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Do you love your pet? Then you will love our Raptor™ Biphenyl LC column.

23 Feb 2016

Have you ever faced this? Your pet has a stomach problem and nothing helps except to visit the veterinarian? Most likely, your beloved dog or cat is infected with parasitic protozoans, causing a disease called coccidiosis. Help is in sight; the veterinarian will use a pharmaceutical out of the group of coccidiostats and there is a great chance that your pet will become healthy again.

Unfortunately, this disease does not only affect pets like dogs or cats, but also poultry. Therefore, coccidiostats are widely used in poultry farming, which impacts human health and the environment. In the long term, it can lead to increasing drug resistance.

Due to these facts, it is not surprising that the usage of these substances is regulated by European law (European Directive 37/2010 and 1831/2003).

The measurement of these coccidiostats is tricky, because there are two classes: small synthetic chemical molecules ( e.g. decoquinat, diclurazil) and ionophoric glycosides (e.g. maduramicin, salinomycin).

The applications laboratory of Shimadzu in Switzerland, in collaboration with Restek’s application lab, developed an LC-MS/MS method for the quantification of authorized coccidiostats in meat, using our Raptor™ Biphenyl LC column and a Shimadzu Nexera-i UHPLC system, coupled to a LCMS 8060 triple quadrupole mass spectrometer.

The method was published by Jana Rykl from Shimadzu Switzerland GmbH, Reinach Switzerland and Ty Kahler, Restek Corporation, Bellefonte USA in a Shimadzu application poster.

And this is the reason why our Raptor Biphenyl column is helping to maintain the health of your pet and yourself. Without reliable methods of measurement, your veterinarian may in the future face resistant protozoans, a risk we can all do without.