Diagnostic laboratories

The following laboratories have been recommended by T. A. Beckett, DVM, for different types of analysis as indicated:

For comprehensive TBD serology (e.g., ''Tickborne panel'' consisting of 4 IFA tests for antibodies to Ehrlichia canis, Babesia canis, Lyme disease agent and the Rickettsia of RMSF. They can also 'add on' IFA tests for other Ehrlichia/Anaplasma species and for Babesia gibsoni when requested.). Request forms are available at their Web site.

Protatek Reference Laboratory
540 W. Iron Ave., Suite 106
Mesa, AZ 85210
Telephone: 480.545.8499
Fax: 480.545.8409
Cynthia J. Holland, Ph.D., Director

<http://www.protatek.com/reflab.html> and prl@protatek.com

For tests for Lyme disease that target antibodies to the c6 antigen of the Lyme spirochete

IDEXX Laboratories
(multiple locations)
www.idexx.com/c6 or call 1.888.433.9987
IDEXX sells to veterinarians the SNAP 3Dx in-clinic test kits, which comprise nonquantitative tests for heartworm antigen,
Ehrlichia canis antibody, and Lyme c6 antibody. The SNAP 4Dx kit adds a test for Anaplasma phagocytophilum antibody.
In addition, IDEXX offers at their network of Reference Laboratory facilities the 'Quantitative Lyme c6 assay' which is capable of quantifying the level of c6 antibody in the blood.

For PCR tests for Neorickettsia risticii (formerly called Ehrlichia risticii)

The group headed by Dr. Ibulaimu Kakoma, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Illinois, 2001 Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802

Alas, Dr. Kakoma passed away in November 2009.

For PCR tests for all other TBD agents

The group headed by Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

For all testing and advice related to Bartonella species and bartonellosis in dogs

The group headed by Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt at the CVM at NC State.