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Fungal Infection (Coccidioidomycosis) in Dogs

Treatment

 

Clinical signs, such as seizures, pain, and coughing should be treated. Until clinical signs begin to subside, activity should be restricted. The dog should eat a high-quality diet to maintain body weight. If an organ is severely affected, surgical removal might be recommended. If the disease is widespread, aggressive anti-fungal therapy may be required for at least a year. The symptoms may be relieved with steroids and cough suppressants.

 

Living and Management

 

Your veterinarian will want to monitor antibodies every three to four months, or until they are in a range that can be considered normal. If your dog is not responding well to the therapy, a two to four hour post-pill drug level measurement test can determine how well the drug is being absorbed and give you and your veterinarian a better idea of what direction to go in.

 

This is one of the most severe and life-threatening of the fungal diseases, and the prognosis for your dog is guarded to grave. Many dogs will improve following oral anti-fungal medication. However, relapses are seen often, especially if therapy is not followed through to completion or is shortened. It is not typical for a dog to recover on its own without treatment, but it is possible for a dog to develop an immunity to the infection and recover from it.

 

Prevention

 

If the veterinarians in your area are seeing a lot of cases of coccidioidomycosis, it would be wise to avoid those areas, particularly after the rainy season and during dust storms. 

 

 

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