What are the signs and symptoms of blastomycosis in dogs?
- Weight loss.
- Poor appetite.
- Lymph node swelling.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Skin lesions (pimples/pustules, sometimes with draining tracts, and rash-like lesions)
How did my dog get blastomycosis? Blastomycosis typically occurs when soil contaminated with the fungus is disturbed, allowing airborne spores to be inhaled by the dog. Sporting or hunting dogs are at an increased risk, as they are more often in these contaminated areas. In addition, the spores can enter through the skin.
Can dogs survive blastomycosis? What is the prognosis for my dog? Prognosis is good for many cases of blastomycosis infection with recovery rates between 50-75%. “a dog in poor condition or with advanced disease is less likely to survive.”
How do I stop my dog from getting Blasto? The best way to prevent blastomycosis is to avoid bringing your pet to places where exposure is the greatest, such as streams and lakes. If you do reside near places where exposure is high, it is recommended to avoid dark, dense areas where the fungus will thrive.