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Phenobarbital, a long-acting barbiturate drug, is commonly used as an anticonvulsant in veterinary medicine to prevent seizures in dogs and cats. To be effective, phenobarbital must be present within a therapeutic range in the blood. Monitoring the level of phenobarbital is essential to achieve maximal seizure control, while avoiding harmful side effects. Overdosing and chronic usage can lead to liver damage, so it is crucial to both monitor liver values and to closely monitor phenobarbital levels to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
The VetScan Phenobarbital Pro le® used with the VetScan VS2® Chemistry Analyzer utilizes dry, lyophilized reagents and provides quantitative determination of a full panel of chemistries relevant to phenobarbital monitoring: alanine aminotransferase (ALT), albumin (ALB), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), phenobarbital (PHB), and total bilirubin (TBIL). The pro le can be used with heparinized whole blood, heparinized plasma, or serum.
Abaxis has adapted a homogeneous method for phenobarbital (PHB) for use in the VetScan VS2. This assay produces reliable and accurate results for monitoring patients being treated with phenobarbital.
Abaxis cPl evaluation of potential pancreatitis
Abaxis Global Diagnostics has developed a semi-quantitative point of care canine pancreatic lipase Rapid Test that returns a numeric value, thereby offering immediate, in-clinic diagnostics. Initial clinical evaluations of the VetScan cPL correlates well with the gold standard clinical diagnostic test. This cost-effective point of care test avoids the burden of both time and financial cost associated with send-out testing, providing efficient and economical diagnosis, monitoring of efficacy of therapy, and monitoring of chronic pancreatitis patients.
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