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Fungal Pneumonia in Dogs

Fungal Pneumonia in Dogs

Fungal pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs resulting from a fungal lung infection. Today our North Asheville vets explain more about fungal pneumonia in dogs and how it is treated.

How serious is pneumonia in dogs?

The seriousness of your dog's fungal pneumonia depends upon a number of factors such as your dog's age, breed, overall health, and the type of fungal lung infection which has caused your pet's pneumonia. 

Fungal lung infections in dogs are typically caused by the inhalation of fungal spores. Some of the most common fungi responsible for fungal pneumonia in dogs include Cryptococcus, Coccidioides, Blastomyces, Histoplasma, and Aspergillus. 

Contact or inhalation of any one of the fungi capable of causing mycotic infection can result in the development of fungal pneumonia.

How can you tell if your dog has pneumonia?

Weight loss, fever, discharge from your pup's eyes or nose, breathing difficulties, coughing, increased respiratory rate, and even lameness can all be signs that your dog has a fungal infection. In some cases you may notice a crackling sound when your dog is breathing. Dogs with fungal pneumonia will typically avoid exercise, and show a disinterest in food.

If your dog is displaying any of the symptoms listed above, see your vet right away. The best treatment outcomes for fungal pneumonia are achieved through early diagnosis and treatment. Delaying treatment can lead to more severe symptoms.

How do you treat fungal pneumonia in dogs?

Treatment for fungal pneumonia can be lengthy and expensive, so early diagnosis is essential in order to treat the infection before symptoms become more severe.

Treating fungal pneumonia in dogs can involve antifungal medications, oxygen therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. In many cases, hospitalization is required in order to provide your dog with the intensive treatment they need. 

Some types of fungal infections are systemic and spread to other parts of the animal's body making them particularly challenging to treat.

Can a dog recover from pneumonia?

Your dog's chances of recovery depend upon a wide range of factors. Your vet will be able to provide you with a detailed prognosis for your pup.

Pneumonia caused by cryptococcosis can be challenging to treat and some dogs may not be able to survive the infection even with treatment, whereas a blastomycosis infection can often be treated effectively with oral antifungal medications.

Disseminated Aspergillosis is a more generalized fungal infection which can become life-threatening for dogs (particularly German shepherds). 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your canine companion is displaying symptoms of fungal pneumonia contact us right away to book an examination for your dog. At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, our vets offer comprehensive veterinary care for pets, including advanced diagnostics and treatment for fungal infections in dogs and cats.

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