The rapid test for detection specific antibodies against Ehrlichia canis of dogs.
For easy and fast on-site detection of specific antibodies against Ehrlichia canis in whole blood, serum or plasma of dogs.
The monzytäre caine ehrlichiosis (CME) is a vector-borne (ticks) diseases. The pathogen Ehrlichia canis (E. canis) is a Rikettsiaceae (gram-negative obligate intracellular bacteria) and is transmitted by the brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus (R. sanguineus). The disease occurs in dogs, especially in southern Europe. After an incubation period of 8 to 20 days, the course of the disease is divided into three phases: the first, acute phase the clinical symptoms are not pathognomonic and rather mild with nonspecific symptoms such as disturbed general health, fatigue, fever, swollen lymph nodes, anorexia, and dyspnea. The pathogen infects lymphocytes and monocytes. The second, subclinical phase may last several months up to years and is characterized by pathogen persistence, with an increased antibody production. These dogs appear clinically healthy. The third phase of is a chronic CME characterized by complex symptoms resulting from different organ manifestations of the pathogen and persistent antibody production. Thus, the consequences can be immune complex-mediated glomerulopathies, pathognomonic occult defects, arthropathies, splenomegaly, or other neurological symptoms. Nonspecific symptoms such as fever, anorexia, apathy also continue to dominate further. A serological test for antibodies against Ehrlichia canis should always be interpreted in conjunction with the present clinical symptoms. The detection of antibodies is possible after the seventh day of an infection, and indicates a past contact with the pathogen. However, the seroconversion can sometimes take up to four weeks.
But even dogs with a stopped infection at an early stage may still have low antibody titers for several months and are serologically negative. Here is a regular examination is advised.
With the Fassisi EhrCanis veterinarians have a useful tool for the accurate and rapid detection of an infection with Ehrlichia canis at an early stage for a proper treatment and prevention.