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Feline Diagnostic Plans and Panels

The following diagnostic plans have been developed primarily as an educational tool to assist the veterinarian in designing a complete, although not exhaustive, diagnostic strategy. To encourage veterinarians to select only the tests that are deemed clinically appropriate in each situation, the price of the diagnostic plan is not discounted from the sum of the individual test costs.

For the test groupings labeled as panels, there may be a discounted price versus the costs of the individual tests. Diagnostic plans and panels can be requested by writing the complete name as the test request. If appropriate samples are included all tests will be performed.

Coagulation Panel + Fibrinogen

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Fibrinogen FIB
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
Prothrombin Time PT
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
Thrombin Clotting Time TCT
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
aPTT (Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time) APTT
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)

Prices

$34.00

Notes

Ship chilled.

Coagulation Panel, Small Animals

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Prothrombin Time PT
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
Thrombin Clotting Time TCT
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
aPTT (Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time) APTT
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)

Prices

$27.25

Notes

Ship chilled.

DIC Panel, Small Animal

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Antithrombin AT3
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
D-dimer Quantitative DDIQ
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
Fibrinogen FIB
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
Prothrombin Time PT
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
aPTT (Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time) APTT
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)

Prices

$88.50

Notes

Ship chilled.

Feline Abortion/Fading Kitten Serology Diagnostic Plan

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Feline Herpes virus (FHV) (Rhinotracheitis) SN FHVSN
  • Maternal serum (separated)
Feline Parvovirus (Panleukopenia) HI FPVHI
  • Maternal serum (separated)
Feline blood typing FELBT
  • Maternal EDTA whole blood in lavender top tube

Prices

$62.75 single
$95.75 paired (1 feline blood typing)

Notes

Ship chilled.

When acute and convalescent samples are/will be collected, for most serology assays they should always be tested in parallel, and paired results interpreted. If acute samples are submitted alone, all tests will be performed. If second, convalescent samples are later submitted, tests on both samples will be run in parallel and fees for both samples will be charged. To avoid testing acute samples twice, hold and submit with convalescent samples. If convalescent samples will not be collected, or when infectious abortion is strongly suspected due to history, immediate testing of acute sample may be warranted.

If not previously performed a Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) ELISA and a Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) kinetic ELISA may be warranted.

Feline Abortion/Fading Kitten Tissue Diagnostic Plan

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
(3) Aerobic bacterial culture (1 sensitivity included) AER
  • Fresh tissue: lung, placenta, stomach contents, kidney, liver, heart, adrenal, skin, heart blood in sterile red top tube
Feline Herpes virus (FHV) FA FHVFA
  • Fresh tissue: lung, placenta, stomach contents, kidney, liver, heart, adrenal, skin, heart blood in sterile red top tube
Feline Parvovirus (Panleukopenia) FA FPFA
  • Fresh tissue: lung, placenta, stomach contents, kidney, liver, heart, adrenal, skin, heart blood in sterile red top tube
Field Necropsy Surcharge HISTONIB
  • Formalin fixed tissue: placenta, liver, lung, brain, adrenal, heart, thymus, small intestine, kidney, fetal skin
Histopathology HISTO
  • Formalin fixed tissue: placenta, liver, lung, brain, adrenal, heart, thymus, small intestine, kidney, fetal skin
Virus Isolation VI
  • Fresh tissue: lung, placenta, stomach contents, kidney, liver, heart, adrenal, skin, heart blood in sterile red top tube

Prices

$390.50 per kitten

Notes

Ship fresh tissue chilled and protect fixed tissue from freezing. Kit available. See Field Necropsy Kit for more instructions and details on sampling procedure and technique. If full necropsy desired, see Necropsy Testing.

In rare circumstances may also wantto add Leptospira real-time PCR

Feline combination: FeLV/ FCoV/FIV/Toxo

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) kinetic ELISA FCOV
  • 2ml Serum (separated)
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) ELISA FELV
  • 2ml Serum (separated)
Feline Toxoplasmosis ELISA FETOX
  • 2ml Serum (separated)
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) kinetic ELISA FIVK
  • 2ml Serum (separated)

Prices

Notes

Other panel combinations available, see test and fee manual.

Feline Dermatology Diagnostic Plan

All skin biopsy submissions should be accompanied by a Dermatohistopathology Submission Form.

For additional guidance refer to Dermatopathology Sampling Guide.

Deep lesion

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Acid fast stain AFS
  • (2) fresh skin biopsies in plain red top tube with 0.5ml sterile saline to keep moist (not wet)
Aerobic bacterial culture (1 sensitivity included) AER
  • (2) fresh skin biopsies in plain red top tube with 0.5ml sterile saline to keep moist (not wet)
  • +/- Swab from deep in tissue placed in aerobic transport media (Amies with charcoal)
Fungal Culture FUNGCM
  • (2) fresh skin biopsies in plain red top tube with 0.5ml sterile saline to keep moist (not wet)
  • +/- Swab from deep in tissue placed in aerobic transport media (Amies with charcoal)
Gram Stain GRAM
  • (2) fresh skin biopsies in plain red top tube with 0.5ml sterile saline to keep moist (not wet)
Histopathology (biopsy)
  • Multiple formalin fixed skin biopsies.
Parasite Identification PID
  • (2) fresh skin biopsies in plain red top tube with 0.5ml sterile saline to keep moist (not wet)

Superficial lesion

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Cytology Smear Exam CYSMR
  • (2) impression smears/skin scrapings/fluid aspirates for cytology placed on glass slides and air dried
Fungal Culture FUNGCM
  • (1) hair and skin scraping for fungal culture and gram stain sent in a sealable paper envelope
Gram Stain GRAM
  • (1) hair and skin scraping for fungal culture and gram stain sent in a sealable paper envelope
Histopathology (biopsy)
  • Multiple formalin fixed skin biopsies.
Skin Scraping SSE
  • (1) skin scraping for ectoparasite identification in an escape proof, nonporous container

Prices

Deep lesion: $243.00
Superficial lesion: $213.00

Notes

Deep lesion samples: Ship chilled and protect fixed tissue from freezing.

Superficial lesion samples: Ship at room temperature and protect from temperature extremes. Protect slides from formalin exposure.

Feline Diarrhea Diagnostic Plan

Ante mortem

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Campylobacter jejuni Culture CAMPYJ
  • Fecal swab placed in aerobic transport media (Amies with charcoal)
  • Fresh feces in leak-proof container (20 g)
Cryptosporidium ELISA CRYPTO
  • Fresh feces in leak-proof container (20 g)
Fecal Floatation FLOAT
  • Fresh feces in leak-proof container (20 g)
Feline Enteric Coronavirus/FIP PCR
  • Fresh feces in leak-proof container (20 g)
Folate (Folic Acid) FOL
  • Serum (separated)
Giardia ELISA GIARD
  • Fresh feces in leak-proof container (20 g)
Salmonella culture (1 sensitivity included) SALM
  • Fecal swab placed in aerobic transport media (Amies with charcoal)
  • One fecal sample (1 g, fill to line on container but do not overfill)
Thyroid panel
Ft4 by dialysis, T4, T3
THYPALL
  • Fresh feces in leak-proof container (20 g)
  • Serum (separated)
Trichomonas Fecal Exam TFE
  • Fecal swab in tritrichomonas In-Pouch®
Virus Isolation VI
  • Fresh feces in leak-proof container (20 g)
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) B12
  • Serum (separated)

Necropsy

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Campylobacter jejuni Culture CAMPYJ
  • Fecal swab placed in aerobic transport media (Amies with charcoal)
  • Fresh feces or colon contents in leak-proof container (10 g)
  • Tied off loop of bowel with contents (fresh)
Cryptosporidium ELISA CRYPTO
  • Fresh feces or colon contents in leak-proof container (10 g)
Fecal Floatation FLOAT
  • Fresh feces or colon contents in leak-proof container (10 g)
Feline Enteric Coronavirus/FIP PCR
  • Fresh feces or colon contents in leak-proof container (10 g)
  • Tied off loop of bowel with contents (fresh)
Feline Enteric Coronavirus/FIP PCR
  • Tied off loop of bowel with contents (fresh)
Feline Parvovirus (Panleukopenia) FA FPFA
  • Tied off loop of bowel with contents (fresh)
Field Necropsy Surcharge HISTONIB
  • Full set of formalin fixed tissues (including multiple sections of intestinal tract)
Giardia ELISA GIARD
  • Fresh feces or colon contents in leak-proof container (10 g)
Histopathology HISTO
  • Full set of formalin fixed tissues (including multiple sections of intestinal tract)
Salmonella culture (1 sensitivity included) SALM
  • Fecal swab placed in aerobic transport media (Amies with charcoal)
  • Fresh feces or colon contents in leak-proof container (10 g)
Trichomonas Fecal Exam TFE
  • Fecal swab in tritrichomonas In-Pouch®
Virus Isolation VI
  • Fresh feces or colon contents in leak-proof container (10 g)
  • Tied off loop of bowel with contents (fresh)

Prices

$358.25 (ante mortem samples)
$433.75 (full set of necropsy samples)

Notes

Ante mortem samples: ship chilled except for ParaPak® and In-Pouch® which should be kept at room temperature.

Necropsy samples: ship chilled except for ParaPak®and In-Pouch® which should be kept at room temperature. Protect fixed tissue from freezing.

In kittens less than 10 days of age an Aerobic bacterial culture on feces should also be considered

Feline Fever of Unknown Origin Diagnostic Plan

If case is chronic, virus isolation can be omitted if desired. If not previously performed a large animal chemistry panel may be warranted and serum (separated) or heparinized plasma would need to be submitted.

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
(3) Blood Culture, Aerobic (1 sensitivity included) BLDAER
  • (3) inoculated aerobic/fungal blood culture bottles
(3) Blood Culture, Anaerobic BLDAN
  • (3) inoculated anaerobic blood culture bottles
Fibrinogen (heat-precipitation) FIB-SCH
  • (2) tubes EDTA whole blood (lavender top tube)
Hemogram (CBC), Automated
examination for blood parasites included
CBCA
  • (2) air dried blood smears
  • (2) tubes EDTA whole blood (lavender top tube)
(2) Virus Isolation
Nasal, whole blood
VI
  • (2) tubes EDTA whole blood (lavender top tube)
  • Nasal swab in 0.5ml sterile saline to keep moist (not wet)

Prices

$335.00
Chronic case with no virus isolation: $265.00

Testing may qualify for N.Y. State contract case subsidy.

Notes

Ship chilled except for blood culture bottles and slides which are shipped at room temperature.

See Blood Culture Technique for more information. To order blood culture bottles go to shipping services or call 607.253.3935.

It may be helpful to collect and bank a serum sample for possible acute and convalescent serology.

This diagnostic plan is designed to detect a broad spectrum of systemic bacterial, viral, and some blood parasite causes of acute fever of unknown origin, as well as certain inflammatory changes which may assist in determining the underlying problems. Viral causes of illness are best detected acutely and most are unlikely to be detected in a patient with a chronic fever of unknown origin. This plan is intended to be used as an adjunct to targeted, disease-specific testing appropriate to the species, clinical history and geographic location or conditions. See Small Animal Internal Medicine, 5th Edition, 2014, Nelson RW and Couto CG; Chapter 88: Fever of Unknown Origin, pages 1279-1282 for other ideas of testing.

Feline Infectious Respiratory Diagnostic Plan

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Aerobic bacterial culture (1 sensitivity included) AER
  • Nasal or pharyngeal swabs in aerobic transport media (Amies without charcoal)
  • Transtracheal wash (TTW) (preferred sample) or bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid in red top tube
Chlamydophila FA CHFA
  • Transtracheal wash (TTW) (preferred sample) or bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid in red top tube
Cytology Smear Exam CYSMR
Feline Calicivirus (FCV) FA VIRFA
  • Transtracheal wash (TTW) (preferred sample) or bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid in red top tube
Feline Herpes virus (FHV) FA FHVFA
  • Transtracheal wash (TTW) (preferred sample) or bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid in red top tube
Feline Parvovirus (Panleukopenia) FA FPFA
  • Transtracheal wash (TTW) (preferred sample) or bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid in red top tube
Field Necropsy Surcharge HISTONIB
Histopathology HISTO
Mycoplasma Culture MYCOPL
  • (1) swab inoculated with sample and placed in aerobic transport media (Amies without charcoal)
  • Nasal or pharyngeal swabs in aerobic transport media (Amies without charcoal)
  • Transtracheal wash (TTW) (preferred sample) or bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid in red top tube
Virus Isolation VI
  • Nasal or pharyngeal swabs in viral transport media or a red top tube with 0.5ml sterile saline
  • Transtracheal wash (TTW) (preferred sample) or bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid in red top tube

Prices

$311.00 (ante mortem samples)
$387.50 (full set of necropsy samples)

Notes

Ship chilled except for slides. Protect slides from formalin exposure.

TTW fluid is a superior sample for detection of significant bacterial pathogens causing lower airway disease. Results of nasal or pharyngeal swab cultures must be interpreted with caution as many bacterial organisms may be present as normal commensals in the upper respiratory tract.

It may be helpful to collect and bank a serum sample for acute and convalescent serology.

Testing for evidence of lungworms, qualitative fecal ($25.00) and a consideration of heartworm testing may also be indicated. Please request separately and submit fresh feces (10 g) for fecal.

Ship chilled.

Feline Liver Function/Portosystemic Shunt Panel

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Bile Acids, Fasting Panel BA-FP
  • Serum (separated)
Bile Acids, Post-Prandial Panel BAPPP
  • Serum (separated)
Protein C PROTC
  • 2ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top tube and then separated and transferred)
Small Animal Chemistry Panel SAP
  • Serum (separated)

Prices

$138.75

Notes

Ship chilled.

Pre-prandial bile acid sampling should be done before the animal is fed at their routine meal time (e.g. morning), and the post-prandial sample drawn 2 hours later. If only one sample can be collected, the post-prandial sample is preferred.

Feline Neurologic Tissue Panel

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Aerobic bacterial culture AER
  • (1) swab inoculated with CSF and placed in aerobic transport media (Amies with charcoal)
  • CSF sample taken using sterile technique and placed in sterile red top tube
  • Fresh brain placed in sterile container
Canine Distemper (CDV) Virus FA
may be warranted in exotic cats
CDVFA
  • Fresh brain placed in sterile container
(2) Cryptococcus Antigen CRYPTA
  • CSF sample taken using sterile technique and placed in sterile red top tube
  • Heart blood in sterile red top tube
  • Serum (separated)
Fungal Culture FUNGCM
  • (1) swab inoculated with CSF and placed in aerobic transport media (Amies with charcoal)
  • CSF sample taken using sterile technique and placed in sterile red top tube
  • Fresh brain placed in sterile container
Histopathology HISTO
  • Full set of fixed tissues placed in formalin, including multiple sections of brain and spinal cord.
Toxic Heavy Metal Panel THMP
  • Fresh liver in sterile container
Virus Isolation VI
  • CSF sample taken using sterile technique and placed in sterile red top tube
  • Fresh brain placed in sterile container
West Nile Virus (WNV) PCR WNVPCR
  • CSF sample taken using sterile technique and placed in sterile red top tube
  • Fresh brain placed in sterile container

Prices

$480.25

Notes

Ship chilled and protect fixed tissue from freezing. Please indicate if rabies testing is pending.

See Tissues for Rabies Diagnosis for photos of brain samples needed for rabies testing.

May also want to consider Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytology which requires CSF in EDTA tube (LTT) and (2) air dried slides of CSF. Protect slides from formalin exposure.

Feline Respiratory PCR Panel

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Bordetella PCR BORD
  • Nasal swab, pharyngeal swab; or tracheal wash; broncho-alveolar lavage or upper airway tissue, lung
Chlamydophila PCR CHPCR
  • Nasal swab, pharyngeal swab; or tracheal wash; broncho-alveolar lavage or upper airway tissue, lung
Influenza Virus Matrix PCR IVMPCR
  • Nasal swab, pharyngeal swab; or tracheal wash; broncho-alveolar lavage or upper airway tissue, lung
Mycoplasma cynos PCR MCYN
  • Nasal swab, pharyngeal swab; or tracheal wash; broncho-alveolar lavage or upper airway tissue, lung
Mycoplasma felis PCR MFEL
  • Nasal swab, pharyngeal swab; or tracheal wash; broncho-alveolar lavage or upper airway tissue, lung
Pneumovirus N RT-qPCR PNVPCR
  • Nasal swab, pharyngeal swab; or tracheal wash; broncho-alveolar lavage or upper airway tissue, lung
Streptococcus zooepidemicus PCR SZT
  • Nasal swab, pharyngeal swab; or tracheal wash; broncho-alveolar lavage or upper airway tissue, lung

Prices

$50.00

Notes

Feline Vaccine Panel 1

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Feline Herpes virus (FHV) (Rhinotracheitis) SN FHVSN
  • 1-2ml serum (separated)
Feline Parvovirus (Panleukopenia) HI FPVHI
  • 2ml Serum (separated)

Prices

$33.00

Notes

Ship chilled.

Feline Vaccine Panel 2

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Feline Calicivirus (FCV) SN FCVSN
  • 3ml serum (separated)
Feline Herpes virus (FHV) (Rhinotracheitis) SN FHVSN
  • 3ml serum (separated)
Feline Parvovirus (Panleukopenia) HI FPVHI
  • 3ml serum (separated)

Prices

$49.50

Notes

Ship chilled.

Feline Vaccine Panel 3

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Feline Calicivirus (FCV) SN FCVSN
  • 2ml Serum (separated)
Feline Parvovirus (Panleukopenia) HI FPVHI
  • 2ml Serum (separated)

Prices

$33.00

Notes

Ship chilled.

Fungal Serology Panel

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Aspergillus Antibody ASPERA
  • 1-2ml serum (separated)
Blastomyces Antibody BLASTA
  • 1-2ml serum (separated)
Coccidioides Antibody COCCA
  • 1-2ml serum (separated)
Cryptococcus Antigen CRYPTA
  • 1-2ml serum (separated) - Cerebrospinal Fluid only valid for Cryptococcus antigen test.
Histoplasma Antibody HISTOA
  • 1-2ml serum (separated)

Prices

$64.00

Notes

Ship chilled.

Hemophilia Panel, Small Animal

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Clotting Factor (08) FVIII Activity CF08
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).
Clotting Factor (09) FIX Activity CF09
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).
Prothrombin Time PT
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).
Thrombin Clotting Time TCT
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).
aPTT (Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time) APTT
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).
von Willebrand factor (vWF:Ag) VWF
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).

Prices

$69.75

Notes

Ship chilled.

Hemostasis Panel, Small Animal

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Prothrombin Time PT
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).
Thrombin Clotting Time TCT
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).
aPTT (Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time) APTT
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).
von Willebrand factor (vWF:Ag) VWF
  • 2-3ml separated citrate plasma in plastic or siliconized glass tube (blue top and then separated and transferred).

Prices

$44.50

Notes

Ship chilled.

Mineral Panel (Tissue, Feed)

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Ca, P, Mg, Na, K, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, Mo MINP
  • Submit 2 grams of tissue or 100g of feed. This is done primarily for copper (Cu), iron (Fe), and zinc (Zn) but the other elements are reported as well.

Prices

$47.00

Notes

Ship tissue chilled.

Thyroid Panel, Feline: FT4d, T4, T3, TSH

Tests Performed Test Code Samples Needed
Free-T4 by dialysis baseline (FT4d) FT4
  • 2-2.5ml serum (separated) from plain red top collection tube, with no additives and no serum separator tubes.
T3 (Triiodothyronine) baseline T3
  • 2-2.5ml serum (separated) from plain red top collection tube, with no additives and no serum separator tubes.
T4 (Thyroxine) baseline T4
  • 2-2.5ml serum (separated) from plain red top collection tube, with no additives and no serum separator tubes.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone baseline TSH
  • 2-2.5ml serum (separated) from plain red top collection tube, with no additives and no serum separator tubes.

Prices

$62.00

Notes

Ship chilled.

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