Fungal Infection (Yeast) in Dogs
Any nervous systems shown in your animal may require inpatient supportive care. Outpatient care is used when the dog is stable.
Surgery is recommended if the dog has nodular (granulomatous) masses in its nose and throat; removal of these masses will alleviate breathing difficulties.
Living and Management
Monitor blood work (liver enzymes) monthly in dogs receiving antifungal drugs. Improvement in clinical signs, resolution of lesions, improvement in well being, and return of appetite measure response to treatment. Conduct blood tests that detect the presence of antigens of Cryptococcus.
Anticipated duration of treatment is three months to one year; patients with central nervous system disease may require lifelong maintenance treatment.
Measure the presence of antigens of Cryptococcus every two months, and up until six months after completion of treatment (or until the antigen is no longer detectable). If patient maintains low titers -- the amount of medicine or antibodies found in a patient's blood – for several months after all signs of disease have resolved, continue the treatment for at least three months. If titers suddenly rise after treatment, resume the therapy.
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
A type of fungus that produces buds
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
The feces of an animal
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
Any substance or item that the body of an animal would regard as strange or unwanted; a foreign disease or virus in the body (toxin, etc.)
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
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