Foley Laboratory in Infectious Disease Ecology


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do cats get leptospirosis?

   A: There is evidence that cats get exposed to leptospires and develop an antibody response, but disease is less common in cats than in dogs.

Q: I can only afford one diagnostic test- which should I do?

   A: The answer depends on the animal’s clinical signs, stage of infection, and if there has been a history of antibiotic treatment. Please contact us and we will help.

Q: I am an animal owner. Can you test my animal without the help of a veterinarian?

   A: It is essential that you request that these diagnostics be performed by your veterinarian since early treatment is critical in the survival of your animal and treatment can only be administered by a veterinarian.

Q: What animals do you test at your facility?

   A:  We are willing to test any animal species except livestock, which should be tested at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, and people. More information can be found here: