PetMD Seal

Fungal Infection (Histoplasmosis) in Dogs



Veterinarians will usually treat this condition with medications on an outpatient basis. If inpatient treatment is recommended, it may be as the result of your dog being unable to absorb nutrients properly (malabsorption) due to the intestinal disorder. If this is the case, your veterinarian will administer drugs, nutrients, and fluids intravenously until the condition has improved. 


Living and Management


After the initial treatment, your dog's activity level should be reduced until it is fully recovered. Cage rest, or restriction to an enclosed environment will limit your dog's movement enough so that it will not stress itself and prolong the recovery period.  If the condition does recur, a second course of treatment may be needed.




To prevent the development of histoplasmosis, you will need to try to steer your dog away from areas that are suspected areas of exposure to the histoplasma fungus, such as where birds, poultry or bats might roost, or around soil that is obviously contaminated with bird droppings.



Related Articles

Foreign Objects Stuck in the Throat in Dogs

Dogs tend to eat unusual things. When a dog ingests foreign material or foodstuffs too large to pass through the esophagus (the throat), the...

Bacterial Infection (Campylobacteriosis) in Dogs

Campylobacteriosis is a bacterial infection prevalent in puppies younger than six months old. The bacteria which causes the disease can even...

Stomach Flu with Bloody Diarrhea in Dogs

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is identified by blood in the vomit and/or stool, often due to a food borne illness. Because it is a serious disorder...

Gallbladder Obstruction in Dogs

Gallbladder mucocele causes obstruction of the gallbladder's storage capacity due to the formation of a thick, mucoid bile mass inside the gallbladder,...