Make it routine

Testing

Current diagnostic tests make infection identification easier and the results are immediate. In many areas of Canada and the USA, tests should become a routine part of a clinic's canine Lyme disease protocol.

idexx snap 4dx

Testing is easy and fast

ELISA tests such as the IDEXX SNAP® 4Dx® test detect the presence of C6 antibodies to a unique antigen on the Borrelia burgdorferi organism.

  • Antigen is expressed only during active infection
  • Not cross-reactive to antibodies from commercial Lyme vaccines
  • Helpful for dogs who have been previously vaccinated
  • Helpful for dogs whose vaccination status is unknown
  • Positive response indicates a dog is or has been infected with Borrelia burgdorferi

Highly specific and convenient, ELISA tests can be done in the exam room and takes just eight to 10 minutes for results. Because these tests can be combined to also check for heartworm disease, it is usually done at the annual wellness exam.

For more information on the IDEXX SNAP® 4Dx® test, go to www.idexx.com.

Testing is a tool for identifying Lyme disease

Clinic staff should consider testing dogs presenting with non-specific clinical signs to rule out Lyme disease.

Lyme disease
has been
found in all 10
Canadian
provinces
The threat of Lyme disease is probably greater in dogs than in humans
Dogs will often show no signs of Lyme disease
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