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Brucella Canis

Referring a dog to South Devon Referrals

In the last two years, there have been increasing numbers of dogs identified in the UK with Brucella canis infection. Such dogs have usually been imported or have travelled to countries where Brucella canis is endemic. Due to the zoonotic risk associated with this infectious agent, we are increasing the precautionary measures that we take for the health and safety of owners, their pets, and our staff.

  • Recommendation for referral of dogs with a travel history

Recommendation for referral of dogs with a travel history

We strongly recommend that any dog that has been imported to the United Kingdom or has a travel history to countries where Brucella canis is endemic is tested prior to referral to SDR. This is particularly important for any dog that has clinical signs that could be associated with Brucella canis infection.

Clinical signs commonly reported include:

  • Infertility (male and female)
  • Abortion, ill-thrift puppies, peri-natal mortality
  • Enlarged or shrunken testes/epididymis
  • Lameness
  • Spinal pain/discospondylitis
  • Unexplained uveitis
  • Fever
  • Lymphadenomegaly
  • Lethargy

We will be asking you to indicate on our referral form your knowledge about whether the dog has been imported, whether you are aware of a travel history for the dog, whether the dog has been tested for Brucella canis and the Brucella canis status where known. 

Where concern is raised, we may require you to test the dog before we can accept the referral.

For dogs with a travel or importation history, we reserve the right to require testing at initial consultation where this has not already been performed. In this scenario, hospitalisation and investigation may be delayed. For those dogs, that have potential recent exposure and test negative, further testing after 3 months may be required.

For the most up to date information regarding Brucellosis please visit My Family Vets.

If you would like to discuss a specific case in relation to Brucella canis testing or infection please contact us directly through our reception team.