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Zoologix also performs rodent and rabbit PCR tests for...

Aspiculuris tetraptera


BXV-1 virus



Clostridium piliforme


E. coli (enteroinvasive)



Encephalitozoon cuniculi


Francisella tularensis

Fur mites



Human adenoviruses

Klebsiella pneumoniae

K virus

Lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus


Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)


Mouse adenoviruses

Mouse cytomegaloviruses

Mouse hepatitis virus (MHV)

Mouse kidney parvovirus (MKV or MKPV)

Mouse minute virus (MMV)

Mouse norovirus (MNV)

Mouse parvovirus (MPV)

Mouse polyoma virus (POLY)

Mousepox virus (aka ectromelia virus, EV or ECTRO)

Mouse rotavirus

Mycoplasma pulmonis

Mycoplasma screen



Pneumocystis carinii

Pneumonia virus of mice (PVM)

Rabbit coronavirus

Rabbit fibroma virus

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus

Rat bite fever

Rat coronavirus

Reovirus screen

Reovirus type 3 (REO3)



Sendai virus (SEND)

Seoul virus


Sialodacryoadenitis virus (SDAV)

Streptobacillus moniliformis

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Syphacia muris

Syphacia obvelata

Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV)

Tickborne encephalitis virus

Treponema cuniculi/ paraluiscuniculi


Tyzzer's disease

Whitewater Arroyo virus

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Bordetella PCR test for rodents
rodent and rabbit assay data sheet

Bordetella bronchiseptica

Test code: B0046 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria by real time PCR.


Infection by Bordetella bronchiseptica is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in some common domestic animals, including dogs, pigs and rabbits. Infection of horses, seals, cats and humans have also been reported. In dogs, infectious tracheobronchitis is caused by B. bronchiseptica, canine adenovirus-2, and canine parainfluenza virus, or by co infections by combinations of these organisms. Infection can result in acute or chronic cough, ciliary impairment, local respiratory immunosuppression, and predisposition to secondary lower-respiratory infections. In animal shelters, "kennel cough" in dogs represents a major management problem; it is readily transmissible, reduces adoption rates for affected animals, and requires intensive medical management. Dogs with infectious tracheobronchitis are euthanized in some shelters.

Tracheobronchitis, conjunctivitis and rhinitis (upper-respiratory tract disease), mandibular lymphadenopathy, and pneumonia have been reported in cats infected with B. bronchiseptica. Positive identification of B. bronchiseptica in cats is absolutely required to institute the appropriate treatment because upper-respiratory infection (URI) in cats can also be caused by herpesvirus, calicivirus, Mycoplasma species, and Chlamydia psittaci infection. It is believed that many cats could be carriers of the bacteria because many B. bronchiseptica culture-positive cats are clinically normal. When these cats are co-infected with other pathogens, URI will develop. Although it is not known how likely cats are to infect rabbits with B. bronchiseptica, putative cross-species transmission of B. bronchiseptica has been described.

Timely detection of B. bronchiseptica is very important for surveillance of the disease and control of the bacterial infection. Early detection can be crucial to successful treatment of the disease with antibiotics and to control the spread of the disease. The conventional method of detection, by culture, is specific but lacks sensitivity. It also takes 3 to 7 days to obtain a result. Current serological tests do not differentiate the closely related Bordetella species. Only molecular detection by PCR can give both rapid and specific identification of B. bronchiseptica.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of B. bronchiseptica.
  • Help ensure that rabbit groups are free of B. bronchiseptica
  • Early prevention of spread of B. bronchiseptica among animals
  • Minimize personnel exposure to B. bronchiseptica
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from rabbits

Specimen requirements: Nasal swab.

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 polymerase chain reaction

Normal range: Nondetected

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