Blastomycosis In Dogs

Blastomycosis is a fungal disease in dogs. It is caused by Blastomycosis dermatitidis. It primarily affects the skin but other parts of the body can also be affected. In North America, the problem is large confined around St. Lawrence, Ohio, and areas drained by the Mississippi River. The fungus is soil-borne and the primary mode of transmission is inhalation a very large number of fungal spores from contaminated environment, such as dead leaves along the riverbanks. One of the most common histories of a dog diagnosed with blastomycosis is walking along a river bank while sniffing eagerly the dead leaves and debris on the trail. Most cases occur around August to October when conditions for growth are excellent. While a healthy dog can easily recover from a mild infection, their immune system can be overwhelmed when they are exposed to a large amount of spores, that eventually leads to granumolatous pneumonia. 

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