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Fungal Infection (Coccidioidomycosis) in Cats



Clinical signs, such as seizures, pain, and coughing should be treated. Symptoms may be relieved with steroids and cough suppressants. Until clinical signs begin to subside, physical activity should be restricted. This may be done with cage rest, or by setting aside a quiet, enclosed space for your cat to rest in. You will need to plan a high-quality diet to feed your cat during the recovery process 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.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will want to monitor blood antibody levels every three to four months, until they are in a range that can be considered normal. If your pet 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.


Prevention: If you live in an area where this fungus is prevalent, stay in touch with your veterinarian, so that you will if the veterinarians in your area are seeing a lot of cases of coccidioidomycosis. When this is the case, it is wise to avoid high risk areas, particularly after the rainy season and during dust storms.


This is one of the most severe and life-threatening of the fungal diseases, and the prognosis for your pet is guarded to grave. Many animals will improve with oral anti-fungal medication; however, relapses are common, especially if therapy is not followed through to completion or is shortened. Recovery without treatment is not typical, but it is possible for an animal to develop an immunity to the infection and recover from it.




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