At this point, there is no perfect test, so it is best to use information from more than one test to make informed decisions. Both dogs and bitches to be bred should be tested prior to breeding. To be certain that VL is not in your kennel, you should test all hounds in the kennel.
To run CDC titers, kELISA and ISU or other PCR you should:
- Have a skilled blood-drawer take at least 2mL or cc of blood into both a red top (if you would like us to send serum to the CDC for serology) and green (Heparin) or purple (EDTA) top tube PER DOG.
- Label each tube with the dog's name or a number which matches to a key with all dogs ordered numerically. Also provide date of birth and any other important history on each hound sample enclosed-e.g. losing weight lately, enlarged lymph nodes, liver, spleen, epistaxis or bloody noses, dam, sire and/or other close relatives that had a titer back in 2000, and AKC registration numbers.
- Call Dr. Petersen's lab (515) 294-0964 to notify them samples are coming.
- Please do not send samples on a Friday or a weekend. Wrap the samples in bubble wrap so they do not jostle and include cold packs in the package to insure the samples stay cool during shipping. For additional information on packaging, please see http://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/shipping/packaging.cfm.
- Send samples by an overnight courier to:
Attn: Frank Steurer
Bldg 23 Rm 9-439
1600 Clifton Rd
Mail Stop D-64
Atlanta, GA 30329
($20 sample, must arrive by Tuesday to run that week)
Animal Health Diagnostic Center
Ithaca, NY 14851
Room 2759 Dept. of VPTH
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011