Article Text

Emerging disease
Brucella canis in a dog in the UK

Statistics from

WE wish to report the isolation of Brucella canis from a case of suspected diskospondylitis in an imported dog.

The animal, a rescue dog adopted in January 2016 following import from Romania, was first presented in April 2016 to a practice in Leicestershire. It displayed intermittent signs of pain when rising from a sitting position. Lesions consistent with diskospondylitis were detected via radiography in September 2016. The signs resolved with antibiotic treatment (amoxycillin/clavulanic acid for 15 weeks) but recurred after treatment stopped with gradual deterioration of overall health. On February 24, 2017, a blood sample for culture was collected and submitted to Lab Services.

After broth enrichment, a pure growth of a Brucella species was obtained and confirmed as B canis at APHA Weybridge. Due to progression of the disease and the poor prognosis, the dog …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.