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Zoetis Relaunches Canine Brucellosis Test

Posted: Dec. 18, 2013, 4:05 p.m. EST

D-Tec CB, a rapid slide agglutination test designed to detect canine brucellosis, is back on the market following an upgrade.

Sales were discontinued after Pfizer Animal Health purchased the test and its producer, Synbiotics Corp., in 2010. Pfizer, which later became Zoetis Inc., entered the animal diagnostics sector with its takeover of Synbiotics.

 D-Tec CB
D-Tec CB canine brucellosis test
A product review led to an improved test that veterinarians may use to confirm canine brucellosis negative status in about two minutes, Zoetis reported Dec. 13. The old test required shipping samples to a laboratory and waiting two or three days for the results.

Constantina Poga, senior director of U.S. diagnostics for Zoetis, called D-Tec CB a "convenient, critical test” that is "crucial for responsible canine reproduction.”

Brucella canis may lead to infertility and miscarriages in dogs. Veterinary theriogenologists and the American Kennel Club recommend testing both male and female dogs before each breeding, Zoetis noted.  

D-Tec CB confirms the absence of antibodies to the B. canis bacterium. A positive test result may be confirmed using 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME), which is packaged with the test.

The test has a shelf life of 36 months, according to Zoetis, which is based in Florham Park, N.J.

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