of ticks submitted to us for Borrelia testing yielded positive results. This examination should be considered when ticks are detected on small children and the question of a prophylactic or metaphylactic antibiotic treatment occurs.
 
TBE
: here the situation is significantly less tense. 8 % of dogs tested seropositive, originating predominantly from known endemic regions. No positive PCR result was noted in 2007 in any of the examined ticks. An interesting side note: one tested horse demonstrated a positive titer.
 
For additional questions please contact us:
e-Mail:  info com
Phone (Germany) +49(0)971/7 20 20
Phone (Finland)  +358(0)9/67 53 53 


TBE distribution in Europe (for magnification click here))

Source:
www.zecken.de



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