The SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test tells you what you need to know, on the spot. Results are available in 15 minutes at the most – but generally less. No expensive equipment and no hauling. No tricky, time-consuming or invasive procedures. No waiting hours or even days for results. By testing with the FBT, you can monitor the digestive health of your patients, catch problems you might otherwise miss, and make more informed decisions regarding further diagnostics and treatments.
Simple Step-by-Step Instructions for Use
- Collect a fresh (less than 30 minutes old) fecal sample from the subject horse, loosely dropping fecal matter into the provided plastic container up to the Sample Fill Line.
- Add clean tap water (potable, room temperature), filling to the Water Fill Line on the container.
- Replace lid on container and shake thoroughly to ensure complete mixing.
- Use the provided pipette to collect some of the fecal/water mixture from the container, avoiding particles.
- Apply two drops of solution to each of the two sample wells on the test cassette.
- Test results should appear within 15 minutes.
How to Know the FBT is Working
The dual cassette includes two red, horizontal line indicators each for Test A and Test H. The first is a control line that shows the test is working; this should appear every time you run the test. The second is the test line, which only only appears if the test is positive. The FBT is sensitive to heat and must be refrigerated when not in use. Be sure to read and follow the storage and handling instructions to ensure the FBT will work properly.
Reading the FBT Results
While the test itself is easy to use, understanding what to do with the results in light of a full diagnostic work-up requires the skills and knowledge of a trained and certified veterinarian.
- If a solid line appears only at the CTL point (Control line) on either Test A or Test H, this is a negative result.
- If a complete, solid line appears at the TST point (Test line) on either or both Test A and Test H, that is a positive test result.
The potential combinations of positives and/or negative results for the blood components albumin (Test A) and hemoglobin (Test H) can indicate issues in the foregut, hindgut, or both, and may provide some indication of the severity of the source of bleeding. This information may be used to provide objective insight into the full evaluation provided by veterinarians.
When to Test With the FBT™
Consider testing horses with the SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test:
When NOT to Test With the FBT™
The SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test uses equine-specific antibodies to detect components of blood in a fresh fecal sample. Always keep in mind that blood may be introduced into the horse’s digestive tract from external sources, and test accordingly.