Veterinary Pre-Purchase Drug Analysis
There are a number of drugs and medications on the market that can be used to mask pre-existing conditions and ailments. Pre-purchase drug screening complements the medical examination given to the horse prior to the sale. Maxxam’s pre-purchase drug analysis suite targets both veterinary medications and prohibited drugs that could be present in the animal’s body.
Maxxam offers blood screening for non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, tranquilizers and amphetamines to potential purchasers to help ensure that animals are healthy and drug free.
If you are ready to proceed, please download the requisition form by clicking here.
The minimum sample volumes for pre-purchase drug analysis are:
- Whole blood: 10 mL
- Serum or Plasma: 5 mL
NOTE: Maxxam requires credit card payment or pre-authorized credit approval prior to sample submission. Please contact us at FEDT@maxxam.ca or call 604-638-3251 to receive a credit application form.
Screening is conducted using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) and includes, but is not limited to, the following classes of drugs:
NSAIDs: Carprofen, Diclofenac, Fenoprofen, Flufenamic acid, Flunixin, Flurbiprofen, Ibuprofen, Indomethacin, Ketoprofen, Meclofenamic acid, Mefenamic acid, Naproxen, Phenylbutazone, Tolfenamic acid, Vedaprofen.
Amphetamines: Amphetamine, Desmethylselegiline, Ephedrine, Methamphetamine, Mephentermine, Phenylpropanolamine, Phentermine, Selegiline.
Corticosteroids: Betamethasone, Dexamethasone, Flumethasone, Isoflupredone.
Barbiturates: Amobarbital, Apobarbital, Barbital, Butabarbital, Butalbital, Phenobarbital, Pentobarbital, Secobarbital.
Benzodiazepines: Alprazolam, Chlorazepate, Clobazam, Demoxepam, Diazepam, Flunitrazepam, Lormetazepam, Midazolam, Nordiazepam, Oxazepam, Temazepam, Triazolam.
Tricyclics: Amitriptyline, Chlorpromazine, Clomipramine, Fluphenazine, Imipramine, Perphenazine, Promazine, Propionylpromazine, Protriptyline, Trifluoperazine.
Alternative analytical technologies may be used for the sample analysis such as Enzyme Linked ImmumoSorbent Assays (ELISA) or Gas Chromatography (GC/MS).