Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Brucellosis confirmed in Iowa


The Iowa State Veterinarian has confirmed cases of Canine Brucellosis. This is a zoonotic disease which means it can be transferred from an animal to a human.

Where did it originate?

A small breeding facility called Double G Kennels, in Marion County

If you have recently adopted a dog from Double G Kennels, contact your veterinarian today!

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is notifying anyone who has had custody of any dog that was exposed.

The facility and all dogs are currently being quarantined while they undergo testing.

What is Brucellosis?

It is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted to people. Brucellosis mainly affects male and female reproductive organs and is typically transmitted through fluids of the infected animal.

What are the symptoms?

  • Lethargy
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • vaginal discharge
  • Swollen testicles

How is Brucellosis diagnosed?

While it can be difficult your veterinarian will need to perform multiple tests.

  • Spinal x-rays
  • Cytology and cultures
  • complete blood work
  • PCR test for Brucellosis

How is it treated?

  • Once your dog has been diagnosed it is recommended to spay or neuter them. This is to prevent the transmission to other dogs.
  • Antibiotics will also be prescribed
  • Your veterinarian may recommend follow up testing to make sure the treatment was successful.

How can you prevent Brucellosis?

Spaying and neutering your pet is the best prevention. Remember this infection is zoonotic.


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