Fungal Infections in Dogs: Watch Out for your Pekingese


Fungal Infections in Dogs: Watch Out for your Pekingese

Before we go in depth about fungal infections in dogs, let us first know its origin. Fungi are a large family that would include the mushroom. They thrive in soil and other organic materials. There are plentiful fungi that spread via airborne spores. Fungus spores, which has the ability to resist heat and live for long periods of time without water. They usually gain entrance into the system via the respiratory tract or a break in the skin.

Fungal illnesses can only be divided into 2 categories. The ones that only affect the skin or mucus membranes like the ringworm or oral thrush. While the other one is a type of fungus that is so widespread that it would affect various organs in the body such as the lungs, brain, liver, etc…

Fungal Infections in Dogs

  • Histoplasmosis. Commonly found in Central America (near the Great Lakes). Since these areas have nitrogen-rich soil that aids the growth of the causative agent, Histoplasma capsulatum. Spores are usually seen in soil that are contaminated by feces of chicken, bats and other birds. These spores are then inhaled by the dogs or other creatures and thus get infected.
  • Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis). This is probably the most life-threatening of all the systemic fungal diseases. This is seen in dry and dusty parts of the Southwestern American lands. Infection is also by inhalation and would initially cause acute pneumonia. Then it would eventually spread to the long bones, spleen, liver, brain, lymph nodes, and skin.
  • Blastomycosis. This is a kind of systemic fungal illness that is common in the Eastern seaboard, in the Great lakes area. This fungus is associated with moist, rotten organic debris that is protected from sunlight and is also rich with bird droppings, particularly those of pigeons. Like with the other kinds, this is also acquired via inhalation.
  • Cryptococcosis. This illness is caused by a fungus that is yeast like called Cryptococcus neoformans. This is also acquired via inhalation and its spores is found in soil that is enriched with bird poop, those of pigeons particularly. In dogs, this disease would involve the lymph nodes, eyes, and skin. Your pet may also show respiratory signs.

Good hygiene is very essential when your are dealing with fungal infections in dogs. The risk of you acquiring it may be low, but these are illnesses that are quite challenging to treat so better watch out yourself. Though there are kinds of fungal infections that are highly contagious to us, like the ringworm. So, you better be vigilant about it in order to prevent it from spreading into your entire household.

Where in USA are you currently located? Have you encountered these illnesses? What are your preventive measures for your pekingese? Share with us your sentiments and tips below.




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