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Canine Brucellosis is a bacterial infection that causes reproductive failure in dogs. Since it can be spread through breeding, kennels and foster centers are usually a ground zero for the infection. Dogs that aren’t spayed or neutered have a higher risk of contracting canine brucellosis. 

Anasazi Animal Clinic offers in-office ultrasounds to examine the organs in your dog’s abdomen. We perform ultrasounds as secondary imaging to radiographs. These two sources of data give us clearer insight as to what is happening within your dog’s reproductive system. 

Canine Brucellosis Causes and Symptoms

Canine Brucellosis is a disease caused by contact with infected birthing tissues and fluids such as placenta and discharge. If these fluids and tissues get on a surface such as a bed, floor, or clothing item, those items can be considered carriers. The blood and milk of infected dogs can also transmit the infection. 

This bacterial infection causes reproductive issues within dogs, including spontaneous abortions and infertility. If a female dog with the infection gives birth, the puppies may appear healthy, but they will still be infected. 

Besides reproductive issues, signs and symptoms of canine brucellosis include inflamed lymph nodes, eye disease, behavioral issues, spinal infection, lethargy, and weight loss. 

It is important to note that canine brucellosis is incurable. Relapses with this infection are very common. In a breeding situation, the infected pet must be removed from the breeding group for the sake of future puppies. Spaying and neutering your dogs can be considered a form of treatment, and medications are also available.

Schedule a Wellness Exam Today

Anasazi Animal Clinic in Gilbert can provide treatment for canine brucellosis. Our ultrasounds and radiographs will reveal any issues with the reproductive system, and we will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. We will provide blood tests and monitor your dog’s progress carefully throughout treatment. If you have questions about your dog’s reproductive habits, or about spaying or neutering your pet, please contact us to schedule an appointment. 

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