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 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 8 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



Baylisascaris procyonis

Bordetella bronchiseptica

Borrelia burgdorferi

Brucella canis


Canine adenovirus type 1

Canine adenovirus type 2

Canine circovirus

Canine enteric coronavirus (CCV1)

Canine distemper

Canine herpesvirus

Canine papillomavirus

Canine parainfluenza virus

Canine parvovirus

Canine pneumovirus

Canine respiratory coronavirus (CCV2)

Chagas disease

Chikungunya virus

Chlamydophila psittaci

Clostridium species




Cytauxzoon felis

Demodex gatoi mites

E. coli



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


Group G strep

Haemobartonella canis

Haemobartonella felis


Influenza type A

Lawsonia intracellularis



Lyme disease

Mange in cats


MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus)

Mycoplasma canis

Mycoplasma cynos

Mycoplasma felis

Mycoplasma haemocanis

Mycoplasma haemofelis

Neorickettsia helmintheca

Neospora caninum

Pasteurella multocida

Pneumocystis carinii



Reovirus screen

Rickettsia screen



Salmon poisoning disease

Sarcocystis neurona

Streptococcus, Group G

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus pyogenes

Streptococcus zooepidemicus

Toxoplasma gondii



Trypanosoma cruzi


West Nile virus

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Feline herpes PCR test

dog and cat assay data sheet

Feline herpesvirus type 1 (aka feline rhinotracheitis virus, FHV-1 or FeHV-1)

Test code:
S0105 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Feline herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1) by real time polymerase chain reaction

S0105 is included on P0020 - feline respiratory panel


Feline herpesvirus type 1 causes an acute respiratory illness of cats known as rhinotracheitis. The virus has a worldwide distribution and affects both domestic and wild cats.

Infected cats develop respiratory symptoms -- sneezing, nasal discharge, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the eyelid). The virus also affects the reproductive tract and can cause complications during pregnancy. Rhinotracheitis is part of the feline upper respiratory infection complex, which is a group of viral and bacterial infections (e.g., calicivirus, chlamydiosis) that cause sneezing and discharge from the eyes and nose. Cats often have two or more of these upper respiratory infections at the same time, and FHV-1 is one of the most common.

FHV-1 can be shed through the discharge from an infected cat's eyes, nose and mouth, and direct contact with these secretions is a common mode of transmission. Several days of close contact may be necessary for infection to occur. Another common mode of transmission is contact with contaminated objects that an infected cat has touched or sneezed on, such as cages, food and water bowls, litter trays and the pet owner's clothing and hands.

FHV-1 can also cause dermatitis, with lesions or crusted ulcerations appearing on the face, feet, or other areas.

The major problem with this infection is that many infected cats never completely get rid of the FHV-1 virus and become latent carriers. Although they may not show symptoms, their neurons harbor the virus; they can intermittently spread the infection and are a major source of new infections.

Diagnosis of FHV-1 infection is difficult by traditional means because clinical symptoms of FHV-1 are nearly indistinguishable from the other major feline respiratory pathogens, feline calicivirus and Chlamydia psittaci. Because of the time-consuming and expensive nature of most previous diagnostic methods, inaccurate empirical diagnoses were often made, and these have often resulted in inappropriate treatment of the disease. Traditional diagnostic techniques include isolation of FHV-1 from nasal exudates, conjunctival or oropharyngeal swabs following inoculation of cell cultures, and fluorescent antibody on smear preparations of affected tissues. The commonly used serological testing requires acute and convalescent phase samples taken 1 to 2 weeks apart. The disadvantages of serological testing include the difficulty in taking sufficient quantities of blood from affected kittens, the length of time required to reach a diagnosis and the low antibody titer in convalescent cats and latent carriers.

Molecular detection by PCR avoids many of the disadvantages of these other methods; PCR detection of FHV-1is rapid, highly sensitive and very specific.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Feline herpesvirus type 1 infection
  • Help ensure that animal groups are free of FHV1
  • Early prevention of spread of FHV1 between animals
  • Minimize human exposure to FHV1
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from susceptible animals

Specimen requirement: Nasopharyngeal, conjunctival or oral swab, or lesion swab or scab, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube.

Contact Zoologix if advice is needed to determine an appropriate specimen type for a specific diagnostic application. For specimen types not listed here, please contact Zoologix 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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