Fungal Disease (Blastomycosis) In Dogs

dog healthBlastomycosis

Blastomycosis is a fungal disease that is caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis spongiform. It happens mainly in humans and dogs. Earth damp with macrobiotic substance is a perfect decaying place for this fungus. Many of these cases have actually been documented in the region of the Mississippi River system and the Great Lakes.

It is more susceptible to the following breeds of dogs:

  • Retrievers
  • Beagles
  • Hunting dogs are above all vulnerable to becoming contaminated, due to there outdoor activities.

The fungus lives in the soil close to waterways. This organism can be breathed in which infects they lungs. It can also through open cuts.

Symptoms can include:

  • weight loss
  • loss of muscle tone
  • chronic cough
  • shortness of breath
  • skin lesions

Other issues can include:

-eye problems- redness, pain, swelling, extreme tearing, clouding of the corneas, and, in a number of cases even blindness.

There is little possibility for recovery without medication. If the treatment does occur in the earlier stages, the symptoms and damage can be minimized.

Some dogs will have an autoimmune response to the disease; sadly these dogs have a dramatically reduced chance of living. Blastomycosis can remain even after treatments and stay inactive. The chance of it reappearing is quite small.

Generally humans cannot be infected from there dog, even though it is both a human and dog disease. There is currently no vaccine to guard your dog from blastomycosis. The only know protection is staying away from hotspot areas.

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