🐕 Whilst rehoming a dog from abroad can be a generous approach to owning a dog, it comes with the potential to import unknown diseases.
In recent years, there has been increasing concern regarding dogs infected with Brucella canis entering the UK. Brucella Canis not only infects dogs but has the potential to infect people. The risk to human health in a home setting is considered minimal, although the risk of exposure may increase during veterinary interventions and surgeries.
🩸 We want to make all clients aware who have homed a dog from abroad which has been in the UK longer than 3 months. They MUST have a blood test for Brucella. The test will enable us to treat your pet safely and effectively. Failure to have your pet tested even if your pet has been in the country for many years may delay surgery or treatment. A negative brucella test before arrival in the UK is not valid.
We will ideally test dogs once they have been in the UK for 3 months, testing sooner than this may result in repeat testing being necessary. In addition, we would require testing dogs that haven historically been imported. UK dogs that have travelled to endemic areas may require testing on a case-by-case basis.
Manor Vets Management. 🐾