DATCP Quarantines Animal Shelters and Adopted Dogs due to Canine Brucellosis

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that two dogs in Wisconsin have tested positive for canine brucellosis. Due to exposure to the source of the infection, several animal shelters and private homes that adopted the exposed dogs have been placed under quarantine.

Background

A national rescue organization imported a group of dogs from South Korea to Canada. Some of these dogs were then imported to Wisconsin with proper documentation. After the dogs were in Wisconsin, it was discovered that one of the dogs that had died in Canada tested positive for canine brucellosis. DATCP contacted the rescue organization who provided the names of the shelters where the dogs had been sent. DATCP learned that the majority of the dogs had been adopted, and notified adopters and shelters that still had the dogs that testing for canine brucellosis was needed. As a result of those tests, two were confirmed positive.

Current Situation

Quarantines are in place for locations that had exposed dogs and will be removed when test results are confirmed negative. The dogs must be tested at least two more times with 30-45 days between tests.

For the two dogs confirmed positive, one dog was euthanized and the other is under a life-long quarantine. Under this type of quarantine, an owner can only move the dog for veterinary care after informing the district state veterinarian.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine is organizing a separate quarantine facility for exposed dogs so that shelters can remove animals, clean and disinfect their facility, and return to operations. All shelters that removed animals will remain under quarantine until cleaning and disinfection are complete.

Next Steps

Veterinarians
Veterinarians are the first line of defense for diagnosing, treating, and preventing this disease from spreading. If a client presents a dog exposed to canine brucellosis, it is important to ensure you are using basic biosecurity practices. More information about standard precautions are available from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians at http://www.nasphv.org/documentsCompendiaVet.html.

Please continue to be aware of exposure to any diseases for animals you are treating and follow proper precautions and biosecurity. Learn more about the disease at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/CanineBrucellosis.aspx.

Shelters
Animal shelters should follow proper biosecurity by isolating new animals in their facility for 30 days. While there is no vaccine to prevent canine brucellosis, shelters should only receive dogs that are known to be brucellosis-free. Newly acquired dogs should be tested, quarantined for 30 days, and re-tested before being introduced to the kennel.

Adopters
Dogs testing negative will be released from quarantine. However, should the dog develop signs of illness later, adopters should make their veterinarian aware of the previous exposure to canine brucellosis. Based on the dog’s health and immune system, it could take months or years before the disease develops. A veterinarian will decide what symptoms may require further testing.

Public Health Impact

There is the potential for canine brucellosis to be transmitted to humans. More information is available from the Department of Health Services at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/brucellosis.htm.

Contact

If you have questions, contact:

Division of Animal Health
(608) 224-4889

2019 Membership Renewal

Thank you to everyone who has either mailed in their MWCR membership renewal or renewed online at www.mwcr.org.

Membership renewals received by December 31 will enable you to vote in the 2019 officer elections.  Renewals received after December 31 will be accepted, but you will not be able to vote in the elections.

Thank you for renewing your membership and helping our collies!

– Terry

Agility Run For Fun class

On Saturday Jan. 5th we will be offering a Level 1 Agility Run for Fun class. This is a class for those who just want to do agility for fun and have no interest in competing.

Students can then move into the ongoing Saturday classes. The classes play games and run courses. The contacts stay low. The teeter is never used. Only six weaves and jumps are low.

The class will meet for four weeks on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., starting Jan. 5th. Cost is $100 for first session. Subsequent sessions are $80.

Please email Judith Roggow with questions (516jude@gmail.com). To register go to www.agilecanines.com events section.

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Good morning!

We have filled our current fostering needs!  This has been a busy year for the rescue and we are so grateful to the foster homes that were able to respond to our urgent request for foster homes, as well as all those already fostering right now. I know that many of us are frustrated that we cannot foster for various reasons but your support of our mission in other ways is always appreciated!  
We would encourage you to promote our foster program with people you know have the skills needed to foster.   
Gratefully,
Mary Scopp
Foster Home Coordinator

Dangers of Xylitol

Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that is found in a variety of products, including gum and light or diet peanut butter.  However, it is toxic in dogs so please do not use diet peanut butter to hide medications or to fill Kong toys.
Here are a few articles on the dangers of xylitol.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is widely used as a sugar substitute. Chemically, it is a sugar alcohol, and found naturally in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms, lettuce, trees, and some other fruits.
A common substance that’s harmless to most humans but potentially life-threatening if consumed by dogs is xylitol. And as the use of xylitol in foods becomes more common, xylitol poisoning in dogs is becoming more common.
https://www.merckvetmanual.com/toxicology/food-hazards/xylitol

Learn about the veterinary topic of Xylitol. Find specific details on this topic and related topics from the Merck Vet Manual.

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President’s Corner

 

By Terry Libro, MWCR President

Auctions to help collies

AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES!, an online auction on Facebook run by Cathy Pupo, raised $1000 last month for the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  Cathy’s auctions have raised thousands of dollars to help collie rescues across the United States.  Thank you to Cathy for selecting MWCR to be a recipient of the auction, thank you to everyone who donated items, and thank you to everyone who bid on the items. Your generosity helped many collies.

MWCR’s Online Auction May 23 to May 27

Linda Riegger is again organizing an online auction with Helping Paws to benefit MWCR.  Linda and her team ran a successful auction last spring and wanted to do another online auction this spring.  Barb and Dave Gibson are busy photographing the items which will be auctioned and Linda is busy doing the behind-the-scenes work.  Items in this year’s auction include a beautiful, custom-made wood collie Welcome sign made by MWCR member Arnie Hilk, vintage collie books, a collectible Mosser glass collie figurine, MWCR clothing, gift cards, and more.  If you have items you’d like to donate to the online auction, please contact Linda at phroetz@aol.com.  Watch for more details on the auction process as we get closer to the date.  Here is the online auction link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1952399724833150/

 

Pause 4 Paws Adoption Event

Chris Norman, Rodgers the collie, and I had a blast at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption event held on April 21.  Handsome Rodgers was quite the charmer.  In addition to promoting the adoption of rescue animals, the Pause 4 Paws organizers held a raffle and a bake sale to raise funds for their beneficiary rescues.  A special thank you to the students at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. who made fleece blankets, tug toys, and a cat toy for each rescue. See pictures from this event on the April Photo Wall.

Upcoming events

The Minnesota Collie Rescue will have a table at the Paws on Parade event organized by the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson, Minn., Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you’d like to volunteer for a few hours at this or other events, please let our Volunteer Coordinator, Cat Olund, know of your interest.  Cat’s email is cat_chisago@frontiernet.net.

MWCR also will be holding its annual Collie Flower event on Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Catholic Eldercare located at 817 NE Main Street in Minneapolis.  This event, organized by Judy Roggow, is an opportunity for collies and shelties to visit with the residents at Catholic Eldercare.  Calm dogs on leashes are welcome and do not need to be certified therapy dogs.  The residents and staff always enjoy visiting with the collies and shelties.

Food Drives Are For Pets Too

Food drives aren’t only for people, they’re for pets as well.  Food shelves distribute pet food so that family pets don’t go hungry.  So, the next time your employer or church or other organization has a food drive, please consider donating pet food.  The National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive is on Saturday, May 12.  Nonperishable items, including unopened dry and canned pet food, can be left at your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up.  Some events, such as the Dog Days Westonka, collect dog and cat food for the local food shelf and MWCR always donates dog food at these events.  So, please include dog and cat food as part of your next food donation and make a family pet happy.  If you’d like to drop off pet food at MWCR’s table at community events, your donation will be donated to a local food shelf.

Traveling from Puerto Vallarta?

Are you planning to travel by air from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Minneapolis?  Would you like to help a rescue cat or small dog find a new home?  If so, then Jill Goldstein from Pause 4 Paws would love to hear from you.  Pause 4 Paws, which raises money for its beneficiary rescues, including MWCR, has partnered with a rescue in Puerto Vallarta to help with the abundance of neglected and homeless animals in Mexico.  Pause 4 Paws has arrangements with Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, and Virgin America to transport cats and small dogs in the cabins of their planes.  Sun Country, which many people fly to Minneapolis, does not allow pets in the cabin.   If you, or anyone you know, would be willing to transport a homeless animal from Puerto Vallarta to Minneapolis, please contact Jill at jill@pause4pawsmn.org or 612-810-2893 who will make the arrangements.  Pause 4 Paws will pay for the cost of transporting the animal which will be delivered to you in Puerto Vallarta.  A representative of either Pause 4 Paws or Angel of Hope Animal Rescue will meet your flight in Minneapolis and take the animal to its foster home.  Their Airline Angel program operates all year, not just the winter months.  Please contact Jill if you can help these animals.