Fungal Infection in Dogs

Fungal Infection in Dogs

Fungal infection in dogs is a contagious disease that can be dangerous for dogs if not treated in the early stages. The fungi responsible for the disease are parasitic organisms that produce spores. Unfortunately, the answer to the question of whether the fungus can be transmitted to humans is yes; it is zoonotic in nature. It tends to be more common in the autumn months, especially in puppies under 12 months of age.


Transmission can occur through close contact with other animals carrying the fungus, as well as through inhalation and through wounds or scratches on the skin. This means that our little friends can even pick up this pathogen from the soil during walks. Additionally, studies have shown that long-term use of immunosuppressive drugs and antimicrobial drugs can increase the risk of fungal infection.


There are many fungal pathogens, and while each pathogen specifically targets different areas, they generally manifest as lesions on the skin and mucous membranes, as well as symptoms such as hair loss and redness. Fungi often settle in the ears, legs, and tail. In the early stages, there may not be many symptoms, but over time, the severity of the symptoms increases. Initially, it starts as a constant licking and chewing of the affected area. Later, there may be a bad odor on the skin, and hair loss in the affected area. Depression, aggression, and decreased appetite are also observed. Another area where the fungus can settle is the mouth. In the mouth, you may notice bad breath, the formation of thrush, decreased appetite, and continuous drooling. Fungal infection can also affect the urinary tract, leading to reduced or even absent urination, nausea and vomiting, weakness, and in later stages, bloody urine.


Is fungal infection lethal? It can be fatal in animals with a weakened immune system. However, in healthy animals with a strong immune system, severe fungal infections that tend to spread can also be fatal.


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