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Soil fungus infection

Medical name: Blastomycosis

Emergency Warnings



  • Loss of appetite
  • Stressful breathing
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dry cough
  • Easily worn out
  • Feverish
  • Lameness
  • Weight loss


Blastomycosis in pets is a relatively rare fungal infection caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis, a fungus that can usually be found in soil or wood. This condition can often be characterized by stressful breathing or a dry cough, as if the animal is trying to relieve some irritation or expel something more solid from his airway. Normally dogs breathe 10 to 30 times a minute, whereas the average cat takes 10 to 40 breaths. At rest, these should be silent, effortless breaths. The chest and abdomen rise and fall without signs of discomfort or distress and the animal is breathing through its nose. Other symptoms of blastomycosis may include conjunctivitis, or pink-eye, a loss of appetite, or fever. Cats’ and dogs’ normal body temperatures run a bit warmer than the typical human’s. Somewhere between 99 degrees F. and 103 degrees F. is normal for a cat or dog. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from blastomycosis, do not delay in seeking veterinary medical attention. If left untreated, the infection can spread throughout your pet’s body.

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