NEW - Neuro symptoms getting on your nerves? Try our canine neurological panel - 6 neurological pathogens from 1 CSF sample; or our feline neurological panel - 5 neurological pathogens from 1 CSF sample.

Oh baby! Try our canine breeding PCR panel - 3 canine sexually transmitted diseases tested from swabs or semen samples.

Respiratory symptoms got you breathless? Try our canine respiratory PCR panel - we test for 6 canine respiratory pathogens from throat, nasal and eye swabs.

...or maybe you need our feline respiratory PCR panel -- 6 feline respiratory pathogens from throat, nasal and eye swabs.

Diarrhea got you on the run? Try our canine diarrhea PCR panel -- 8 major diarrheagenic agents from 1 fecal specimen...
...OR our 9-pathogen feline diarrhea PCR panel.

Not feeling sanguine about bloodborne pathogens in cats? Try our feline bloodborne PCR panel -- 4 major bloodborne pathogens from 1 blood sample.

Ticks bugging you? Try our tickborne disease PCR panel -- 7 major tickborne pathogens from 1 blood sample.

Just plain sick and tired? Try our canine anemia PCR panel or our feline anemia PCR panel -- detect and differentiate multiple anemia pathogens from 1 blood sample.

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Zoologix performs canine and feline PCR tests for...

Anaplasma phagocytophilum

Anaplasma platys

Aspergillus species

Aspergillus fumigatus

Babesia

Bartonella

Baylisascaris procyonis

Bordetella bronchiseptica

Borrelia burgdorferi

Brucella

Campylobacter

Canine adenovirus type 1

Canine adenovirus type 2

Canine enteric coronavirus (CCV1)

Canine distemper

Canine herpesvirus

Canine papillomavirus

Canine parainfluenza virus

Canine parvovirus

Canine respiratory coronavirus (CCV2)

Chagas disease

Chikungunya virus

Chlamydophila psittaci

Clostridium species

Coccidia

Cryptococcus

Cryptosporidium

Cytauxzoon felis

E. coli

Ehrlichia

Fading kitten syndrome

Feline calicivirus

Feline distemper

Feline enteric coronavirus

Feline foamy virus

Feline herpesvirus type 1

Feline immunodeficiency virus

Feline infectious anemia

Feline infectious peritonitis

Feline leukemia

Feline panleukopenia

Feline papillomavirus

Feline pneunomitis

Feline rhinotracheitis virus

Feline sarcoma virus

Feline syncytial virus

Francisella tularensis

Giardia

Group G strep

Haemobartonella canis

Haemobartonella felis

Helicobacter

Influenza

Lawsonia intracellularis

Leishmania

Leptospira

Lyme disease

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus)

Mycoplasma canis

Mycoplasma felis

Mycoplasma haemocanis

Mycoplasma haemofelis

Neospora caninum

Pasteurella multocida

Pneumocystis carinii

Rabies

Reovirus screen

Rickettsia screen

Salmonella

Sarcocystis neurona

Streptococcus, Group G

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus pyogenes

Streptococcus zooepidemicus

Toxoplasma gondii

Trichomonas/
Tritrichomonas

Trypanosoma cruzi

Tularemia

West Nile virus

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis


Ehrlichia PCR tests for dogs and cats

dog and cat assay data sheet

Ehrlichia

Test codes:

B0052 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Ehrlichia canis by real time polymerase chain reaction.  This assay does not detect other Ehrlichia species.

B0057 - Ultrasensitive screen for Ehrlichia species by real time polymerase chain reaction. This assay detects but does not differentiate most common Ehrlichia bacteria.

B0057 is included on P0025 - tickborne disease panel and on P0039 canine anemia panel

 

Canine ehrlichiosis is a disease of dogs, wolves and other canids. Occurring worldwide, canine ehrlichiosis is also known by other names such as 'tracker dog disease,' 'tropical canine pancytopenia,' 'canine hemorrhagic fever' and 'canine typhus.' The disease is caused by ehrlichieae, tick-transmitted organisms that infect the leukocytes of specific mammalian hosts. There are several ehrlichieae that can infect dogs but Ehrlichia canis is the most common and severe one.

Disease caused by E. canis typically occurs in three phases. The initial acute phase is characterized by fever, malaise, lymphadenomegaly, splenomegaly, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, and nonregenerative anemia. Symptoms subside in 2 to 4 weeks but are followed by a subclinical phase that persists for 2–3 months to years, during which infected dogs are carriers. Some dogs subsequently enter a chronic phase, a period when severe clinical ehrlichiosis occurs. E. canis causes ocular disease and meningitis during this phase.

Ehrlichia is transmitted by the Brown Dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus. The immature form of the tick feeds on an animal infected with Ehrlichia. When the tick later feeds on another animal, the Ehrlichia is passed on. The disease can occur wherever Brown Dog ticks are found. Almost every state in the United States has reported ehrlichiosis.

Dogs exposed to E. canis infection will develop an antibody response detectable by ELISA, but this immune response does not prevent re-infection. ELISA does not distinguish dogs with prior exposure from those with current infections, and it cannot determine reinfection or current carrier status. Blood smear examination can detect E. canis, but the sensitivity of this technique is very low. Molecular detection by PCR, which is very specific and sensitive, is useful to quickly identify this pathogen and confirm animals’ infection or carrier status.

Utilities:

  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Ehrlichia canis infection
  • Help ensure that dog populations are free of E. canis
  • Early prevention of the spread of E. canis among a group of dogs
  • Minimize human exposure to E. canis
  • Safety monitoring of biological products and vaccines that derive from susceptible animals

Specimen requirement: 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or 0.2 ml synovial fluid, or tick.

For specimen types other than those listed here, please call to confirm specimen acceptability and shipping instructions.

For all specimen types, if there will be a delay in shipping, or during very warm weather, refrigerate specimens until shipped and ship with a cold pack unless more stringent shipping requirements are specified. Frozen specimens should be shipped so as to remain frozen in transit. See shipping instructions for more information.

Turnaround time: 2 business days

Methodology: Qualitative real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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