Feline Coronavirus (associated with FIP) (PCR)

Preferred Sample

Ascites, pleural fluid

Fee

$40

Acceptable Samples

Spleen, lymph node, kidney, omentum, liver, brain, EDTA whole blood (1 ml minimum)

Schedule

Days Tested

TUE

Turnaround Time

1-2 business days from test day

Description

This assay targets the RNA of a portion of the 7b gene from Feline coronavirus. This assay cannot distinguish between FIPV (feline infectious peritonitis virus) and FECV (feline enteric coronavirus); therefore, a FIP diagnosis should also take into account other diagnostic tests including case history, hematology, and histopathological examination of biopsies.

Species

Feline

Shipping Requirements

To ensure inclusion in the test run, samples should arrive the day prior to test day.

Additional Instructions

Test can be performed on EDTA whole blood but it is not recommended. Detection outside of the intestinal tract supports a FIP diagnosis. Care should be taken such that samples remain uncontaminated by fecal material.