Dog Diseases

Two dogs in Essex County, Ontario, have H3N2 canine influenza, according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, and two others are showing symptoms though the infection has not been confirmed in those canines.
Officials said the dogs were imported from South Korea, through the U.S. and were showing signs of respiratory disease the day after they arrived when they were examined by a veterinarian.

Our number one priority is the safety and comfort of your cherished family member as well as the puppies we raise. Unfortunately do to the increase of diseases from dogs being imported to Canada from other countries, we are now requiring the imported dogs to be tested forĀ brucellosis before coming to our facility.

Brucellosis is a contagious disease caused by the small bacterial organism Brucella canis. This bacterium primarily affects the reproductive organs of male and female dogs. Brucellosis can cause infertility and late miscarriages in female dogs. In male dogs, it can cause testicular or scrotal inflammation and infertility. This nasty disease can also cause puppies to be stillborn or very weak at birth.

If your dog has brucellosis, he or she will probably exhibit some of the following signs:

  • Lethargy
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Difficulty walking
  • Back pain
  • Weak, sickly newborn puppies
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Swollen testicles
  • Inflammation of the skin around the scrotum

Brucellosis can be a difficult disease to diagnose. Your veterinarian may recommend several tests to confirm the diagnosis.

They may include:

  • Spinal x-rays to see if changes in the spine are consistent with brucellosis
  • A cytology and culture to determine if a bacterial infection is present
  • A complete blood count to rule out any blood abnormalities, such as anemia
  • Chemistry tests to evaluate kidney, liver, and pancreatic function, as well as sugar levels
  • Special antibody and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for brucellosis