To optimize the isolation of clinically significant anaerobic bacteria, extreme care must be taken to avoid contamination with normal flora, to collect the specimen from the active sites of infection, and to maintain anaerobic conditions for the specimen.
Fluid/Aspirate: Submit in Dental transport medium: Cleanse rubber top with alcohol and allow to dry. Inject fluid or aspirate into transport media taking care not to introduce air. Tissue (>5mm): Submit in a screw-capped container and moisten tissue with a few drops of sterile saline to prevent drying. Tissue (<5mm): Place "gently on top" of semi-solid gel in ACT 1 Transport. Do not submerge tissue into semi-solid gel.
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Swab specimens are not recommended! To optimize recovery of clinically significant anaerobic bacteria, care must be taken to avoid contamination with indigenous flora by collecting the specimen from an active site of infection.
Anaerobic susceptibilities are not routinely performed, although suggestions for treatment are usually provided. Susceptibility testing will be performed only after consultation with veterinarian at an additional cost.