Detection of Giardia antigen in dog and cat faeces.
This eliminates the diagnostic problem of intermittent Giardia cyst excretion in faeces. Much greater sensitivity than traditional microscopic techniques. No reactions crossed with other intestinal pathogens. More convenient for the pet owner: it is not necessary to collect samples for 3-5 days.
Formats available: 1, 5 and 10 tests.
Technical documents only for veterinarians
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the diagnostic interest of the Giardia Uranotest?
Detection of Giardia lamblia antigen in dog and cat faeces.
Should I collect the faeces over several days to diagnose Giardia with the Giardia Uranotest?
No. Veterinarians are used to diagnosing Giardia with a microscope, which is a reliable yet very unconvenient method for the pet owner and the veterinarian. This is because faeces need to be collected for 3-5 days to avoid the problem of intermittent Giardia excretion in faeces.
When is it recommended to use Giardia Uranotest?
For puppies and kittens up to 5 months in age, especially those with intermittent diarrhoeas that do not respond to classic antiparasitics.
Also for adult dogs and cats with diarrhoea, it is recommended to include Giardia detection in the differential diagnostic.
Giardia is a public health problem, as it can be transmitted to humans. However, despite the fact the prevalence in puppies may reach up to 50%, there is no awareness as to the need for proper diagnosis and treatment. More attention is given to preventing other infectious or parasitic diseases in puppies that pose no risk to people and animals in the pet’s environment.
How should I interpret a positive Giardia result without symptomatology?
A positive result indicates the presence of Giardia in faeces. If there is no symptomatology, the pet should be considered as an invisible carrier that can act as a source of contagion.
Is the test more reliable if I use a greater amount of faeces?
The Giardia Uranotest is highly sensitive and can detect very small antigen levels, and it is therefore enough to use a small amount of faeces. To the contrary, if we use an excessive sample volume or if it has particles that are too thick, this may interfere in the migration process of the sample on the test membrane. If you have used an excessive sample volume, mix well, wait a minute for the thickest particles to sediment and take the sample from the supernatant.
The appropriate sample volume is described in the insert of the kit.
What happens if I forgot to do the reading at 5-10 minutes as recommended?
Between 5 and 10 minutes, you can read with total reliability.
20 minutes after doing the test, degradation and diffusion of the colours on the strip may occur. This does not happen with all tests, but the recommendation is that the test should always be repeated if the reading was not taken before the indicated time, since this may lead to an erroneous interpretation.