As always, the Ministry of Agriculture encourages the public to adopt a partner for life from among the many dogs awaiting adoption in local kennels and NGOs. However, if you chose to purchase a dog, the Ministry calls on you to perform a blood test (serology) before buying the dog.

The case began when a kennel for purebred dogs from Tiberias imported from Russia 23 dogs of different breeds: Shih Tzu, Toy Poodle, Spitz, Beagle, French Bulldog and Maltese dog. An initial examination focused suspicion on two females of the Shih Tzu breed, one about a year old and the other a 4-month-old puppy, because the paperwork that accompanied them did not match the number of the chips attached to the dogs. Therefore, the two females were transferred to a quarantine station for examined. The tests revealed that the adult female was infected with the brucellosis canis bacterium. Consequently, the Ministry of Agriculture is working to locate the other 21 dogs that have already been sold to adoptive families all over the country.

In dogs, the disease manifests itself in a lack of appetite, depression and muscle pain. The disease can also cause miscarriages in bitches. In very rare cases, the Brucella Canis bacteria can infect humans, causing fever and even complications. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture calls on the public not to buy or adopt dogs without ascertaining their origin and checking their medical condition. In addition, the Veterinary Services recommend that members of the public perform a blood test (serology) for Brucella Canis before buying a dog, to guarantee their health and the health of their families. Such a test can also be performed in the laboratories of the Ministry's Veterinary Institute in its office in Beit Dagan (at a nominal cost of NIS 50).

The Ministry stated that the guidelines for the treatment of dogs positive for Brucella Canis are in accordance with the recommendations of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is required that dogs infected with Brucella Canis undergo spaying / neutering and antibiotic treatment. They can only be delivered to new homes after treatment for the disease, obtaining the informed consent of the adoptive family to receive a dog infected with Brucella Canis, guidance of the adoptive family about Brucella Canis, and continued monitoring of dog's health every 3 months.

As always, the Ministry of Agriculture calls on the general public to adopt a life partner from among the many dogs waiting in public kennels and NGOs.