Canine Herpesvirus-1 (PCR)

Preferred Sample

Lung, kidney, spleen



Acceptable Samples

Ocular swab


Days Tested


Turnaround Time

1-3 business days from test day


This assay targets the DNA of a portion of the glycoprotein B gene from Canine herpesvirus-1.



Additional Instructions

To ensure inclusion in the test run, samples should arrive the day prior to test day. Submit swabs in sterile, redtop tubes (without additives) or other sterile screwcap containers to with a small amount of saline (enough to cover the fibrous head of the swab) to maintain moisture. Viral transport media and universal transport media are also acceptable. Gel, such as culturette media or the type found in serum separator tubes, can inhibit PCR and should not be tested. Bacterial transport containers are not appropriate for PCR testing. If bacterial culture is also requested, please submit a second swab in the appropriate bacterial transport container. CHV-1 PCR testing should be focused on neonatal puppies, where the virus can cause fatal hepatic and renal necrosis. Adult dogs are susceptible to CHV-1, but the infection is usually asymptomatic or subclinical. Due to the potential for reactivation of a latent infection, CHV-1 PCR should be used as a tool for confirmation of a clinical diagnosis.