Blastomycosis In Dogs

The fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis is the source of the fungal infection known as blastomycosis. Although it can be found elsewhere, the mid-Atlantic and southeast of the United States are where it is most frequently seen. By breathing in the fungus spores that are present in the soil, dogs grow ill. Additionally, an open wound can allow the spores to enter the body.

The most common symptoms of blastomycosis in dogs are: – Coughing – Difficulty breathing – Fever – Lethargy – Weight loss – Loss of appetite – Drainage from skin lesions – Eye problems, such as blindness – Lameness

It's crucial to get your dog to the veterinarian as soon as you suspect blastomycosis. To confirm the diagnosis, the veterinarian will conduct a physical examination and may prescribe blood tests, X-rays, or a biopsy. Antifungal drugs can be used to treat blastomycosis. The course of treatment typically includes many months. With proper care, the majority of dogs with blastomycosis recover completely.

Here are some tips to help prevent blastomycosis in dogs: – Avoid taking your dog to areas where the fungus is found, such as wooded areas or areas near water. – Keep your dog's nails trimmed short to help prevent them from tracking in spores. – If your dog does get dirty, wash them off thoroughly with soap and water. – If you think your dog may have been exposed to the fungus, take them to the vet right away.

With early diagnosis and treatment, most dogs with blastomycosis make a full recovery. However, if the infection is left untreated, it can be fatal.