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Dog fungal infections

Dog Fungal Infections

Pet health is extremely important for your dog as there are a number of health problems that can be faced by them if they are not taken care of and dog fungal infections is one of them.

Fungal infections are common to both humans and animals but the way it appears in both will be different. Dog fungal infections can lead to minor irritation of the skin or may be something serious that can even hamper the internal organs.

Soil and air are the most common ways through which the infection can be got either by ingesting, inhaling or even through the skin. Pathogenic fungi and opportunistic fungi are the two main categories of fungi that are primary causes for infection in dogs.

Pathogenic fungi are able to cause an infection in dogs that are healthy and opportunistic fungi lead to infections in dogs that are already weak due to certain other conditions like infection that is the result of bacteria or virus, malnutrition, growing age, lack of proper dog care and so on. Symptoms for dog fungal infections depend upon the kind of infection and can be diagnosed after examination by the veterinarian.

Aspergillosis is a dog fungal infection that is mostly seen in dogs that have a long nose and even though the fungus primarily affects the nose, the lesions can appear in different organs including the eye. Cryptococcosis is another fungal infection in dogs that attacks the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and central nervous system of dogs. This fungus is present in fowl droppings especially of pigeons and also in the soil. Dogs younger than a year are more prone to getting this infection that spreads rapidly and if it has gone up to a higher stage then recovery is most unlikely even despite treatment. Dog bacterial infections are also very common that can hamper your dog’s health. Bacteria is present everywhere and some of them are very useful to living organisms but some can be harmful and cause infections related to the skin, urinary tract, ear, eye, kidneys, respiratory and nervous system. The staph bacteria or staphylococci bacteria are present in the skin of dogs without posing any threat to them. However, if there is a wound or any cut in the skin then, there is an infection. This infection can cause a great deal of itchiness, lead to pus and small lesions that appear raised.  

  Submitted on June 8, 2010  

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