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


Rabies PCR test for dogs and cats

dog and cat assay data sheet

Rabies

Test code:
S0116 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of rabies virus by reverse transcription coupled real time polymerase chain reaction

 S0116 is included on P0036 - canine neurological panel

Rabies virus, a nonsegmented, negative-stranded RNA virus, is a member of the Rhabdoviridae family. This family includes at least three genera of animal viruses, Lyssavirus, Ephemerovirus, and Vesiculovirus. The genus Lyssavirus includes rabies virus, Lagos bat virus, Mokola virus, Duvenhage virus, European bat virus 1 & 2 and Australian bat virus.

Rabies virus can cause fatal acute encephalitis in all mammalian hosts, including humans, dogs, cats, ferrets, pigs, livestock and many other species. However, only a few species are important as reservoirs for the disease. In the United States, several distinct rabies virus variants have been identified in raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes and several species of insectivorous bats.

Transmission of rabies virus usually begins when an uninfected animal contacts the saliva of an infected host animal. Various routes of transmission have been documented, including contamination of mucous membranes (ie eyes, nose, and mouth) and even aerosol transmission. However, the most common mode of rabies virus transmission is a bite from an infected host animal.

Initial symptoms of rabies infection in animals include lethargy, fever, vomiting, and anorexia. Signs progress within days to cerebral dysfunction, ataxia, weakness, paralysis, seizures, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, aggression, and/or self-mutilation.

Serology testing has been used to diagnose rabies virus exposure in animals. Direct fluorescent antibody testing is most frequently used to diagnose rabies. This test requires brain tissue from the animal suspected of being rabid. The test can only be performed post-mortem and is not suitable for testing live animals that may have contacted the virus. However, since animals may have had prior exposure to the virus, serology testing may not be specific in confirming the current presence of the virus. An extensive and time-consuming serology titering study may be required to prove the animal’s recent exposure.

Molecular detection by PCR is a rapid, sensitive and specific method to identify the presence of the rabies virus in a sample. The PCR test can be performed on saliva, spinal fluid or a bite lesion swab or biopsy.

See the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) rabies website at http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/ for additional information on the diagnosis of rabies.

Utilities:

  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Identify rabies carriers
  • Help ensure that animal groups and populations are free of rabies virus
  • Early prevention of spread of the virus among animals
  • Minimize human exposure to the virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from animals

References:
http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/ (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rabies information website)

Specimen requirements: Buccal swab, or 0.2 ml CSF, or 0.2 ml fresh or frozen brain stem tissue.

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 reverse transcription coupled real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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