Dlab Updates

For Veterinarians and Pet Owners Concerned about Trifexis

The UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Athens conducted a necropsy on a single puppy that was reported to have ingested Trifexis. Based on this single case, we do not have any information regarding the toxicity, or lack thereof, of this drug. Pet owners or veterinarians who want to report an adverse reaction to an approved drug should report the problem directly to the drug’s manufacturer, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Elanco, which manufactures Trifexis, has created a phone hotline for consumers: 888-545-5973. Click here to read a statement released by Elanco on Nov. 11, 2013.

Veterinarians with questions may contact Elanco Chief Veterinarian Dr. Steve Connell at 317-433-5488 or connell_stephen_a@elanco.com

-- Posted Nov. 13, 2013

UGA labs conduct testing for FDA’s pet food surveillance program

(Athens, Ga.) — The University of Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, located in Athens and Tifton, are collaborating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network to evaluate diagnostic samples from companion animals in suspect cases of exposure to contaminated foods or drugs, to help protect human and animal health.

On May 16, 2014, the FDA released an update to its ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths associated with jerky pet treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. Since 2007, the FDA has investigated over 4,800 reports of pet illnesses related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats. As of May 1, 2014, more than 5,600 dog cases, 24 cat cases, 3 human cases, and more than 1,000 canine deaths have been reported. So far, no specific cause has been determined for these illnesses. For more information click here.


The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine is partnering with other government agencies, such as the CDC, and member laboratories of the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), such as the Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, to investigate jerky pet treat illnesses nationwide. In this regard, we will conduct FDA-approved and FDA-paid testing on jerky pet treats, animal specimens, or entire pet carcasses as part of the investigation. If you suspect your pet has become ill as a result of eating jerky pet treats, report the case through the FDA Safety Reporting Portal (or call the FDA at You must obtain FDA pre-approval prior to submitting suspect jerky pet treats, sick animal samples, or dead animals to us through your veterinarian.

What to look for in your pet

Pets that have consumed potentially contaminated jerky treats may exhibit the following symptoms within hours to several days following consumption: decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and increased urination.

Information to be provided to the FDA and/or to your veterinarian should include
  • The signs exhibited by your pet after eating the treats
  • Lot number(s) of the specific suspect jerky treat(s).
  • How long you have been feeding the treat.
  • When is the last time and in what form (entire piece or broken) you fed the treat to your dog?
  • What else the pet has been eating (all treats, human food, and pet food), including how much is given daily of all items.
Samples and testing that can be conducted by the UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories AFTER FDA approval
  • Feces: for Salmonella testing.
  • Urine: for conducting routine urine analysis and to freeze one sub-sample (to be used in case of follow-up).
  • Blood: for routine blood work for liver and kidney injury.
  • Sample of the jerky treat consumed by the patient (both opened and unopened samples, if possible).
  • Entire carcass for autopsy if the patient dies.
Veterinarians or pet owners with questions may call our labs
  • The Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: 706.542.5568
  • The Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory: 229.386.3340

Centaur Coggins ELISA Kit Recall

Centaur Inc has issued a STOP SALE of its Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins) FP ELISA II kit due to false negative results on horse sera of some EIA strong positive reactor status. The manufacturer is recommending that another USDA approved test be used to confirm negative results. The Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Lab would like to assure its equine clients that any Coggins ELISA results reported are valid and accurate. It is standard procedure in our lab to run any sample submitted for Coggins ELISA on the Coggins AGID test for confirmation of results. All ELISA samples run on Centaur FP ELISA II were confirmed negative through AGID testing and no further testing is required.

Want discounted UPS shipping?

The UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in Athens and Tifton have worked with UPS to come up with a discounted shipping solution for you:

  • Call our lab to request labels (Athens: 706.542.5568; Tifton: 229.386.3340).
  • You will receive a supply of pre-printed Ground and/or Next Day Air shipping labels and address pouches.
  • Package your samples and place the shipping label in an address pouch; adhere the address pouch to your package.
  • You may take your package to a UPS drop-off location, or, hand it to the driver if the driver is already scheduled for a pickup at your location.
  • If you have additional questions, call one of our labs for help.

In 2012, EEE diagnosed in 8 Georgia counties; WNV in equines diagnosed in 4 counties

The Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory (TVDIL) has diagnosed 8 cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and 4 cases of West Nile Virus in horses, since summer began. EEE and WNV are mosquito-borne viral disease prevalent in the eastern United States; both cause serious disease in horses, humans and birds. These diseases are the most serious mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S. Clinical signs in horses include fever, anorexia, depression, hyperexcitability, blindness, ataxia, recumbency, convulsions, and death. For diagnosis, TVDIL tests serum samples from live animals for IgM; from deceased animals, a PCR, histopathology, or virus isolation on brain is recommended. Mosquito control and vaccination of horses is highly recommended to prevent these fatal diseases. EEE has been detected in the following Georgia counties: Brantley, Lanier, Pierce, Thomas, Jefferson, Wayne, Irwin, Johnson. WNV in horses has been detected in the following Georgia counties: Seminole, Tift, Appling, Lowndes.

AVDL and TVDIL were featured in the 2011 VMES Report

The Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories were featured in the 2011 Veterinary Medical Experiment Station (VMES) Annual Report. Click here to read the article.

Test results available by e-mail and online

Test results are available by e-mail and online. Call Athens (706.542-5568) or Tifton (229.386.3340) to set up your Portal account. You can also enroll online here.

Securely see or pay your invoice online

Securely see or pay your invoice online. Call Athens (706.542-5568) or Tifton (229.386.3340) to set up your Portal account. You can also enroll online here.