Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I order RapidBac™Vet?
You can order online at www.rapidbacvet.com or call toll-free 888 438 1942
2. What is the shelf life of RapidBac™Vet?
3. Does RapidBac™Vet need to be refrigerated?
No. The tests can be stored at room temperature.
4. Interpreting Results for RapidBac™Vet
If the control line was bright, but the test line(s) were faint - this is a valid test showing a POSITIVE result. A faint line in a positive results may be caused by a low concentration of bacteria (10E3 - 10E4 CFU/ml) or a species of bacteria that expresses low levels of the targeted antigen on its surface. In these cases, bacteriuria is definitely present even though the line is faint.
If both the control line and the test line(s) were very faint, then the test was not valid - please call Customer Service at 888 438 1942 and we can troubleshoot the procedure.
5. What is the science behind RapidBac Vet?
RapidBac™ Vet is a lateral immunoassay that uses monoclonal antibodies that specifically bind to a bacterial cell surface antigen.
6. Do you have a VCA ANTECH vendor number?
Yes. RapidBac™Vet's VCA vendor number is 86968
7. Does RapidBac™Vet have a subscription service?
We sure do! If you frequently reorder with us we have a subscription service we can custom tailor to your schedule. Give us a call at 888 438 1942 and we will get you set up.
8. When and why should I use RapidBac™Vet?
- Whenever there is the suspicion of an infection. RapidBac™Vet costs $15.00 per test and results correlate with urine culture. Submitting only test-positive urine samples for costly culture and sensitivity in cases of recurrent or complicated bacterial infections reduces unnecessary costs.
- Test strip indicators help you choose the appropriate first-line antibiotic by idicating whether the infection is gram positive or gram negative.
- Testing after antibiotic treatment provides assurance that the treatment has resolved the infection.
- Diabetic pets are expensive and a big commitment – best practice is they need twice yearly bacteria tests.
- Older dogs and cats – best practice is twice yearly bacteria test once they reach 7 years or older – offer this to your clients.
- Cushings Disease - Because having Cushings disease is just like being on steroids - and any pet on steroids should to get bi-annual urine cultures since they are predisposed to urinary infection.
- Cats with chronic Renal Disease - RapidBac™Vet should be a routine part of the initial workup and staging for cats diagnosed with chronic renal disease (CRD). Make this a compliment to the International Renal Interest Society's (IRIS) staging, in order to facilitate appropriate treatment and monitoring of the patient.
- Dogs with bladder stones or bladder tumors - because bladder stones/tumors predispose them to infections.
- Cats with idiopathic lower urinary lower urinary tract disorders. Screening for bacteriauria using RapidBac™Vet should be incorporated in the diagnostic workup of ALL cats presenting with lower urinary tract signs.