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Advanced molecular diagnostic RealPCR tests

Convenient and affordable access to hundreds of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) panels and individual tests that provide you definitive answers within 1–3 working days.

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Featured tests

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a process that enables the production of virtually unlimited copies of genetic material in the laboratory. PCR testing identifies a pathogen based on the presence of the pathogen’s DNA or RNA in the patient specimen, before antibody can be detected, making it a useful diagnostic tool for early disease detection in sick animals.

With IDEXX RealPCR tests, you can count on:

  • The latest innovation in PCR technology – Real-time PCR is a closed-tube system that delivers shorter assay run times and virtually eliminates false positives.
  • Fast answers – IDEXX makes results available in just 1–3 working days, so you can work through your list of differential diagnoses faster.
  • Value – With IDEXX RealPCR panels, you get answers on up to 18 different pathogens with just one test, allowing for a more accurate diagnosis and often identifying coinfection.
Echinococcus panel – NEW

Rapid, reliable and specific testing for a serious pathogen

Echinococcus multilocularis has recently been identified as an emerging disease of concern in Canada and the northern United States. In response to this concern, IDEXX Reference Laboratories developed and validated an Echinococcus RealPCR Panel in collaboration with researchers at the University of Guelph. The panel includes both a species-specific real-time PCR test for Echinococcus multilocularis and a genus-level Echinococcus spp. test.

Learn more about the Echinococcus RealPCR panel

Code: EMPP

Diarrhea panels

Quickly identify infectious causes for an all-too-common problem

Cats and dogs frequently present with diarrhea, but identifying causative agents often requires numerous tests with varying reliability. The IDEXX Canine and Feline Diarrhea RealPCR Panels allow you to screen for and accurately identify multiple infectious causes of diarrhea from only a single fecal specimen.

Common test codes
CDCD—Diarrhea RealPCR Panel (Comprehensive)—Canine
FDCD—Diarrhea RealPCR Panel (Comprehensive)—Feline
FDXPCD—Diarrhea RealPCR Panel (Comprehensive) with Fecal Dx Antigen Profile (Flotation) —Canine
FDXPFD—Diarrhea RealPCR Panel (Comprehensive) with Fecal Dx Antigen Profile (Flotation) —Feline
FDXPHD—Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE)/Bloody Diarrhea RealPCR Panel with Fecal Dx Profile—Canine

Vector-borne disease panels

Increase diagnostic sensitivity with combined serology and PCR testing

These vector-borne disease panels combine serology and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The IDEXX RealPCR component detects pathogenic nucleic acid (DNA), identifying infectious agents of clinical disease as well as coinfections, and the serology portion may reveal exposure to multiple pathogens and provides an indication of the duration of infection. For Lyme disease, the IDEXX C6technology is the preferred diagnostic method of Borrelia burgdorferi infection.

Common test codes
CAXD—Anemia RealPCR Panel with 4Dx Plus—Canine
FAVD—Amenia RealPCR Panel with FeLV/FIV by ELISA—Feline
CTCXD—Tick/Vector Comprehensive RealPCR Panel with Lab 4Dx Plus—Canine
CTCQD—Tick/Vector Comprehensive RealPCR Panel with Lyme Quant C6—Canine
FTVD—Tick/Vector RealPCR Panel—Feline

Leptospira spp. tests

Early detection with no vaccine cross-reactivity

The IDEXX Leptospira spp. RealPCR Test enables an early and accurate diagnosis of canine leptospirosis. A potentially life-threatening disease, leptospirosis most commonly manifests in dogs as severe acute kidney disease. In addition, urinary shedding of leptospires by infected animals poses a significant zoonotic risk to dog owners.

Common test codes
—Leptospira spp. Panel—Canine
LSSPPD—Leptospira spp. RealPCR Test

Canine distemper test

Accurately diagnose CDV during early infection in dogs who have been recently vaccinated

The Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) Quant RealPCR Test provides a quantitative measure of the CDV viral load. The amount of virus during infection is typically exponentially more than would be detected because of recent vaccination. Therefore, this quantitative information allows the test to discriminate vaccine interference from infection with a wild-type strain of distemper virus.

Common test codes
—Distemper Virus (CDV) Quant RealPCR Test—Canine

Feline PCR tests

More definitive diagnosis of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

The Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus RealPCR Test differentiates between the less virulent or nonpathogenic FECV biotype and the virulent or pathogenic FIPV biotype, allowing for more definitive diagnosis or exclusion of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Diagnosing FIP is extremely difficult and frustrating, and the availability of this new test can help you reach a more confident diagnosis.

Common test codes
RFIPV—Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Virus RealPCR Test

Respiratory disease panels

Identify the causative agents of canine and feline respiratory disease

The IDEXX Canine Respiratory Disease (CRD) RealPCR Panel provides rapid, sensitive and specific identification for eight infectious agents – all at once.

The IDEXX Feline Upper Respiratory Disease (URD) RealPCR Panel dramatically increases your chance of accurately identifying the origins of feline URD.

Common test codes
CRDD—Respiratory Disease (CRD) RealPCR Panel (Comprehensive)—Canine
FURD—Upper Respiratory Disease (URD) RealPCR Panel—Feline
ERDD—Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel (Standard)

Specimen pickup & Lab supplies

Schedule a specimen pickup

Practices located within IDEXX’s courier network

Practices in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec located within IDEXX’s courier network* can schedule or cancel a pickup via our automated courier booking system by calling 1-800-667-3411.

Once your account has been confirmed, the system will notify you if you have a pickup already scheduled, and then offer the option to cancel the pickup or schedule an additional pickup.

*IDEXX Canada’s courier network includes the metropolitan and surrounding areas of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Practices located outside IDEXX'S courier network

Practices located outside our courier network, call one of IDEXX Canada's designated courier companies below:

Courier Company Location: Phone Number
ACE Courier B.C. - Interior
Castlegar: 250-365-0269
Kamloops: 250-828-1311
Kelowna: 250-763-1324
Vernon: 250-545-3669

B.C. - Vancouver Island
Courtenay: 250-338-9990
Duncan: 250-748-5765
Nanaimo: 250-741-1422
Salt Spring Island: 250-537-9699
Victoria: 250-475-2011
Purolator For all other locations, call 1-888-744-7123

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Directory of Tests & Services

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PCR testing is a service performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.