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We love overseas dogs as much as we love UK dogs. They are absolutely wonderful. Our dog rescue ethos does not know country borders and it’s time to talk about Brucella Canis. One of our Romanian rescue dogs, Buster, who is the dog in this photo here has had his test which was negative.

First of all, for over a year now, since we have become aware of Brucella, all our overseas dogs are tested prior to entering the UK. Most of the dogs, unless too young which is very rare, are neutered/spayed too. Please don’t worry if you adopted one of our overseas dogs as the chance of them testing positive is totally minute to virtually zero. However, we also know that some vets sadly have scared our adopters who found themselves in a state of worry and panic after the word euthanasia got mentioned. So we would like to give you all the information we have available and put things into perspective.

We have our own views on this condition and how it’s currently viewed by a lot of vets, but this post is not about our opinion or to spark a big discussion. There are more appropriate places to do this. It’s merely to let you know about Brucella, inform you about possible additional costs when you are adopting an overseas dog and give you some platforms where you can find some valuable information and support.

Unfortunately a great majority of vets don’t accept an overseas test and are asking for your new dog to be tested within or after 3 months of entering the UK. A test costs in the region of £160-170. Any overseas dogs adopted prior to the tests becoming policy will need to be retested. Unless your vet is Brucella sympathetic they may refuse to treat your dog where contact with body fluids or blood is a necessity. So, for example if your dog needs a dental or other surgery they may not get one until they tested negative for Brucella. It’s something a lot of dog owners have come up against. If you adopted an overseas dog in the past from us or elsewhere, or if you are considering adopting a dog from abroad please check with your vet first.

Sadly a lot of vets are still of the opinion that euthanasia is the only option for a dog who tested positive. They also don’t always mention the strong possibility of false positives either which can happen for example through interaction with the kennel cough vaccine or a simple mistake at the laboratory.

There are some wonderful groups on Facebook which are informative and supportive. We urge you strongly to join them. You will find they have lists of sympathetic vets and also much more information. These groups are also wonderful in the way of support. Truly, we cannot recommend them highly enough 🙏🐾🐕



Brucella Canis Former RVN resigned under protest

Brucella Canis - Discussion Group For Responsible Dog Importers (UK) 

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