A unique and innovative new test set to transform pet allergy treatment in the UK has been unveiled by Avacta Animal Health in partnership with Galileo Diagnostics (France).
CYNO-DIAL® (dog test) and FELI-DIAL® (cat test) will dramatically reduce the time needed to help vets prescribe the most appropriate diets for an elimination trial, says Avacta, the team responsible for bringing the test to the UK.
The next step after Avacta’s SENSITEST® food allergy test, Cyno/Feli-Dial detects the presence of specific IgE for each of the allergenic proteins contained in the various veterinary prescribed diets tested, alongside the animals’ existing diet.
Requiring only a simple blood sample, the test allows veterinary teams to take a more precise approach, saving valuable time for the pet, the owner and the veterinary team involved.
The comparative analysis uses a Western blot technique that has been proven to be highly reliable and specific, based on 10 years of expertise in immunoallergology. Sample proteins are extracted, separated on a gel according to their molecular weight and then transferred to a membrane (blot), which is then incubated in the presence of serum. When raised levels of antibodies against these proteins are present, they bind to the corresponding protein and a specific band appears on the membrane.
Avacta Animal Health’s commercial manager, Hayley Booth, explained:
“Within just 15 days vets will receive precise recommendations on which diets will be tolerated by the pet and those results will clearly state which of the foods are ‘highly’, ‘low’ or ‘not sensitised’, therefore determining the most appropriate veterinary prescribed diet to favour during the elimination diet.”
She added: “Being able to offer this innovative and unique test that helps the vet advise which is the most suitable veterinary diet, will be hugely helpful for an elimination dietary trial, thus saving valuable time for both the pet and owner.”
The test assesses the following veterinary prescribed diets:
CYNO-DIAL® (Dog test)
Royal Canin Anallergenic
Hills Prescription Diet z/d
James Wellbeloved Turkey & Rice
Virbac Dermal Dog (duck and cassava)
Eukanuba Dermatosis FP (fish and potato)
Royal Canin Hypoallergenic
Hills z/d Low-Allergen
James Wellbeloved Turkey & Rice
Eukanuba Dermatosis LB (lamb and barley)
Hills Science Plan Sensitive Skin
FELI-DIAL® (Cat test)
“Not only does Cyno-Dial and Feli-Dial significantly reduce the length of food trials and dietary history methods, they provide vets with a better chance of reducing the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis and an adverse food reaction, preventing the risk of aggravating further occurrences,” explained Hayley.
She added: “The SENSITEST® food allergy test and Cyno/Feli-Dial, provide the perfect partnership in identifying and managing food allergy, both for the identification of specific problem foods, the selection of veterinary prescribed diets for a dietary trial and long-term management.”
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Galileo Diagnostics. We get a lot of queries following the SENSITEST® Food Test results, asking what the next steps should be.”
“There hasn’t been anything like this available to vets in this country, so we are really excited that Cyno-Dial and Feli-Dial are exclusive to Avacta in the UK.”
Vets will receive a submission form following a SENSITEST® food allergy test or they can contact Avacta’s Customer Services team to request one.
On the submission form, vets are able to select up to four foods for assessment alongside the animals’ current diet.
Vets will also need to include a 10-15g sample of the animal’s current food, along with the form and animals’ serum in a SENSITEST® submission box. This will be sent to Avacta Animal Health using a freepost envelope provided.
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