Top dogs can catch things too!  Our NEW dog show panel checks for 8 pathogens potentially transmissible at dog shows.

 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 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



Lawsonia intracellularis



Lyme disease

Mange in cats


MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus)

Mycoplasma canis

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

COVID-19 PCR test

dog and cat assay data sheet


COVID-19 (aka "novel coronavirus", 2019-nCoV, SARS-CoV-2)

Test code:
S0235 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of COVID19 by one-step reverse transcription real time PCR.

CDC guidance on SARS-CoV-2 testing in animals:

  • The decision to test an animal (including companion animals, livestock, and wild or zoo animals) should be based upon a One Health approach. Consultation between veterinarians and appropriate local, state, and/or federal public health and animal health officials is recommended.

  • USDA-NVSL can perform confirmatory testing on any samples initially tested positive at Zoologix, and reports any confirmed positive cases to the appropriate agencies to track the disease.

  • Other more common causes of illness in animals should be considered before considering SARS-CoV-2 testing.

Zoologix performs COVID-19 PCR testing of environmental samples, and of animal samples submitted by a veteriarian following the guidelines above. We believe that the current shortage of human COVID-19 testing capacity can be mitigated by diverting non-human samples requiring COVID-19 testing away from human diagnostic labs whose full COVID-19 testing capacity is needed for processing human clinical samples.

For this testing we are using the same PCR primer set, which targets the same viral genetic sequence, as the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-specified test being used for human COVID-19 PCR testing. However please note that as a veterinary lab, we DO NOT PERFORM TESTING ON HUMAN CLINICAL SAMPLES. Human samples will not be accepted. Zoologix performs this testing on animal samples submitted by veterinarians, and on environmental samples submitted by professional environmental firms.

The CDC is encouraging and enabling a broad-based, decentralized approach to COVID-19 testing. By performing this testing on non-human-origin samples as allowed and needed, Zoologix hopes to be able to support and contribute to this approach and do our part in helping to control the current outbreak.

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or SARS-CoV-2) outbreak, which initially began in China, has spread rapidly around the globe. This novel coronavirus, first known as 2019-nCoV, was officially named by the World Health Organization as COVID-19.

Various coronaviruses are found in animals and humans. Infection by these viruses usually results in respiratory and enteric symptoms. Historically, most coronaviral infections caused relatively mild human clinical symptoms, until the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) outbreak in 2002 and 2003 in China, which captured the attention of the medical community regarding the severity of animal to human transmission of coronaviruses. A decade later, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), another pathogenic coronavirus with a clinical presentation reminiscent of SARS, was isolated in human patients presenting with pneumonia. The MERS-CoV virus was again confirmed to be transmitted from animals (in that case camels) to human.

Similar to the origin of the HIV virus, scientists believe that when coronaviruses, which often have minimal effects on host animals, jump to humans, the human immune system may not be able to adapt and hence, humans may develop severe reactions to these viral infections. While the origin of the COVID-19 virus is not certain, some scientists are inclined to believe that this virus derived from one of the exotic animals being sold for human consumption in a Chinese “wet market.”

Though much remains to learn about the transmission characteristics of this virus, it appears that it can survive on environmental surfaces for some time.  Therefore to help protect people from exposure, it may be useful to test swabs of these surfaces for the virus.

It was reported on 06 April 2020 that a tiger exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the virus (New York Times).

A new pre-print paper reports that SARS-CoV-2 replicates poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens and ducks, but efficiently in ferrets and cats. The virus transmits in cats via respiratory droplets (Shi 2020).

Molecular detection by PCR is currently the best approach to quickly identify environmental presence of the virus. Testing of surface swipes or swabs for the virus may help control environmental transmission of the virus between people.

The primer sequence used in this test is identical to primer sequence published by CDC.


  • Detect the presence of COVID-19 virus on environmental surfaces or animals
  • Minimize human and animal exposure to the virus

Lan, L., Xu, D., Ye, G., et al. (2020) Positive RT-PCR test results in patients recovered from COVID-19. JAMA. Published online February 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2783

Shi, Jianzhong et al. (2020) Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and different domestic animals to SARS-coronavirus-2. Preprint published March 30, 2020, State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Biotechnology, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Harbin 150001, China.

New York Times:

Specimen requirements:  Swab, or surface gauze pad swipe. Ship fresh samples immediately, overnight, on cold paks. Ship frozen samples so as to remain frozen until their arrival at Zoologix.

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.

Turnaround time: 2 business days

Methodology: Qualitative one-step reverse transcription real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

Canine enteric coronavirus PCR test

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