Woodley Equipment Company has announced the launch of Immuno-Chek G, an easy-to-use lateral flow test for semi-quantitative detection of immunoglobulin G (IgG) in a drop of equine or camelid whole blood.
Foals, calves and cria are born with no immunoglobulins and must receive adequate antibodies from the mother’s colostrum (passive transfer of IgG). However, up to 20% of newborn foals and 40% of newborn calves and cria experience a partial or total failure of passive transfer.
Failure can be caused by premature lactation, deficient suckling, malabsorption or low IgG levels in the mother’s colostrum.
Affected animals are at high risk of infection and serious illness or death, so it is vitally important that vets undertake routine measurement of the IgG levels of all foals, calves and cria at around 12 hours old to determine there isn’t failure of transfer of passive immunity (FTPI).
According to the company, Immuno-Chek G provides accurate results in just 15 minutes so the animal can be managed effectively and supplemented when necessary.