Giardia ELISA

Giardia ELISA

Species: Feline, canine

Specimen: Faeces

Container: Sterile pottle

Collection protocol: Collect faecal sample either per rectum or once passed

Special handling/shipping requirements: Standard

General information about the disease:

The ELISA detects the generic GA 65 antigen released by the Giardia trophozoite when it encysts, rather than relying on the presence of the trophozoite or cyst.

General information about when this test is indicated:

In animals with non-responsive chronic diarrhoea

Comparison with other related tests: A dual test involving cryptosporidia as well.  More sensitive than flotation techniques.