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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

Sarcocystis neurona PCR test for dogs and cats

dog and cat assay data sheet

Sarcocystis neurona

Test code:
X0004 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Sarcocystis neurona by real time polymerase chain reaction


Sarcocystis neurona is a parasitic protozoan which is the most important cause of a serious neurological disease of horses called equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). S. neurona also causes EPM-like disease in other mammals including dogs, cats, mink, raccoons, skunks, sea otters and Pacific harbor seals ( Dubey et al., 2001). While the life cycle of S. neurona is not fully understood, it is known that opossums (Didelphis virginiana, D. albiventris) are its definitive hosts.

Recent studies from Michigan and Florida reported S. neurona antibodies in 5% of domestic cats based on Western blot analysis (Gillis et al., 2003; Rossano et al., 2002). This suggests a more widespread problem in domestic cats than was previously thought.

Serological detection of this parasite is not very sensitive and not very specific. Many infected cats are carriers and shed the sporocysts in their feces. Molecular detection by PCR can offer a rapid, sensitive and specific method for determining the infection status of an animal.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of S. neurona infection.
  • Help ensure that animal populations are free of S. neurona
  • Early prevention of spread of this protozoan
  • Minimize human exposure to this protozoan
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from host animals

Dubey, J.P., Lindsay, D.S., Saville, W.J.A., Reed, S.M., Granstrom, D.E. and Speer, C.A. (2001) A review of Sarcocystis neurona and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Vet. Parasitol.. 95:89–131
Gillis, K.D., MacKay, R.J., Yowell, C.A., Levy, J.K., Greiner, E.C., Dame, J.B., Cheadle, M.A., Hernandez, J. and Massey, E.T. (2003) Naturally occurring Sarcocystis infection in domestic cats (Felis catus). Int. J. Parsitol. 33: 877–883.
Rossano, M.G., Murphy, A.J., Vrable, R.A., Vanzo, N.E., Lewis, S.K., Sheline, K.D., Kaneene, J.B. and Mansfield, L.S. (2002) Cross-sectional study of serum antibodies against Sarcocystis neurona in cats tested for antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii. J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc. 221: 511–514.

Specimen requirements: 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube, or 0.2 ml CSF, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed CNS tissue.

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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