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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

Neorickettsia helminthoeca PCR test for dogs

dog and cat assay data sheet

Neorickettsia helmintheca

Test code:
B0107 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Neorickettsia helminthoeca by real time polymerase chain reaction

Salmon poisoning disease (SPD) can be a fatal disease when dogs eat raw salmonid fishes that are infected with the Neorickettsia helminthoeca bacteria. N. helminthoeca is an obligate intracellular parasitic bacterium that lives in the fluke Nanophyetus salmincola which infects snails. This disease occurs almost exclusively in the northwestern United States and along the Pacific coast of Canada, because the flukes that carry these bacteria mature inside small snails that only live along the northern Pacific Rim. Dogs get salmon poisoning disease from eating raw fish – usually salmon, trout or steelhead – contaminated with the larvae of flukes that contain the infective bacteria. The fluke larvae invade the dog’s digestive tract, attach with suckers, feed on the dog’s blood and inject bacteria into its intestinal lining.

Because of the mechanism of infection, this disease typically begins in the tissues of the small intestine, where it causes hemorrhaging. It gradually becomes systemic, invading the entire body. Infected dogs can develop fever, diarrhea, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) and discharge from the nose and eyes.

N. helminthoeca is closely related to organisms belong to the genus Ehrlichia, especially the two species, Ehrlichia risticii (the agent of Potomac horse fever) and Ehrlichia sennetsu (the agent of human Sennetsu fever).

Diagnosis of this infection is difficult because the bacteria do not grow well in laboratory culture. However, molecular detection by polymerase chain reaction is rapid, sensitive and specific.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of infection
  • Help ensure that canine groups and populations are free of these bacteria
  • Minimize human exposure to this parasite

Sykes, J.E., Marks, S.L., Mapes, S., Schultz, R.M., Pollard, R.E., Tokarz, D., Pesavento, P.P., Lindsay, L.L. and Foley, J.D. (2010) Salmon Poisoning Disease in Dogs: 29 Cases. J. Vet. Int. Med. 24: 503-513.

Specimen requirement: 0.2 ml feces or rectal swab; or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube; or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed tissue from dog, snail or fish; or environmental swab.

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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