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Mycoplasma canis and urogenital disease in dogs in Norway
  1. T. M. L'Abee-Lund, DrMedVet1,
  2. R. Heiene, DSc2,
  3. N. R. Friis, DrVetSci3,
  4. P. Ahrens, MSc3 and
  5. H. Sørum, DSc1
  1. 1 Department of Pharmacology, Microbiology and Food Hygiene
  2. 2 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, PO Box 8146 Dep, 0033 Oslo, Norway
  3. 3 Danish Veterinary Laboratory, Copenhagen, Denmark


Mycoplasmas identified as Mycoplasma canis were isolated from nine dogs with clinical signs of urogenital disease in Norway over a period of 20 months. Some of the dogs had been treated unsuccessfully with antibiotics, and three were euthanased as a result of severe persistent disease. Seven of the dogs had a urinary tract infection, one had chronic purulent epididymitis and one had chronic prostatitis. Overt haematuria was frequently observed among the dogs with cystitis. M canis was isolated in pure culture from seven of the dogs and in mixed culture from the other two. In three cases the mycoplasma was cultivated only from urinary sediment, and it was typically obtained in smaller numbers than would be considered indicative of a urinary tract infection. In contrast with most mycoplasmas, the M canis isolated from all the dogs grew on ordinary blood agar plates used for routine bacteriological cultivation. Specific mycoplasma media were not used and the presence of other Mycoplasma or Ureaplasma species cannot be excluded.

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