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Animalcare Launches Oral Thiol Test To Diagnose Periodontal Disease

10 months ago

22nd November, 2022 15h45


OraStripdx™, a periodontal diagnostic strip that estimates the levels of thiols dissolved in oral fluid, thereby indicating the level of periodontal disease in an awake patient, has been launched by Animalcare. The visual result shown on the strip can support vets and veterinary nurses in explaining to owners the often-invisible early signs of periodontal disease, without the need to examine the animal under anaesthetic. It also gives them a platform from which to start a conversation about dental health and care.

Each OraStripdx™ comprises a dry porous pad, pre-treated with a mixture containing a thiol detection reagent, attached to a plastic backing. The easy-to-use strip is gently swiped along the maxillary gingival margins. The pad changes colour from off-white to various intensities of yellow, representing the concentration of thiols present. The result gives the veterinary team a snapshot of the pet’s dental health, indicating the probability of significant periodontal disease and alveolar bone loss.

The WSAVA Global Dental Guidelines note that the use of a test strip for measuring levels of dissolved thiols can be very useful during an oral examination and that the test strips have been shown to improve client compliance with dental recommendations. 

OraStripdx™ is the latest addition to Animalcare’s growing dental range, which includes the Plaqtiv+® oral homecare range. 

Dr Colin Capner, Senior Technical Vet at Animalcare, explained: “OraStripdx™ helps to prompt, and raise the profile of veterinary oral health conversations in practice, employing an easy to use, evidence based diagnostic test for periodontal disease that does not require a general anaesthetic. In demonstrating the presence of periodontal disease in dogs and cats to clients through a test strip colourimetric change, it bridges the gap between oral examination and the requirement for clinical veterinary intervention. Early detection of otherwise invisible periodontal disease will help to maintain good pet oral health and welfare, and facilitate awareness of the potential need for planned clinical treatments.”  

On 30 November 2022, Animalcare is hosting a free webinar which demonstrates how OraStripdx™ can help drive positive oral health conversations. Sign up to the webinar at

The company has also created a range of dental care educational resources for veterinary healthcare team members and pet owners which are available for free download at

About Animalcare

Animalcare is a sustainable and passionate organisation committed to leading in animal health through innovative and trusted products and services to support the veterinary profession. It has recently launched its first novel product - Daxocox®. It is the first weekly oral NSAID and achieves not only significant improvement in the clinical signs associated with the pain of osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs, but may also help to reduce the risk of OA breakthrough pain. 

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22 November 2022

For further information:

Rebecca George, George PR

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01449 737281/07974 161108

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