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Advanced molecular diagnostic RealPCR tests

Deliver convenient and affordable access to hundreds of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) panels and individual tests that provide you definitive answers and an opportunity to identify co-infection early, with results available within 1-3 working days.

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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.

Advanced molecular testing options now provide a first line diagnostic tool that can help improve patient outcomes, and an analysis of recent submissions to the New Zealand Veterinary Pathology laboratory evidence the value of using RealPCR panels to identify when co-infection is occurring.

Technical update: RealPCR results indicate co-infections with multiple pathogens are common in companion animals.

Diarrhoea panels

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

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

Common Test Codes
—Diarrhoea RealPCR Panel —Canine

FDCP—Diarrhoea RealPCR Panel —Feline

EDPC—Equine Diarrhoea RealPCR Panel

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
—Respiratory Disease (CRD) RealPCR Panel —Canine

FUR—Upper Respiratory Disease (URD) RealPCR Panel—Feline

ERP—Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel


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

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.

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
—Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Virus RealPCR Test


HMY—Feline Hemotropic Mycoplasma (FHM) RealPCR Test



Forms and other resources

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