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Canine Distemper PCR (DIS)
Test Code: VDISPSO
Species
Canine
Test Category
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Urine ​Screw topped vial ​5 mL
​Tissue ​Screw topped vial ​1 g
​Swab ​Cotton, plastic, wood-handled, Dacron and other synthetic swabs
Collection Processing Instructions

Submit swabs in sterile, sealed vials with several drops of saline added. 

Acceptable Body Sites
​Swab-Nasal
Acceptable Specimen Types
​Urine, Tissue or Swab
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
​Tissue ​Refrigerate ​10 days
​Swab ​Refrigerate ​10 days
​Urine ​Refrigerate ​10 days
Rejection Criteria

​Swabs in bacterial transport media

Avoid Calcium alginate swabs

Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
​Sent to Animal Health Diagnostic Center-Cornell, New York ​Monday through Friday, as needed ​3-5 days ​RT-qPCR molecular method
Marshfield Center Laboratory Section
Reference Lab Information
Address Telephone Website Link Marshfield Lab Account #
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Univ
240 Farrier Rd
Ithaca, NY 14853​​
​607-253-3900 www.ahdc.vet.cornell.edu ​7938
Test Information
​Specimens should be collected early after signs of respiratory illness appear, preferably within the first 3 days.  Testing may be most appropriate for situations where animals housed together are sequentially contracting acute respiratory disease. 
Reference Intervals
See Report
Interpretation
​None Detected or Detected (if detected includes a relative amount of high, moderate or low)
Species
Canine
Test Category
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Urine ​Screw topped vial ​5 mL
​Tissue ​Screw topped vial ​1 g
​Swab ​Cotton, plastic, wood-handled, Dacron and other synthetic swabs
Collection Processing Instructions

Submit swabs in sterile, sealed vials with several drops of saline added. 

Acceptable Body Sites
​Swab-Nasal
Acceptable Specimen Types
​Urine, Tissue or Swab
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
​Tissue ​Refrigerate ​10 days
​Swab ​Refrigerate ​10 days
​Urine ​Refrigerate ​10 days
Rejection Criteria

​Swabs in bacterial transport media

Avoid Calcium alginate swabs

Test Information
​Specimens should be collected early after signs of respiratory illness appear, preferably within the first 3 days.  Testing may be most appropriate for situations where animals housed together are sequentially contracting acute respiratory disease. 
Reference Intervals
See Report
Interpretation
​None Detected or Detected (if detected includes a relative amount of high, moderate or low)
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
​Sent to Animal Health Diagnostic Center-Cornell, New York ​Monday through Friday, as needed ​3-5 days ​RT-qPCR molecular method
Laboratory Section
Reference Lab Information
Address Telephone Website Link Marshfield Lab Account #
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Univ
240 Farrier Rd
Ithaca, NY 14853​​
​607-253-3900 www.ahdc.vet.cornell.edu ​7938
For most current information refer to the Marshfield Laboratory online reference manual.