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Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby Densa44 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:33 am

Is this for real? It is a very nasty disease and no one would want it, is there any evidence that it is in the Vdog population?

I do't think that I have any choice but to insist that all our sires are free of this disease. I'm getting the girl's tested too. I've only heard of this in cattle and bison but I'll admit I'm not an expert.

Just one more thing to worry about I guess.
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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby Coopdvlle » Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:49 am

It has been around in dogs a long time, it can happen in any population of dogs. It is a must have test for all breeding dogs.
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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby Deacon » Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:13 pm

Per the reproductive specialists at Cornell University, in canines, it is not transferable to humans however it does mean the end of the dog's reproductive career.
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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby CohanseyDD » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:17 pm

It is for real...it does end a dog's reproductive life...it is transferrable to other dogs...and it is something that you MUST demand testing on before the dog comes onto your property. You should also provide the same measure of protection for any other dog that comes onto YOUR property by testing your own. I've been told different time tables like once per year, four times per year, etc. I test each of my females just prior to breeding and my male about three times per year.
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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:38 pm

Yes, it's real. I have an aunt who adopted a dog off a reservation and the dog was symptomatic. It's a nasty disease, and dogs that spend time in rural areas are more likely to be exposed. All breeding dogs should be tested.
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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby 3drahthaars » Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:44 pm

Causes a stir in the cattle industry, too. Aborted calves, sterility, etc.

I don't believe that I've been any more sterile than when entering/exiting various dairy farms for a research project several jobs ago.

At any rate it's serious stuff.

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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby Densa44 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:00 am

Thanks very much. Is there a vaccine for this disease? Do Vets have a "card"/"certification" that the dog has been tested and is disease free. Finally how complex and expensive is the test?

Thanks, this is all new.
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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby CohanseyDD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:51 pm

It's a simple blood draw at the vet. It's usually sent out for testing and you get an email from the vet indicating "positive" or "negative".
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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby SMAbby » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:15 am

It is serious enough that if your dog is positive the vet will contact the health department. I have read about kennels in Michigan having to destroy the dogs. Not sure if it was ordered or the kennels choice.
But it seems like the transmission puts everyone at risk. Even just going to a training day.
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Re: Brucellosis in dogs?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:31 am

Densa44 wrote:Thanks very much. Is there a vaccine for this disease? Do Vets have a "card"/"certification" that the dog has been tested and is disease free. Finally how complex and expensive is the test?

Thanks, this is all new.


Once tested, they are only considered disease free that day. Testing should be repeated for each breeding. Exposure can occur anytime.
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