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Determination of antibody levels in canine serum is of value both for diagnostic purposes, and for testing older animals to determine immune status and thus predict need for vaccination. We also offer rabies serology tests.
Blood Test for Suspect Canine TB
The interferon gamma test is intended to assist in the diagnosis of suspected canine TB cases. The interferon gamma test can be useful in categorising dogs with suggestive lesions appropriately. This in turn can inform decisions as to whether treatment is appropriate and whether it is necessary to report the case to AHVLA (Suspected Bovine TB is a notifiable disease in all mammals).
Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus, Canine Parainfluenza and Canine Herpesvirus.
Antibody titres to canine distemper, canine adenovirus canine parainfluenza and canine herpesvirus are determined by a virus neutralisation test. This is the most reliable assay for the detection of vaccinal status or antibodies due to infection.
We use the IIFT to determine the levels of antibodies to canine parvovirus in serum.
Antibodies to Neospora are detected in serum or plasma by indirect immunofluorescence (IIFT).
IgG or IgM antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii are detected in serum or plasma by indirect immunofluorescence.
Assessment of DHP vaccinal status
There is increasing concern in the veterinary world regarding the over-vaccination of dogs. The requirement for repeat distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus vaccination can be assessed by serology. Certificates are available on request.
We offer the Virbac CPSE ELISA, the first ELISA based test to screen, diagnose and monitor BPH.
Antibodies to lepto are detected using an IIFT test. This test detects antibodies to all pathogenic serovars but not vaccination.
Canine parvovirus can be detected from faecal samples by PCR.
Virus isolation can be performed for distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, herpesvirus and parainfluenza.
Canine Distemper Virus
We can detect CDV using PCR.
We can perform lepto PCR on urine or tissue samples.