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Prospective determination of the specificity of a commercial snake venom detection kit in urine samples from dogs and cats

Ong, R.K.C., Swindells, K. and Mansfield, C.S. (2010) Prospective determination of the specificity of a commercial snake venom detection kit in urine samples from dogs and cats. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88 (6). pp. 222-224.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.2010.00584.x
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Abstract

Objective: To determine the specificity of a snake venom detection kit in urine samples from dogs and cats presenting to a referral centre for diseases unrelated to snake envenomation. Design: Urine was collected from 50 dog and 25 cats presented for investigation and treatment of diseases unrelated to snake envenomation. Urine was collected as a voided sample, by cystocentesis or by catheterisation, and routine urinanalysis was performed. Snake venom testing was performed within 2 h of collection using a commercially available snake venom detection kit, which was observed continuously during the 10-min colour reaction phase for evidence of a visible colour indicating a positive test. Results: No false-positive reactions occurred in any sample analysed. Conclusion: The snake venom detection kit appears to have 100% specificity for using urine as a test sample.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: © 2010 The Authors.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3584
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