But I like mushrooms. Are they bad fungi?
Fungal DiseasesFungi can be deadly for humans and animals. They are parasitic organisms that live in organic material, such as soil, compost, and other places that are conducive to their survival. They can be spread by contact with an infected environment and carried by airborne spores. Some are worse than others. They can affect the entire body or remain localized to a specific system or organ. As far as deadly, but preventable dog illnesses go, this one is probably one the least well-known. Symptoms: Because a fungal infection can affect any part of the body, symptoms can range widely. If it’s a skin infection, it can cause itching and irritation. If it’s a fungal ear infection, it can lead to itching, inflammation, and loss of hearing. If it’s a respiratory infection, it can cause coughing and pneumonia, which can lead to death. Stats & Cost If it’s identified early enough, the average cost of a fungal infection in the U.S. is $800, but if it progresses into a chronic illness or disease, it can be much more. Treatment: Treatment will vary according to the area of infection, but will commonly be treated with antifungal medications. Keeping our dogs in a healthy environment that will not cause regular exposure to fungi is an important prevention measure. It’s also important to ensure our pups have a strong immune system that can fight basic infections. At Vet Organics, we recommend EcoImmune, a strong, daily supplement that is effective for building and maintaining a healthy immune system for cats and dogs. Simply sprinkle this powerful booster on their food. It’s delicious and effective.
I don't really like getting vaccines, but they are important to my safety and survival. Don't skip getting me vaccinated, please.
Canine DistemperThis virus is incredibly contagious and remains the reason many shelters and doggy daycare centers can experience tragic outbreaks. It can infect others up to 20 feet away and is deadly for puppies and dogs that have not been vaccinated properly. It can sometimes occur in dogs that are vaccinated, but have been exposed to an infected area or infected canine. Symptoms:
- Discharge from eyes and nose
I like getting lot's of treats, but I like running and playing with my guardian even more.
Canine ObesityObesity is a serious problem for much of the population right now. It is one of the top deadly, but preventable dog illnesses out there. Overweight dogs are more prone to secondary diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Overfeeding, too many treats, too much rich human food, and not enough exercise are the most common causes of obesity in dogs. Symptoms:
- Improper waistline or no palpable rib cage
- Distended abdomen
- Lack or self-grooming
- Lack of mobility
- Difficulty breathing