Blastomycosis is caused by a fungal mold, Blastomyces dermatitidis, associated with moist, slightly acidic soil and decomposing organic matter, such as wood and leaves. The mold releases microscopic spores into the air, and when these spores are inhaled, infection can result. Exposure to areas that have been recently excavated has been shown to increase the risk of blasto in humans, presumably because it liberates large quantities of spores into the air, but the real risk of blastomycosis is proximity to water or moisture. So our current conditions of lots of rain, flooding and Foxx Con construction is creating Blasto's favorite environment.
This is a terrible, potentially deadly fungus. Dogs and humans are the most commonly infected species, with dogs 10 times more likely to develop the disease than humans. Geographically, blastomycosis is most prevalent in the valleys of the Mississippi, Ohio and St. Lawrence rivers, the Great Lakes states and certain parts of Canada. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wisconsin has the highest reported incidence of blastomycosis for humans, with rates in some northern counties 10 to 20 times above the national average.
Angelcare Animal Hospital of Racine, WI can usually get your pet in for an exam within 48 hours of your call for help. If finances are limited, we accept Care Credit, Visa, MC, and Discover. We will also design a treatment plan that can work within your budget. The important action plan is to get your pet in sooner than later. The longer your pet is suffering from his skin or ear disease, the longer (and costlier) it will be to produce a happy and healthy pet. Call 262-886-3337 or book now for an appointment today.