Serum Amyloid A (SAA) – Stall-side Blood Test

The Infinity Equine ambulatory vehicle carries a hand-held blood test kit which provides rapid stall side screening for Serum Amyloid A (SAA), a major acute phase protein produced by the liver that rapidly and dramatically increases in response to inflammation caused by infection.

By measuring SAA, infections can be identified and assessed in severity sooner, possibly before clinical signs present! SAA is particularly useful for assessing whether horses are fit for travel, whether clinical signs are due to infection or not (for example, the coughing horse!) and for tracking a patient’s response to antibiotics over the course of treatment.