COVID-19 Testing for Dogs

COVID-19 Testing for Dogs

Testing the dog: Oregon State University is testing domestic animals for FREE.  

To obtain testing approval, the following criteria must be met:

1.Test approval requires that the animal be from a home with a human case of COVID-19 and the animal must present with respiratory or gastrointestinal signs.

2.  Must have Idaho Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Leslie Tengelsen’s, approval first. Contact Dr. Tengelsen, Leslie.Tengelsen@dhw.idaho.gov.

3. Once the decision is made to test, the veterinarian should collect samples with proper PPE (eye protection, mask, gown, and gloves in a closed room).

Proper samples:

  • Use only Dacron or polyester swabs to collect a deep oral or nasal sample.
  • Place swabs in a sterile tube with ¼ cc of saline (no gel or anticoagulant).
  • Close the tube and refrigerate. Ship overnight on ice packs (M-Th only). Do not ship on Friday.
  • A fecal sample may be included if available. Must be placed in a sealed leak proof container.
  • Complete the OSU OVDL general submission form:ATTACHED

Requests should contain the following information:

  • Animal owner’s name, address, email address, and phone number
  • Animal’s name, species, age, sex
  • Animal’s location if different from the owner’s address
  • Veterinarian’s reason for testing the animal(s)
  • Findings of physical, radiographic, or sonographic examinations and complete patient history

 



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