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Fungal Infection in Midwest Dogs

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We're learning about a disease that could effect your pet.

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We're learning about a disease that could effect your pet.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6863760?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:01:41 +0000 Fungal Infection in Midwest Dogs We're learning about a disease that could effect your pet. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6863760?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WCIA and storyteller ryan burke. >> heather: a fungal infection pet owners need to be aware of this spring. >> joining us today, dr. ian sprandell a veterinarian at the veterinary diagnostic laboratories. what do you do over there? >> at the laboratory we're responsible for diagnosis of disease. what the pathologist's role in general is the an tom mcpathology department. we do post mortem examinations and do surgical pathology. >> once the animal has passed away, you examine them to see what happened. >> they say the pathologist has all the answers a little too late. >> something we want to prevent is this fungal infection popular in the midwest. >> a fungal disease is endemic to the midwest. this isn't something you see in the southwest or generally east coast that much. however, it is here in the midwest, and it is something that owners of dogs should be made aware of. they should know somewhat of the signs that they're going to see. >> we're looking at some signs right now. loss of appetite, weight loss, trouble breathing, a cough, sorsore on their skin, an eye disease and lameness. that's a lot to look out for. >> yeah. this is a fungus that lives and thrives in damp, wet places in the soil. our main concern is with hunting dogs. dogs explore their world with their noses, so they're really in there sniffing. that's why dogs are likely overrepresented for manifesting the disease. >> it could happen with other pets? ca cats? >> we've seen it in cats and horses and people can get it, too. you want to make sure that pet owners know if their dog would contract this, it is not communicable from the dog to the human owner. >> well, that's good. we start seeing these signs of this here, though. i feel like dogs go through these phases where they don't eat as much. maybe they lose a little weight. how do i know there's a potential problem? >> you rely on your veterinarian's good advice. if you see clinical signs, especially if you have a hunting dog or you know you've had a history of being in one of these wet, wooded areas, when you go to your veterinarian, voice the concerns. veterinarians in this area know about blasto. we call it that. and when your veterinarian recommends a course of diagnostics that will test for this, it's well worth it to do it. it make cost some money, but it is something that could be very life-saving to your dog. >> it can be tested for and treated? >> absolutely, it can be treated. however, the earlier the disease is detected, the much better the prognosis is. disseminated and going to places like the bone or brain is impossible to treat at that point. >> how long does it take to get there? what's your window to catch this? >> that's a tricky thing about it. it has a very long period of incubation ranging from 30 to 100 days. that becomes difficult when your dog doesn't feel good. what were we doing last week? it may be longer back in time than that. so voice these concerns, and if your veterinarian recommends certain diagnostics, even though they're not cheap, they're a lot cheaper and less painful than treatment. >> one more question about the symptoms. we saw all of those. do they come together, or do you see maybe one of them? >> you can see any of them. >> any or all? >> any or all. usually it's inhaled and often goes to the lungs so you have flu-like symptoms or exercise intolerance in mild cases or respiratory distress if it's severe. later on it's disseminated throughout the body and it depends on what organ system involves that. the signs are related to that. >> they get it from the soil, because it lives in the soil. even though dogs can't transfer it to their pet owner, humans can still get it? >> we get it the same way that they do. we need to inhale this form of this filamentus spore from the organism. interestingly, it turns into a yeast in the body when it gets really warm. since we don't explore our world with our noses, you're less likely. if you're immuno suppressed the chances increase. >> we've had this not so young lady. she has a few years on her as our pet on the set this afternoon. do you want to introduce us to her. >> she's a 14-year-old husky. she is -- she enjoys laying around, and well, that. >> that's what a 14-year-old dog needs to do. so fun. we appreciate you coming in. great tips for pet owners out there to be aware of. if you need any more information on this blasto infection, disease going around or it could be a possibility for your wet, head to ciliving.tv. >> did you see how she makes herself comfortable right here? isn't that great? our living room is your living room. >> she can come back anytime. now let's check in with ryan.

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