PCR Testing

PCR testing is highly sensitive and specific for RNA and DNA found in viral, bacterial, and parasitic genomes.

Test Description: Bartonella PCR
B. henselae, B. clarridgeiae, B. elizabethae, B. vinsonii, B. taylorii, B. quintana, B. koehlerae
Test Code: 416
Specimens: 2 ml whole blood (EDTA)
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 5-10 days.

Test Description: Calicivirus PCR
Test Code: 340
Specimen: Swabs: Oral or Nasal OR Tissue: lung, liver, spleen or lesion
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Information:  If sending swabs, use synthetic swabs in 1ml saline or PBS
Availability: Results available in 4-7 days

Test Description:  Calicivirus, Herpesvirus, Chlamydophila PCR (Feline)
Test Code: 563
Specimen: Oral, Nasal AND Conjunctival swabs.
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Information: Use synthetic swabs with 1ml saline or PBS
Availability: Results available in 5-9 days

Test Description: Chlamydophila PCR
Test Code: 512
Specimens: Tissue: aborted fetal tissue. Swabs: Avian - cloacal, pharyngeal or choanal, Feline - conjunctival and/or nasal swab.
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 5-9 days.

Test Description: Distemper PCR
Test Code: 423
Specimen:  2mL serum (SST) or 2mL whole blood (EDTA), 1-5 grams tissue (lung, kidney, bladder or brain), OR nasal or conjunctival swabs
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Information: If sending swabs, use synthetic swabs with 1ml saline or PBS
Availability: Results available in 5-9 days

Test Description: Ehrlichia canis PCR
Test Code: 425
Specimens: 2 ml whole blood (EDTA) or Tick (dry or in saline)
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 7-10 days.

Test Description: Feline Coronavirus PCR (FIP)
Test Code: 427
Specimens: 1 ml whole blood (EDTA)
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 5-9 days.

Test Description: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) PCR
Test Code: 426
Specimens: 2 ml whole blood (EDTA)
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 7-10 days.

Test Description: Giardia PCR
Test Code: 428
Specimens: 3g feces (sterile fecal container)
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 7-10 days.

Test Description: Herpesvirus PCR, canine
Test Code: 424
Specimen: 1-5 grams tissue (lung, liver, adrenal gland, kidney, brain) in puppies, Or 1mL body fluid (nasal, vaginal, or oropharyngeal secretions) in older dogs
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Information: Aseptically collect body fluid. If sending multiple tissue types, please clearly label the tissue
Availability: Results available in 7-10 days

Test Description: Herpesvirus PCR, feline 
Test Code: 424
Specimen: 1-5 grams tissue (trachea) OR Nasal AND Conjunctival swabs
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Information: If sending swabs, use synthetic swabs in 1ml saline or PBS
Availability: Results available in 7-10 days

Test Description: Leptospirosis Urine PCR
Test Code: 371
Specimens: 10-20ml urine oOR 1g kidney, liver or placenta
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 3-5 days.

Test Description: Mycoplasma/Haemoplasma PCR (hemobartonella), canine
M. haemocanis and M. haematoparvum

Test Code: 803
Specimens: 2 ml whole blood (EDTA)
Minimum: 1 ml whole blood (EDTA)
Storage: Refrigerate whole blood.
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 3-7 days.

Test Description: Mycoplasma/Haemoplasma PCR (hemobartonella), feline
M. haemofelis, M. haemominutum, and M. turicensis
Test Code: 803
Specimen:
1mL whole blood (EDTA)
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 3-7 days

Test Description: Rickettsia ricketsii PCR (Rocky Mountain spotted fever)
Test Code: 429
Specimens: 2 ml whole blood (EDTA)
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 4-10 days.

Test Description: Toxoplasma gondii PCR
Test Code: 432
Specimens:1mL whole blood (EDTA), TTW or BAL (WTT/Plain RTT)
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 7-10 days.

Test Description: Tritrichomonas PCR
Test Code: 832
Specimen: 1 tablespoon of feces
Storage: Refrigerate
Method: PCR
Availability: Results available in 3-6 days