Container: Red top or gel tube
Collection protocol: Venepuncture
Special handling/shipping requirements: Standard
General information about the disease:
Parvovirus infection is a serious, highly infectious viral disease of dogs. Vaccination is effective at preventing infection and vaccination programs have been developed to thoroughly protect dogs.
General information about when this test is indicated:
This test is used to assess if vaccinal immunity directed against canine parvovirus is present and sufficient. A positive test indicates a haemagglutination inhibition titre of 1:80 or greater. Dogs with a negative test are not protected from infection but they may be protected from clinical disease since anamnestic antibody or cell mediated immunity may be protective.
Comparison with other related tests: A faecal parvovirus ELISA is available to test for the presence of virus if clinical disease is suspected. Characteristic lesions are seen in the intestinal tract in fatal cases of infection.