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


Giardia PCR test for dogs and cats

dog and cat assay data sheet

Giardia

Test code:
X0017 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Giardia by real time PCR

X0017 is included on P0022 - canine diarrhea panel, on P0028 - feline diarrhea panel and on P0041 - waterborne pathogens screening panel

Giardia is a parasitic protozoan commonly found in the intestines of many animals, including cats, dogs, birds, horses, primates and other wildlife. This microscopic parasite clings to the surface of the intestine or floats free in the mucous lining the intestine. A few percent of dogs and cats will carry Giardia organisms but appear healthy with no signs of disease. These carriers have a high potential for spreading the parasite. Infected cats and dogs can develop diarrhea, bloody or mucous stool, often accompanied by gas production. Infected pups and kittens are especially likely to show these symptoms, and their health can be significantly affected. Previously low grade Giardia infestations can flare up into significant disease in animals of any age that are malnourished, stressed or undergoing strenuous physical activity.

Giardia infection in pets may result in infection of humans with whom they are in contact. Clinical signs in humans are similar to those reported for dogs and cats. Immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS or cancer patients are especially susceptible to infection. It is thus important to routinely screen these patients’ pets for Giardia.

Traditionally, fecal samples were examined for Giardia cysts under the microscope. This method is simple but its sensitivity is very low, leading to many false negative results. Even special staining and stringent specimen handling requirements do not result in adequate detection rates. However, specimen handling requirements for PCR detection of Giardia are less stringent than for other testing methods. More importantly, molecular detection by PCR is a faster, more sensitive and more specific means of detecting this parasite.

Utilities:

  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Giardia infection
  • Help ensure that animal groups are free of Giardia
  • Early prevention of spread of Giardia between animals
  • Minimize human exposure to Giardia

Specimen requirement: 0.2 ml feces, or rectal swab.

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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