Comparison of PCR and conventional blood culture to analyze blood from dogs with suspected sepsis. Academic Article uri icon


  • Sepsis carries a poor prognosis in critically ill dogs. PCR-based diagnostics could be more sensitive for detecting bacteremia than conventional blood culture, allowing earlier initiation of appropriate therapy. Molecular techniques have been considered as ancillary tools for detecting bacteremia and identifying pathogens in humans and in dogs with bacterial endocarditis. This study compared PCR analysis and blood culture for detecting bacteremia in six dogs with suspected sepsis and six healthy control dogs. One blood culture from a dog with suspected sepsis was positive but none from the healthy controls. PCR was negative for extracts from all dogs. This pilot study does not support the hypothesis that culture-independent PCR-based techniques used directly on small samples of blood are useful for diagnosing bacteremia in dogs with suspected sepsis.

published proceedings

  • Vet J

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Heilmann, R. M., Xenoulis, P. G., Barr, J. W., Dowd, S. E., Lawhon, S. D., Suchodolski, J. S., & Steiner, J. M.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Heilmann, Romy M||Xenoulis, Panagiotis G||Barr, James W||Dowd, Scot E||Lawhon, Sara D||Suchodolski, Jan S||Steiner, Jörg M

publication date

  • December 2013