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 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

Mycoplasma canis PCR test

dog and cat assay data sheet

Mycoplasma canis

Test code:
  B0049 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Mycoplasma canis by real time polymerase chain reaction

B0049 is included on P0051 - dog show panel

Approximately 30% to 50% male dogs and 23% to 75% female dogs have mycoplasmas in the genital tract, and mixed infections with other bacteria and mycoplasma species are common. Mycoplasma canis has frequently been isolated from dogs with urogenital disease and infertility. Even after prolonged antibiotic therapy, M. canis can still be cultured from the prostate, epididymis and chronically inflamed bladder wall in some dogs. Experimental infection of male dogs with M. canis produced chronic urethritis and epididymitis in 50% of cases and in female dogs, enlarged uterus and endometritis was seen.

Males infected with mycoplasma canis can produce fertility problems with or without evidence of testicular infection, prostatitis, or scrotal swelling. Infection leads to inflammatory processes that create an unfavorable condition for production of sperm. Additional effects on sperm may include alteration of sperm motility, interference with normal sperm metabolism by which the sperm recognizes the ova, impairment of ova-penetrating ability, and autoimmune damage to sperm.

Since infection of dogs with this microorganism can significantly reduce their fertility, dogs infected with Mycoplasma should not be used for breeding until antibiotic treatment is completed and followup testing is performed to confirm that the dog is no longer a carrier. Stud dogs should not be allowed to naturally breed bitches suspected of carrying Mycoplasma.

Antibiotic treatment is available to eradicate Mycoplasma; typical treatment lasts for a minimum of 10 to 14 days. Some Mycoplasma strains, however, are resistant to the standard erythromycin treatment and may require therapy with Tylosin, which has a broader-spectrum action on various Mycoplasma strains. Semen cultures may be performed before and after completion of therapy to help ensure complete elimination of the infectious organisms. However, semen culture is not a very sensitive method to detect this organism because of its fastidious growth requirements. Molecular detection by PCR, which offers a high degree of sensitivity and specificity, is the preferred method and is much faster than culture.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Mycoplasma canis infection
  • Help ensure that dog populations are free of M. canis
  • Early prevention of spread of M. canis among a group of dogs
  • Minimize human exposure to M. canis

Specimen requirement: 0.2 ml semen or urine, or urogenital swab, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed 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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