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Laboratory Specimen Collection - Antemortem

  • Testing Performed
    • Fluorescent antibody
    • Culture
  • Specimens to Collect
    • Lesion Specimens - swabs of lesions, such as oral cavity or draining lymph nodes, using culturette, or lymph node aspirate are the preferred samples, if available.
    • Serology - acute and convalescent serum samples of 0.5 ml should be collected at least 14 days apart.
    • Pharyngeal Swabs - for suspicion of plague pneumonia. Use culturettes.
  • It is preferable to collect specimens for culture prior to administering antibiotics, but samples should still be collected if antibiotics have been given.
  • Many more tests are available than are listed here. Basically, any test available for human diagnostics is also available for feline specimens.
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