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Heartworm testing now offered at the ADDL

Routine testing for early detection is the best way to reduce morbidity in infected animals and minimize spread to other animals.

Heartworm disease is a vector-borne illness caused by the parasitic roundworm Dirofilaria immitis. The parasite is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, and there are more than 25 species of mosquito capable of transmitting D. immitis in the United States. Heartworm is considered a “silent” disease because symptoms may not present until late in infection. If left undiagnosed heartworm can cause extensive organ damage including lung disease and heart failure.

Please submit at least 150 µL of serum if requesting both heartworm antigen ELISA and B. canis IFA testing.

A heartworm antigen ELISA is now offered at the ADDL for a fee of $9.00 per sample. A study of 250 dogs showed that the sensitivity and specificity of this heartworm test compared to diagnoses at necropsy were 99% and 96%, respectively. Conveniently, the heartworm antigen ELISA may be requested concurrently with the Brucella canis IFA with a turnaround time of up to 3 business days. The updated pricing for B. canis IFA is $15.00 for a single sample with a $5.00 pooling fee for up to five samples per pool. Please submit at least 150 µL of serum if requesting both heartworm antigen ELISA and B. canis IFA testing.

Ashley Sawyer, M.S., Virology Researcher