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Systemic Fungal Disease

General Information

Fungi are microscopic organisms found throughout nature. There are many types of fungi, but only a few cause illness in people and pets. Fungi are most often inhaled, but some enter the body through contaminated wounds.

Systemic infection means the organisms are multiplying and growing throughout the body. Organs commonly infected include the lungs, lymph nodes, brain, spleen, eyes, kidneys and skin. Systemic fungal diseases are very serious and difficult to treat.

The more commonly diagnosed fungal infections include blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and coccidioidomycosis.

Important Points in Treatment

1. Various laboratory tests and x-ray studies are necessary to diagnose fungal disease and monitor the response to therapy. Hospitalization is often necessary because many of the treatments require close observation.

2. Give all medication as directed. Call the doctor if you cannot give the medication.

3. Diet: Follow the instructions checked.

____Feed the normal diet.

____A special diet is required. Feed as follows: ___________

4. Exercise: Follow the instructions checked.

____Allow normal activity.

____Restrict activity as follows:

5. Special instructions: ___________________________________________________________


Notify the Doctor if Any of the Following Occur:

* Your pet's overall condition worsens.

* Your pet refuses to eat or drink.

* You cannot give the prescribed medication