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Letter: Blastomycosis warning for dogs

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Three weeks ago our beloved Golden Doodle named Sophie had to be put to sleep after a short illness due to blastomycosis.

Blastomycosis is a fungal infection that a dog can get from spores left in the soil by rotting wood and vegetation near waterways. Blastomycosis is often misdiagnosed as pneumonia and can be fatal if not treated quickly.

It is too late for us, but knowing the symptoms may save another dog’s life from this disease. Here are the most common signs and symptoms of blastomycosis: Cough, shortness of breath, loss of muscle tone, especially in the back legs, skin lesions, pain, swelling, excessive tearing, clouding of the corneas and even blindness.

After hearing of another dog who was diagnosed with Blastomycosis in the same area we live, we believe with the recent cutting down of old trees in a park near us, Sophie may have contracted the infection from that.

Be aware of any of these symptoms that your dog may have and take them to your veterinarian’s office immediately.

Becki Owens


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