Monday, 24 August 2015

IDEXX Laboratories has partnered with Lancet Pathologist Kenya towards changing animal disease diagnosis

The Kenya Veterinary Association, the Kenya Veterinary Board, the director of veterinary services together with "small five VET CLINIC" and Kenya Companion Small Animal Veterinary Association welcome IDEXX Laboratories in Kenya. Thank you Lancet Pathologists Kenya for making this dream a reality.

IDEXX laboratories equipments will help improve our diagnostic services by a great margin, animal treatment at our facility will be fast and efficient, our clients will be able to save money in seeking help for their pets.



The chief executive officer Pathologists Lancet Kenya, Dr Ahmed Kalebi, (second right) consults with Director of Veterinary Services Dr Kisa Ngeiywa as IDEXX Laboratories Regional General Manager Gail Caunter (left) looks on. Lancet Kenya has diversified into animal health services in partnership with IDEXX. PHOTO | Correspondent | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

  

In Summary
  • The deal will see Pathologists Lancet Kenya start providing laboratory testing services for livestock and pets across the country. 
  • Many vets often opt to treat their animal patients based on outward symptoms without the benefit of evidence-based laboratory testing.
  • Veterinary testing market is largely untapped in Kenya but the demand for services is high. 
A laboratory services company, Pathologists Lancet Kenya, has partnered with IDEXX Laboratories, a global firm in the field of animal health. The deal will see Lancet Kenya start providing laboratory testing services for livestock and pets. The strategy is expected to give Lancet Kenya an entry into the veterinary testing market that is largely untapped in Kenya although the demand for such services is significant.

Lancet Kenya, which has over 35 branches in the country, has also introduced a system for supplying consumables and IDEXX-customised rapid tests to vets for convenient use within their clinics or in the field.

ANIMAL PATIENTS 
"Some vets have been approaching laboratories that are meant for testing human samples seeking essential basic tests in order to properly diagnose and treat their animal patients appropriately. But they often meet disappointments since human laboratories are not calibrated for animal testing," CEO of Pathologists Lancet Kenya, Dr. Ahmed Kalebi, said on Thursday.

Mr. Kalebi said that many vets often opt to treat their animal patients based on outward symptoms without the benefit of evidence-based laboratory testing.

These diagnostic services will be available to vets, who attend to small and companion animal owners, poultry and dairy farmers, vet public health, wildlife services and vet scientists.

REFERRAL TESTS 
Lancet Kenya has commissioned an IDEXX-equipped referral laboratory, in Nairobi, which will run routine and specialised referral tests required by vets across the country.

Samples will be collected through the firm's existing branch network and courier links, brought to Nairobi for specialised tests and result transmitted through online or mobile platforms to vets who previously had no access to these specialised services.

Rare and highly specialised tests will be handled in conjunction with IDEXX reference laboratories and other testing centres in South Africa, which are internationally accredited.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Spirocercosis

Dogs are infected by eating an intermediate host (usually dung beetle) or a transport host (chickens, reptiles or rodents). The larvae migrate to the thoracic aorta, where they usually remain for almost 3 months. Eggs are passed in faeces almost 5–6 months after infection.

Most dogs with S.lupi infection show rare clinical signs, but when signs are present, they most commonly include weight loss, coughing, and difficulty in breathing. When the oesophageal lesion is very large (usually when it has become tumerous), the dog has difficulty swallowing and may vomit repeatedly after trying to eat. Such dogs salivate profusely and eventually become emaciated. In addition, they may develop thickening of the long bones. These clinical signs are suggestive of spirocercosis with associated neoplasia in regions where the parasite is prevalent. Occasionally, a dog dies suddenly as the result of massive bleeding into the thorax after rupture of the aorta damaged by the developing worms.

Diagnosis can be made by your vet through clinical signs, faecal lab by demonstrating the characteristic small, elongated eggs that contain larvae in the faeces. Gastroscopic imaging occasionally reveals a nodule or an adult worm. A confirmatory diagnosis can be made by radiographic examination when it reveals dense masses in the esophagus; a positive-contrast barium study may help define the lesion. CT is an additional useful diagnostic tool.

It is important to note that many infections are not diagnosed until post-mortem.

Treatment and Control
It is important to plan a regular check up with your vet.

Dogs should be prevented from eating dung beetles, frogs, mice, lizards etc. and not fed raw chicken scraps. There are special spot on medicine that helps prevent the condition.

Please note that treatment of clinical cases is often not practical.

  

Saturday, 25 April 2015

15th World Veterinary Day

During the "49th Annual Scientific Conference" in Busia we celebrated the "15th World Veterinary Day" today.

  

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Wheelchair for a puppy

Clients who have recently visited us might have seen that cute puppy in the front office. It is paralized (due to "self-vaccination" into the spinal cord in the former home?!?) and cannot move the hind legs.

We tried to get it walking again and were hopeful due to the young age. But it's time to accept that the nerves won't grow back and try new ways. We came up with the idea of building a dog-wheelchair. Very common in the US, new to Kenya.

What we are still looking for are wheels. Anyone has a pair of old stroller wheels or some from those kid's cars/toys? They shouldn't be too big - it's still a puppy :) About 10 to 20cm diameter. Bigger might also be useful in the future.

The status quo is unacceptable though it doesn't feel pain it pulls the legs and gets wound easily. Locking it in a cage is not an option either. Help us, donate two wheels and give this puppy a chance!

Happy Easter everyone and please don't vaccinate your animals on your own.

  

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