Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
Antech Diagnostics has released what it calls a faster way of detecting bacterial infections in cat and dog urine cultures, a development that supports the more prudent use of antibiotics.
The FIRSTract test is run at an Antech reference laboratory and has a turnaround time of 24 hours. The automated assay uses light-scattering technology to monitor “intense bacteria replication activity,” the company reported.
“The FIRSTract urine culture test creates a new and unique opportunity to meet pet owner demands for a speedy recovery while also satisfying our commitment to promoting antimicrobial stewardship,” said Jennifer Ogeer, DVM, MS, MBA, Antech’s vice president of medical affairs.
Ohio State University professor emeritus Dennis J. Chew, DVM, DACVIM, speaking on behalf of Antech, said, “Prescribing antibiotics judiciously and at the outset of a proven (urinary tract infection) is a win for pets, pet owners and veterinary medicine.
“Equally important is knowing that bacterial infection is not part of the problem, especially in cats with signs of lower urinary tract disease in which true infection with bacteria is uncommon.”
FIRSTract is being offered free of charge with all urine culture tests, according to Antech. More information is available at bit.ly/39rpvE4.
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