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Diarrhea Panel

“Veterinarians are challenged when attempting to diagnose animals with suspected bacterial-associated diarrhea because well-scrutinized practice guidelines that provide objective recommendations for implementing fecal testing are lacking.”

Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2011

  • A report of diagnoses from over 2 million dogs and almost 430,000 cats indicated that “gastroenteritis” and “colitis” both ranked in the top 19 diagnoses.1
  • One study reported 28.6% of dogs visiting vets had diarrhea as their presenting complaint or had experienced diarrhea within the previous month.2
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) parasitism is a common problem in cats, with prevalence rates as high as 45% in some populations.3
  • A study investigating the prevalence of enteric pathogens found that 30% of fecal samples from dogs and diarrhea contained potential pathogens.4
  • The feline retroviruses FeLV and FIV are more commonly associated with chronic diarrhea but may also predispose cats to secondary infections, which could have an acute presentation.5

We get it. Diagnosing GI issues in cats and dogs is complicated.

  • sWhy collect & process multiple fecal samples?
  • sWhy bother with inconclusive results?
  • sWhy waste time and resources?

      The VetraTest ™ : No more confusion. No more false results. No more hassle.


      “The advent of real‐time PCR panels for dogs and cats with diarrhea has provided a new paradigm for the rapid and sensitive detection of toxin genes or organisms associated with disease.” 6

      The VetraTest ™ offers quantitive PCR testing for diarrhea in cats and dogs. The VetraTest ™ is designed to rapidly detect three distinct categories of bacteria (microaerophilic, aerobic & anaerobic), as well as viruses and parasites.


      PCR technology detects bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses with 100% accuracy and specificity.


      48-hour results from when it hits the lab


      FREE specimen collection kits + shipping. Minimal specimen needed for processing.

      The Diarrhea VetraTest Panel ™

      The patented VetraTest ™ targets the most common pathogens that cause diarrhea in cats and dogs. Our team of researchers, scientists, and vets work together to target the responsible microbes (so you can target them, too). Then we generate a comprehensive panel to detect the culprit behind the infection.

      The VetraTest ™ detects and reports only our targeted panel. No confusing common or healthy flora show in the data.

      Recommended Amount

      5-10 g (with a typical stool collection cup)


      The VetraTest ™ Diarrhea Panel detects many of the common culprits:

      • Bacteria, including Campylobacter, Salmonella, and multiple strains of Clostridium
      • Parasites, like Giardia, Crystosporidium, Toxoplasma (in cats) and more
      • Viruses, which differ for canine & feline screenings

      ABR report indicates:

      • Most common medications prescribed for GI infections

      • Which medication will work

      • Which medication will not work


      Diarrhea Panel Pathogens

      canine test

      Canine Screening


      Campylobacter spp. (c. coli/ c. jejuni)


      Canine circovirus; Canine distemper virus (CDV); Clostridium perfringens alpha toxin (CPA); Canine parvovirus 2 (CPV-2); Clostridium difficile toxin A gene; Clostridium difficile toxin B gene

      Facultative Anaerobic

      Salmonella spp.


      Clostridium difficile, Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium perfingens enterotoxin (CPE)


      Crystosporidium spp., Giardia spp. (lamblia)

      feline screenings

      Feline Screening


      Campylobacter spp. (c. coli/ c. jejuni)


      Feline coronavirus (FeCoV), Feline panleukopenia virus


      Salmonella spp.; Clostridium difficile toxin A gene; Clostridium difficile toxin B gene; Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin (CPE)


      Clostridium perfringens; Clostridium perfringens alpha toxin (CPA)


      Giardia spp. (lamblia); Crystosporidium spp.; Toxoplasma gondii; Tritrichomonas blagburni (formerly foetus)

      “The advent of real‐time PCR panels for dogs and cats with diarrhea has provided a new paradigm for the rapid and sensitive detection of toxin genes or organisms associated with disease.”

      –  Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2011

      What is PCR?

      We use the Polymerase Chain Reaction technique to extract DNA from a sample. By heating and cooling it, we amplify the DNA to show the number of copies of the pathogens we’re targeting.  

      PCR testing has been used in forensics, ancestry, cancer and illness, infectious disease in humans (like Covid-19) and now … pets!  

      PCR only tests for the targets on the panels, which are specifically developed to detect common causes of infections.  PCR does not review the entire genome and will not display healthy flora. PCR is rapid and accurate. And now Vetranomix’s innovative VetraTest™ offer quantitative PCR, showing how much of a pathogen is present.


      How can I learn more about these innovations in pet diagnostics?

      Schedule a Lunch & Learn for your clinic. We love educating clinics about these advancements in veterinary medicine. Contact us at

      How do I order the Diarrhea Collection Kit?

      All collection kits and supplies can be ordered at our website, anytime. We supply them for free; simply complete this form or email

      Have questions about the process, the results, or the test?
      Contact us! For general inquiries, call 877.375.VxDx or email

      To discuss findings, email

      To speak with our pharmacist, email

      See our other PCR Panels:



      UTI Screening Panel



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      To order tests & supplies

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      1010 Lamar Street | Ste. 1610

      Houston, TX 77002


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      1. [Banfield Pet Hospital. State of Pet Health Report, 2012]
      2. [Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2010]
      3.[Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine]
      4.[Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 2003]
      5.[In Practice, 2011]
      6.[Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 2011]