The specimens used to develop the test were obtained from specimens submitted to Idexx Reference Laboratories for polymerase chain reaction testing. Details about the Idexx SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RealPCR Test can be found on the Idexx website. These new test results support expert recommendations against testing pets for the COVID-19 virus. Pet owners whose dog or cat is demonstrating respiratory clinical signs are advised to contact their veterinarian to test for more common respiratory pathogens.
“Should leading health authorities determine it is clinically relevant to test pets for the COVID-19 virus, Idexx will be ready to make [its test] available,” says Jay Mazelsky, president and CEO of Idexx Laboratories, in the release. “Pets are important members of our family, and we want to keep them healthy and safe. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and pet health across our global Idexx Reference Laboratories network as this situation evolves.” ( dvm360)