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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 …