Dog: Blastomycosis

A fungal infection found in dogs, people and occasionally cats which is caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis. This organism is found as a mold in the soil and is endemic in the Ohio, Mississippi and St. Lawrence River valleys, the Great Lakes region and the eastern seaboard, preferring moist and humid environments. Hunting and sporting breeds are at the highest risk for infection because of the increased contact with contaminated soil. Blastomycosis can target different organ systems includes the lungs, skin, nervous system and eyes. Blastomycosis can be challenging to diagnose due to the nonspecific clinical signs of lethargy, loss of appetite, fever and weight loss. Antifungal medications are the treatment of choice. Treatment can be lengthy and expensive. The prognosis is best for dogs without lung disease and is poorest for dogs with nervous system involvement.

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