Rhodococcus equi Infections in Dogs. Academic Article uri icon


  • Five cases of Rhodococcus equi infection in dogs were identified from 2003 to 2014. Three of the dogs had severe, internal lesions attributable to R. equi that have not been previously described: endophthalmitis, endocarditis, and suppurative pleuropneumonia. Isolates from 4 of the dogs were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction for Rhodococcus virulence-associated plasmid (vap) genes. One isolate was vapA-positive, 2 lacked a virulence plasmid, and 1 carried the novel vapN-associated plasmid (pVAPN) recently characterized in bovine isolates. The pVAPN plasmid has not been described in isolates cultured from companion animals. Four of the dogs either were receiving immunosuppressive drugs or had endocrinopathies. R. equi has the potential to cause significant infections in dogs, and immunocompromised animals should be considered at risk for infection.

published proceedings

  • Vet Pathol

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Bryan, L. K., Clark, S. D., Daz-Delgado, J., Lawhon, S. D., & Edwards, J. F.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Bryan, LK||Clark, SD||Díaz-Delgado, J||Lawhon, SD||Edwards, JF

publication date

  • January 2017