Bacterial diskospondylitis in juvenile mink from 2 Ontario mink farms

Jorge Martínez, Beatriz V Vidana Mateo, Robert Cruz-Arambulo, Durda Slavic, Brian Tapscott, Marina L Brash

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Nine juvenile mink with hind-limb paresis/paralysis from 2 Ontario farms were submitted for necropsy. Diagnostic tests revealed spinal compression and severe thoracic diskospondylitis with intralesional Gram-positive coccoid bacterial colonies. Streptococcus canis, Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis, and hemolytic Staphylococcus spp. were isolated from vertebral lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-63
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Veterinary Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


  • Animals
  • Bacterial Infections/epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mink
  • Ontario/epidemiology
  • Spondylitis/epidemiology


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