Giardia Test Kit for Dogs and Cats

£30.00 per test

This kit includes free outward postage and free 24 hour Tracked return postage back to the lab.

A test for the detection of Giardia lamblia antigens in dogs and cats only. The test ranks very highly for sensitivity and specificity with 97.2% and 99.9% respectively.  This giardia test is undertaken by specialist and experienced analysts using immunochromatographic methods in our state of the art, purpose built laboratory.  Such an environment means that the tests are performed under optimal conditions with strict adherence to quality control standards so ensures the accuracy and reliability of the results.

Critical timescales

  •  It is important not to run this test within three weeks of completing treatment. Should a screening be desired/necessary prior to the three-week post-treatment window, we recommend our Giardia qPCR test is used instead. The PCR alternative can be conducted either as an initial screen or at any point from 48 hours following treatment.
  • Upon arrival of the sample into the lab, there is a same working day turnaround on this test.  Samples received at the weekend will be processed on Monday. Results will be issued via email as soon as they are signed off by the duty lab manager.
  • This test has a use by date of at least 8 weeks from point of order and it must be returned to the lab on or any time before the use by date.
  • Order before 3pm Monday-Friday for free same day dispatch, which we send on a 24 hour service.  If your screen is urgent and you would prefer to send a sample directly to the lab, please contact us and we will provide a prepaid postage label and a Unique Lab Reference number via email and will help you with what to do.

Please note this screen is only available for dogs and cats.  

Further information

Giardia is a gut dwelling protozoan animal which is commonly picked up from drinking contaminated water.  It is highly contagious between pets and can also be passed onto humans.   Very often a Giardia burden is asymptotic within dogs and cats, but it can still be spread to other animals and potentially humans at this point.  If symptoms are present within your dog or cat, they may include intermittent vomiting and/or diarrhoea as well as lethargy and weight loss.

This screen is for a dog or cat only. The testing procedure adopted within our lab identifies antigens rather than cysts as this is a far more accurate measure than looking for cysts which have a very short, fragile lifecycle. Statistically, no test can ever be claimed to be 100% accurate however, based on research undertaken by an external board, compared to other brands of antigen tests, blood tests and microscopy methods, the test adopted by is very accurate (for specificity and sensitivity); which is why we have chosen to adopt this method as our standard practice.

There is a ‘use by date’ on each kit which MUST be adhered to.  The use by date will always be a minimum of 4 weeks from date of order.  Unfortunately, no refunds can be given for late submission or unused tests however please contact the office to discuss options if this occurs.

If undertaking a retest post treatment, we recommend waiting at least 3 weeks before retesting following completion of the course of treatment.  Please consider the timescales and use-by dates when ordering a kit.

This kit includes:

  • One recyclable padded envelope, made with 60% recycled material
  • Free tracked return 24hr postage
  • One blue paper laboratory request form and test and instruction sheet with use by date
  • One recyclable sample collection box in resealable write-on panelled bags
  • One biodegradable second sealable bag
  • One biodegradable natural wood sampling spoon

How does it work?

1. Choose and
order your kit

Select the screens you would like to run for your animal and we will post you a collection kit

2. Send us a
sample for testing

Collect your animals faecal sample and post it to us for testing in our laboratory

3. Receive your
results via email

Free Registered Animal Medicines Advisor (RAMA) aftercare is available where required.

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Dedicated Team

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giardia test for dogs and cats
Giardia Test Kit for Dogs and Cats