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Canine coronavirosis

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Quantitative analysis of the load of canine coronavirus causing digestive disorders in puppies and adults.

Reasons for testing

- Diagnostics of digestive form of coronavirosis
- Assessment of the epidemiological risk (to reveal the viral spread in a group of dogs)
- Assessment of the environmental contamination

Test characteristics

- quantitative RT-PCR
- Limit of detection
- Quantitative analysis (viral load)

Diagnostic samples

- Rectal swab (even post-mortem, dry swab without any preservative or culture medium)
- Environmental swab

Result interpretation

  • Negative result : absence of canine coronavirus or quantity lower than the limit of detection
  • Positive result
    • Low or very low viral load : healthy carrier (infection without clinical relevance).
    • Medium, high or very high viral load : these loads are compatible with coronavirosis or coinfection (infection with canine parvovirus or parasites like Giardia or Coccidia should be looked for). A single Coronavirus infection sometimes leads to hemorrhagic diarrhea and sudden death in puppies (mainly between 2 and 3 months of age).

As Coronavirus is very frequently detected in group of dogs, epidemiological and clinical context must be considered to interpret viral loads.

Do not hesitate to contact us for interpretation of viral loads.