DWR Diagnostics

Microbiology and Faecal Analysis

Microbiology

Test name

Test details

Sample requirement

Test code

Turnaround time

Culture & sensitivity of wound, abscess or ulcer

Aerobic and anaerobic culture and sensitivity. Includes extended sensitivities of resistant organisms.

Charcoal swab

CS

3 days

Culture and sensitivity of fluid or pus

Using Robertson’ Enrichment process to maximise recovery. Includes extended sensitivities of resistant organisms.

Fluid in plain sterile container

FLCU

3-5 days

Skin swab culture and sensitivity

Aerobic culture and yeast culture from swab from pustules etc. with sensitivity. Includes extended sensitivities of resistant organisms.

Charcoal swab

CSS

3 days

5days for yeasts

Ear swab culture and sensitivity

Aerobic, anaerobic and yeast culture with appropriate sensitivity tests Additional site
(Please advise if sites to be pooled for 1 fee)

Charcoal swab

EAR1 EAX2

3 days

5 days for yeasts

Eye Culture

Bacterial and yeast/fungal culture with appropriate topical sensitivities

Charcoal swab

EYCU

3-5 days

Eye Ulcer Culture

As eye with anaerobic culture

Charcoal swab

EYUL

3-5 days

Eye (second) culture

Additional site (please advise if sites to be pooled for 1 fee)

Charcoal swab

EYX2

3-5 days

Nasal culture

Bacterial and fungal culture including Cryptococcus and Aspergillus. Sensitivities performed on bacteria isolates

Charcoal swab or nasal discharge in sterile container or plaque/tissue in dry pot with a few drops of saline

NAC

3 days

5 days for fungi

Bacterial culture of tissue samples/ implants

Culture including enrichment culture of tissue or surgical implants, IV catheters etc. using glass bead enrichment process to maximise recovery. Includes extended sensitivities of resistant organisms.

Tissue/implant/catheter in dry sterile container (no saline or swab)

TISS

5 days

Fungal culture

Culture of aspirated or solid tissue in cases of suspected fungal infection

Charcoal swab or tissue in dry sterile container

FC

5 days

Blood culture

Culture and sensitivity of blood in blood-grow transport medium.

Additional blood culture

2–5 ml blood in blood culture system bottle  (contact lab)

BLCU

5 days

 

Faecal Analysis

Test name

Test details

Sample requirement

Test code

Turnaround time

Faecal parasitology

Sensitive centrifugation/sedimentation technique for detection of protozoa, oocysts/ova and larvae including lung worm

Faeces

FAEP

1 day

Parasitology with additional Ziehl-Neelsen stain for Cryptosporidium (useful in young animals)

Faeces

FPZN

Next day

Salmonella & Campylobacter

Salmonella and Campylobacter using selective media

Faeces

FSC

2–4 days

Routine faecal analysis

Parasitology as above and culture for Salmonella and Campylobacter

Faeces

FA

2–4 days
(Campy 5–7)

Additional ZN stain for Cryptosporidium

Faeces

FAZN

2–4 days
(Campy 5–7)

Tritrichomonas PCR

PCR test for detection of Tritrichomonas foetus in feline faeces

Faeces

TRIP

Up to 7 days

 Parvovirus antigen

Test for parvovirus antigen in faeces

Faeces or plain swab

PARS

Same day

Parvovirus PCR

PCR for parvovirus in faeces

Faeces

PARP

4 days

Giardia antigen

Giardia antigen test

Faeces

GIAA

Same day

Faecal occult blood

Detection of GI bleeding. NB: Meat-free diet for 3 days prior to sample collection (white fish can be fed).

Faeces

FOC

Same day

Canine diarrhoea PCR panel

Canine Coronavirus, Canine Parvovirus, Cryptosporidium spp, Giardia spp.

Faeces

CDPP

Up to 4 days

Feline diarrhoea PCR panel

Feline Coronavirus, Feline Panleucopaenia virus, Cryptosporidium spp, Giardia spp and Tritrichomonas foetus.

Faeces

FDPP

Up to 4 days

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